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2Q 2009 Quarterly report

International equity and fixed income markets showed a marked improvement in the second quarter.

The results in brief

  • The return on the Government Pension Fund – Global in the second quarter was 12.7 per cent. The excess return came to 2.1 percentage points.
  • The return was record-high for a single quarter in both absolute and relative terms. The return was also larger in percentage terms than previous quarters’ negative return.
  • The value of the fund increased to NOK 2 385 billion, up NOK 309 billion from the first quarter.
  • Inflows into the fund totalled NOK 40 billion, a similar level to the first quarter but significantly lower than in previous years.
  • The allocation to equities rose to 60.3 per cent at the end of the quarter after a two-year transition period of equity purchases.

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