Norway’s oil fund doubles investment in Lithuanian government bonds

The sovereign wealth fund achieved just a 2.7% return on its investments in 2015 – its worst performance since 2011.

The total fund is now worth around $876 billion. The Norwegian government made its first withdrawal from the fund in January to support state spending – the rainy day fund has been fed by state oil revenues over decades and was tapped for support in a slowing economy.

“2015 was a year of currency turmoil, negative interest rates, falling oil prices and weaker growth expectations for emerging markets,” said Yngve Slyngstad, the fund’s chief executive.

Plummeting oil prices have created a large deficit in the Norwegian government’s finances and it has signalled that it may have to make a much larger withdrawal later in 2016 if global prices continue to stay low.

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