Article | Last updated: 2018-04-10 | Ministry of Finance
From 1 January 1998 to the end of 2017, the average annual nominal return on the GPFG was 6.1 percent as measured in the currency basket of the Fund. The nominal return net of asset management costs and inflation (net real return) is in the said period calculated at 4.2 percent.
The nominal return on the Fund was 13.7 percent in 2017 as measured in the currency basket of the Fund. The return on the equity portfolio was 19.4 percent, whilst the fixed-income portfolio delivered a return of 3.3 percent. The unlisted real estate investments returned 7.5 percent, cf. figure below.
Fund performance in 2017
Measured in international currency
Source: Norges Bank and the Ministry of Finance
The return on the equity and fixed-income portfolio is measured against a benchmark index set by the Ministry. All in all, Norges Bank achieved a return 0.70 percentage point higher than the return on the benchmark index in 2017. Both the equity and bond investments delivered higher returns than the benchmark index. The manager performance must be assessed over time. Norges Bank has achieved an average annual gross excess return of 0.28 percentage point since January 1998, cf. table below for more details. Gross excess return is considered to be a reasonable measure of net value added in the operational management of the Fund, cf. Report on the Fund for 2015, chapter 7.
Sources: Norges Bank and Ministry of Finance