ECB taper unlikely to upset major European equity investors

Norwegian sovereign wealth fund boosted by €200 billion investment in European stocks

The European Central Bank, Frankfurt
The ECB, Frankfurt

The end of the unconventional monetary policies implemented by the European Central Bank (ECB) does not necessarily spell trouble for major equity investors, such as Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, say analysts.

The Scandinavian sovereign wealth fund, whose assets reached $1 trillion in September 2017, is relying on European equities to maintain returns. In the second quarter of 2017, its total assets yielded 2.6%, with its European stocks yielding 6.3%. 

The fund’s portfolio

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