Norway sovereign fund gets junk bond limit

Norway’s Government Pension Fund-Global, Oslo, will face a limit of 3% of all fixed-income assets on the fund’s investment in bonds rated below investment grade, effective Jan. 1, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance announced Wednesday.

The ministry is implementing its first limit on junk bond investments at the 3.05 trillion Norwegian kroner ($524 billion) fund as a way to limit credit risk and to supplement the 1.5% tracking error limit in place on the fund’s entire portfolio, Anders Lande, spokesman, said in an e-mail response to questions.

The move was not in response to recent concerns about sovereign debt of peripheral European nations, Mr. Lande said. The fund held an undisclosed amount of Greek sovereign debt as of Sept. 30.

Bond investments rated below investment grade, or not rated at all, constituted 2.7% of the fund’s fixed-income investments as of Sept. 30, according to its third-quarter fund management report.