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Norway’s Wealth Fund Suffers Biggest Loss in Four Years

  • Fund says can handle adjustments out of Europe with cash flow
  • Investor weighed down by Asian stocks, lost 21% on China
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The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund posted its biggest loss in four years, dragged down by Chinese stocks and Volkswagen AG, just as the Norwegian government prepares to make its first ever withdrawals to plug budget deficits.

The $860 billion fund lost 273 billion kroner ($32 billion) in the third quarter, or 4.9 percent, the Oslo-based investor said on Wednesday. Its stock holdings declined 8.6 percent, while it posted a 0.9 percent gain on bonds and a 3 percent return on real estate. It was the first back-to-back quarterly loss in six years.