Azerbaijani State Oil Fund to reduce investments to US

  20 November 2015    Read: 479
Azerbaijani State Oil Fund to reduce investments to US
The State Oil Fund of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOFAZ) plans to reduce investments to be made in the shares on the US stock markets, Elnur Babayev, the representative of SOFAZ investment department, said at a workshop for journalists entitled "State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan: managing of funds and investments.
He said that SOFAZ will redirect this capital into the shares of the European stock markets.

"The reason for SOFAZ’s such decision was the expected increase in the interest rates in the US,” he said. “As a result, investors will sell their shares on the stock markets. At the same time, the European Central Bank decided to increase the monetary expansion. This will increase liquidity and the number of the stock markets in Europe. However, SOFAZ continues considering this issue."

The assets of the investment fund were placed as follows: 57.54 percent in European countries, 22.65 percent in North America, 3.71 percent in Australia, 11.12 percent in the Asia-Pacific Ocean region, 0.85 percent in the Middle East, 0.99 percent in South America, 3.13 percent in international financial organizations, Africa - 0.01 percent.

As of October 1, 2015, SOFAZ assets reduced by 6.38 percent compared to early 2015 ($37.1 billion) and were estimated at $34.74 billion.

SOFAZ was established in 1999 with assets of $271 million.

Based on SOFAZ`s regulations, its funds may be used for the construction and reconstruction of strategically important infrastructure facilities, as well as solving important national problems.

The main goals of the State Oil Fund include: accumulation of resources and the placement of the fund`s assets abroad in order to minimize the negative affect on the economy, the prevention of "Dutch disease" to some extent, promotion of resource accumulation for future generations and support of current social and economic processes in Azerbaijan.

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