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The Norwegian Oil Fund Surges, Investors Should Take Note

July 11th, 2022

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, one of the world’s biggest investors and the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund grew by $100 billion in 2012, making 2012 its second-best year on record. The fund rose in value by 13.4% last year. It is now worth circa $710 billion, which is 40% more than the value of the entire Norwegian economy. Known as the ‘oil fund’, it invests revenue from Norway’s lucrative oil industry for the country’s future. Stocks returned 18.1%, while its bond investments climbed 6.7%. Real estate investments returned 5.8%.

While the performance reflected the development in the global markets, US and global investors can take a lesson from the fund’s well-executed shift in investment strategy. While this fund is a sovereign wealth fund, funded by the country’s excess oil revenue, individual investors may be well-served if they follow the lead of the fund in their investment strategies. The fund’s strategies may provide insight for individual investors to consider when looking for investment opportunities or looking to align their investment portfolios.

During 2012, by investing in certain regions, the fund made some bold moves, suggesting where they see future opportunity and growth. Conversely, exposure in regions and names in which may be either potentially underperforming or lagging in the near term were reduced. Investors should look at the fund’s actions as yet another tool in their investing tool belt.

The fund has been steadily reducing its assets in Europe as part of a long-term plan to move into both emerging and developed markets in Asia and the Americas, where it sees future strength in the world’s economy. Indeed, during the year, the fund almost halved its exposure to UK and French government bonds, while increasing its to debt from the US, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Mexico. The fund also more than quadrupled its holding of Australian government debt. For the first time, the funded added bond holdings in local currencies from countries such as China, Russia, Hungary and the Philippines.

As a result, the fund, managed by the country’s central bank, cut its exposure to recession-riddled Europe to 48% of its portfolio down from 53% in 2011. Undoubtedly, the oil fund is not unique in reducing its holdings in the Euro-zone, however, this action may not only suggest a shift in the expected growth rates in the global economy, but it may hint at a expectation that the Euro-zone crisis could linger.

In the equity book, accounting for about 61% of its holdings, among its top investments, it reduced its holdings in Apple by 20%, or around $911.60 million in last three month of 2012. It also cut its stakes in Vodafone, BG Group and ExxonMobil. The fund however boosted its exposure to firms such as HSBC and BlackRock. In addition to Apple and HSBC, the fund’s biggest shareholdings include Nestle, Royal Dutch Shell, and Novartis.

Optimizing Your Logistics and Distribution

June 24th, 2022

Undeniably, the most crucial role of a company following the production is the distribution and logistics of the final goods so that they reach the end consumers at the right time. Clearly, logistics and delivery both have an unmatched role to play in the performance of the business. Hence, a steadfast and seamless mechanism for your goods distribution will ensure that your customers are satisfied with you. While the system of logistics and distribution varies with companies depending on the kind of products they deal in, optimizing it means following some discrete approach. However, here are discussed some easy and tacit ways to simplify distribution operations to make sure customers get a satisfying service.

Resource efficient packaging

Most of the times, courier and delivery services companies deploy a uniform packaging system, irrespective of what they are distributing. Many times, we see a simple consumer good, which is not as fragile as an electronic item, arriving with layers of packaging. So, you need to make sure that your packaging do not become excessive and as per the product nature from you logistics service provider. This way not only wastes will be reduced but also the costs of packing.

Bring forth new delivery options

Just not the products but there are many things that matter in delivery like the weight, dimension, nature or type of product, or whether it needs cold storage. While all this have a huge impact on the customers’ satisfaction and state of the product when it will arrive at them, you need to find out whether you own delivery system have options to take care of all the aspects well.

Turning on automated processes for delivery

Another way you can assure that your delivery systems are fulfilling all expectations of customers is automation. Tracking of delivery route, time and vehicles/driver details, will help customers relax back while their orders are out for delivery. This further reduces the random calls and inquiries from the customers regarding their products.

Picking a logistics and delivery partner

The most befitting way to streamline your logistics and delivery mechanism is joining hands with a full-fledged delivery and courier services company who will help you through and out. From special handling of the products to warehousing management, products packaging to dispatch, doorstep deliveries to customers services, they will be in charge of all.

You need to realize that the logistics role is hard and it is that significant part of your business, which can hold back your customers providing them right delivery facilities. Whichever business you are into, just make sure your logistics support is well optimized and automated to get your products aptly to your end customers.

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