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Dutch Pension Turns $56 Million Profit From Hedge Fund Exit

The Netherlands’ second-largest pension fund, PFZW, decided late in 2014 to completely exit its $2 billion hedge fund portfolio. Two months later, after a rapid-fire wind down, the pension fund has exited all hedge funds – and it made a $56 million profit in the process. From ai-cio.com: Dutch healthcare sector pension PFZW netted a $56 million ...
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Preqin: More Pensions Invested in Private Equity, But Average Allocation Down From 2013

Data from Preqin shed some light on private equity activity in 2014, and showed that more public pension funds invested in private equity in 2014. Even still, public pensions’ average allocation to private equity has dipped slightly since 2013. From ThinkAdvisor: Preqin, the investment alternatives data provider, found that the number of active U.S.-based ...
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Pension Funds Find Farmland To Be Fertile Investment

Institutional investors are donning their straw hats, opening their tool sheds and getting to work in the crop fields. Investors are drawn to farmland by strong returns and its weak correlation with other assets. From The Economist: Institutional investors such as pension funds see farmland as fertile ground to plough, either doing their own deals ...
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Paul Singer: CalPERS’ Hedge Fund Exit Was “Off-Base”

Paul Singer, a hedge fund manager, activist investor and billionaire, wrote in a recent letter to clients that CalPERS’ exit from hedge funds was “off-base”. CalPERS said at the time that its decision to exit hedge funds was based on their “complexity, cost and the lack of ability to scale at CalPERS’ size”. Singer responded to those criticisms, ...
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San Francisco Pension To Vote Again On Hedge Funds

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is once again weighing whether to begin investing in hedge funds. Last Spring, the fund formulated a plan to invest up to 15 percent of its assets, or $3 billion, in hedge funds. But the vote has been tabled three times since then. This week, the fund will vote again on the issue. From SFGate.com: The ...
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