Pennsylvania Boosts Private Equity Investments

Mar 16 2007 | 12:59pm ET

The $32.1 billion Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System’s board has approved investments in four alternative investment funds. The system will commit up to $40 million to Insight Venture Partners VI, up to $40 million to OCM Opportunities VII; up to $40 million to OCM Opportunities VIIb, and up to $60 million in a follow-on investment in the Avenue Special Situations Fund V.

In addition, the system will also invest up to $25 million in the AG Asia Realty Fund and an unspecified amount in an inflation-protected mandate with Blackstone Alternative Asset Management. The investments will be funded from cash as part of SERS’ long-term investment plan. 

SERS last year earned 16.4% on its overall investments, thanks in part to private equity, which netted it a 23.2% return. Also contributing to the system’s overall strong performance was its portable alpha strategy, according to CIO Peter Gilbert. As applied in the large-cap domestic stock segment of the portfolio, in 2006 portable alpha boosted returns by 5.4% points above the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which returned 15.7%.

“In the five years since its inception, our portable alpha/fund of hedge funds strategy has now added more than $1 billion in above-market returns, without materially increasing risk,” Gilbert said.


In Depth

Whisky Business: The Ultimate Liquid Alternative Investment

Sep 15 2014 | 7:02am ET

David Robertson knows his single-malt whisky—he was the Master Distiller at the...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

The Cult of Loss Aversion: A Call to Rethink Risk in Global Macro Investing

Sep 4 2014 | 5:45am ET

In the wake of a traumatic loss, whether it is financial or personal, it is just...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

July/August 2014 Cover

In search of the ‘new normal’ at the Fed

The Federal Reserve keeps baby-stepping toward a “normalization” of monetary policy. But just what is normal?

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.