Major Public Pensions’ Hedge Fund Portfolios Soar

Sep 20 2010 | 1:26am ET

It seems some large public pension funds really know what they are doing when it comes to investing in hedge funds. According to Pensions & Investments, a sample of eight of them is easily besting the overall industry with their own hedge fund portfolios.

Those plans, with between $1.2 billion and $5.5 billion in hedge fund assets, saw their hedge funds return an average of 11% over the past year. That’s well above the performance of most hedge fund indices.

The Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System saw its $5.1 billion hedge fund portfolio return 15.6% in the 12 months ended June 30. The New Jersey Division of Investment’s hedge funds soared 13.9% over the same period.

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement Systems’ hedge funds rose 12.6%, those of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System rose 9.8% and the Texas Teacher Retirement System’s 7.7%.

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