Capula Hired As Wisconsin Pension's First Hedge Fund

Feb 22 2011 | 10:24am ET

Wisconsin's top public pension fund has made its first investment in a hedge fund, allocating $100 million to Capula Investment Management.

The $83 billion State of Wisconsin Investment Board made the move after last year deciding to put up to 2% of its assets in hedge funds. Capula is the first of between 15 and 20 hedge funds the pension hopes to hire.

"SWIB continues to prudently negotiate with and to screen possible candidates with the help of SWIB's hedge fund consultant, Cliffwater," a spokeswoman for the pension said.

Wisconsin picked Capula's GRV Fund, which "invests in fixed-income and currency arbitrage and relative-value opportunities in the most liquid G3 companies," the spokeswoman, Vicki Hearing, said.

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