CalPERS Loses 2.3% On Hedge Funds, Gains 12.4% On Private Equity

Jan 26 2012 | 1:19am ET

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System managed to make money last year—no thanks to its hedge fund investments.

The nation’s largest public pension fund lost 2.29% on hedge funds, Joseph Dear, chief investment officer, told the CalPERS board. Despite the loss, CalPERS managed a 1.1% return for 2011, a year that saw the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finish flat.

What positive return there was can be attributed to CalPERS’ other alternative investments. Its private equity portfolio was up 12.37% through the third quarter, and its real-estate portfolio returned 9.92%.


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