Alameda County Dips Into Alternatives

May 2 2008 | 9:48am ET

Another public pension is taking the plunge into the world of private equity and hedge funds. The $5.6 billion Alameda County (Calif.) Employees Retirement Association in March approved a new allocation to private equity and alternative investments to the tune of 10% of its portfolio.

According to minutes from its March board meeting, the new allocation will be funded by reducing the pension’s domestic equity component to 37% from 41%, as well as cutting fixed-income to 24% from 28% and real estate to 6% from 9%.

The system will also increase its international equity allocation from 22% to 23%.

The system’s consultant, Strategic Investment Solutions, and its staff in February concluded that the inclusion of private equity and alternatives to its portfolio “is a superior scenario to increase expected return” to “46 [basis points] above the current portfolio expected return of 8.33% and 103 bps of additional risk above the current portfolio expected risk of 11.37%.”

Oakland-based ACERA’s investments are managed by Betty Tse, who began her stint at the plan as an investment analyst in 1999 and became ACERA’s first chief investment officer in 2002. Previously, the plan’s investment department was managed by the CEO.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…