Texas Teachers Invest $200M In Asia Private Equity

Nov 24 2009 | 9:53am ET

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas has awarded a pair of Asian private equity firms with mandates worth $200 million.

The $83 billion pension fund has hired Squadron Capital and Morgan Creek Capital Management. Each will invest $100 million in emerging Asia p.e. funds as the teachers seek to capitalize on the region’s fast rebound from the recession.

The Texas pension has also started a fund of its own in another hot area for investment: gold. The fund has launched a $250 million vehicle that invests in precious-metal miners and exchange-traded funds, it said.

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