Massachusetts Cuts Hedge Funds After Pension Loss

Bloomberg – Massachusetts will cut investments in hedge funds after its public pension plan lost a record 24 percent on all assets in the fiscal year ended June 30.

The state pension plan’s board of trustees voted today to lower the amount of money invested in hedge funds to 8 percent, or about $3 billion of the $37.7 billion it oversaw at the end of June, from 12 percent, which is about $4.5 billion. The vote reversed a five-year effort by the pension system to boost returns by expanding such alternative investments.

”We all have to understand we’re making a bet on what assets will do well,” said state Treasurer Timothy Cahill, chairman of Massachusetts’s pension reserve investment management board. “Ultimately, we don’t make decisions based on the short-term, but we get measured on the short-term.”

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