New Jersey drawing heat for hedge-fund foray

Washington Post – New Jersey’s pension fund is under fire over a series of hedge-fund investments, the Wall Street Journal said.

New Jersey made the investments last month, to funds run by BlackRock Inc <BLK.N>, Canyon Capital Advisors LLC and GoldenTree Asset Management LP, as they were "facing the equivalent of margin calls," William Clark, director of the New Jersey Division of Investment, told the paper in an interview.

In effect, the funds, which had borrowed money for investments, either faced or anticipated facing demands from lenders for cash as the value of those investments fell, the paper said.

State legislators, upon learning of the investments, are questioning both the wisdom of the decisions as well as the process, according to the paper.

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