Oh Dear, CalPERSfornication Goes Global!
A couple of days ago, Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami posted a link to an article by Arleen Jacobius of Pensions & Investments, How CalPERS strategy backfired (hat tip, Bill Tufts): Behind CalPERS' staggering real estate losses lies a strategy that took on too much risk and lacked adequate oversight. Once the fund's star asset class, the real estate portfolio of the $201.1 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System lost nearly half its value during the one-year period ended Sept. 30. The fund's real estate consultant, Pension Consulting Alliance Inc. , predicts losses will continue for at least another year. At the heart of the problem is a freewheeling approach that took on massive leverage, gave enormous discretion to staff and experienced poor timing with its investments. The decision-making process and risk management need to be much more rigorous, acknowledged Joseph A. Dear, who joined CalPERS as chief investment officer earlier this year. The co