Institutional Investors

General Motors gets an alpha tune-up via direct investments


US car company pension now allocates more than $11bn

By Susan Barreto

General Motors has quietly revved-up its hedge fund investments over the last 10 years to become the pace setter among institutional investors. It has one of the largest hedge fund portfolios among global pension funds.

Ten years ago – as reported in the debut issue of InvestHedge – the General Motors pension plan decided to allocate 1% of its $85 billion, roughly $800 million, to hedge funds. GM staffers Paul Platkin and Mark Atanasio handled manager selection with a small amount, totalling $100 million, going