Institutional Investors

State pension rehab takes direct route

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New York State adds $2.5 billion to hedge funds, plans emerging manager addition

By Susan Barreto

In spite of a lot of hurdles, New York State Retirement Fund has become an institutional market leader in direct hedge fund allocations. In the last 18 months, the retirement fund has completely rebuilt its hedge fund portfolio so that it is now a world-class show piece of hedge fund investing, not withstanding the volatile mix of political scandal and poor performing markets.

Indeed, the New York State Retirement Fund has become the focal point on the rolodex for any aspiring single manager. Most recently, an allocation of