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Alaska Permanent Fund plans new distressed debt play and 'mini-funds' to enhance the $6.5 billion opportunities portfolio. Susan Barreto looks at how history has shaped the fund's actions

New distressed debt play and 'mini-funds' enhance $6.5 billion opportunities portfolio further

By Susan Barreto

The $31 billion Alaska Permanent Fund has been a rich gift most Alaskans may take for granted and probably does not seem to carry the caché that one would expect from being the only US-based sovereign wealth fund.

Alaska residents' annual cheques over the course of 27 years have ranged from $331 to well over $1,000. This autumn marks only the third time in the fund's 33-year history that staff have reported a net loss. Following 2008's