US - The Teacher Retirement System of Texas plans to boost investments in large cap stocks, real estate and hedge funds, while curbing fixed-income and currency holdings.
The strategy stems from the Austin-based fund's view that US equity markets offer better values than bonds, even as share indexes have about doubled or better since March 2009, chief investment officer Britt Harris said today.
"We have to accept that economic volatility is going to increase," Harris said at a meeting of the fund's board. "We need to be more equity-oriented but in a different way. We are going to need to lower our bond orientation."
The plan had a return of 12.6% for the year through September, with an ending value of about $100.3bn, according to a December statement. It described the return as first among US public pensions with more than $10bn in assets. About 53% of the fund's holdings were in equities as of September 30, including $4.1bn in large-cap US stocks, according to the December statement.
The fund said it held $17bn in Treasury debt, including $7.5bn in inflation-indexed securities.
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