BT pension fund switching a good portion out of equities

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by SethArb, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. from the reuters wires

    Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:31 AM BST

    -LONDON Telecoms company BT Group Plc's pension scheme is switching about a third of its UK equity holdings, or about 3 billion pounds, into alternative assets, the Financial Times said on Saturday.-

    -A BT spokesman said: "We're not in a position to comment on that."-

    -The newspaper said the move by Hermes, BT's pension fund manager, represents one of the biggest single shifts away from the London stock market by a UK pension fund in recent years.-

    -It said one leading consultant predicted that it would have a "snowball effect", prompting a further acceleration away from equities. Pension funds have steadily reduced their exposure to equities over the past decade.-

    -The FT said BT's pension scheme, the UK's largest retirement fund, was switching funds into assets such as hedge funds and private equity in a "radical move for the fund that has long set investment trends for industry".-
  2. It's not a shift out of the stock market. They're merely giving away discretion to outsiders.......WHO "INVEST" IN STOCKS. What do those pension fund idiots think that hedge funds and private equity funds do? If those funds manage the money well, the pension fund guys will be deemed to be heroes. If they lose money, blame will be cast elsewhere.