Dutch pension ABP reported strong growth in its private equity portfolio for the first half of 2010, with the asset class returning 13.7 percent compared to just 1.7 percent for real estate.
The gain in private equity is a steep increase from the 4.8 percent returned for the pension in the first half of 2009.
Infrastructure is a relatively new asset class within the ABP portfolio that is growing from a smaller base. The pension created its infrastructure allocation in 2007 and currently has .3 percent of its €218 billion investment portfolio invested in the asset class.
Private equity, by contrast, commands a 5.4 percent share of its portfolio. The 13.7 percent return on private equity equated to a gain of about €1.3 billion for the pension. Real estate makes up 7.9 percent.
Overall, ABP posted a 4.6 percent return on investment in the first six months of the year, equivalent to a gain of about €9.6 billion.