The Alaska Permanent Fund recorded a 24.7 percent loss in its investments during 2008 – with its public real estate portfolio dropping by almost half in the past 12 months.
The $28 billion pension, which manages income from the state’s oil and mineral resources, reported its entire real estate portfolio was down 7.8 percent in the year to the end of December – with its REIT investments falling 46.5 percent during the same period.
Alaska has invested $164 million in REITs compared to $3.6 billion in direct real estate opportunities with fund managers including LaSalle Investment Management, CBRE, Kennedy Associates and Sentinel Real Estate. Direct real estate investments gained almost 1 percent net of fees as of the end of September, according to documents on the pension’s website.
The fund allocates 10 percent of its portfolio to real estate and 6 percent to private equity. There was no performance information for its private equity investments.
However, the fund revealed its equities investments, including global, non-domestic and domestic equities, lost on average 41 percent while hedge fund investments lost 18.6 percent in 2008.
“This has been a difficult time to be an investor, even a long term investor,” Michael Burns, Alaska’s chief executive officer said in a statement. “Even those funds that appeared to ride out the early part of the storm, such as Yale and Harvard, are now posting significant losses.”