Pension fund CDPQ doubles down on private equity in hunt for yield

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By Karoliina Liimatainen
03 Oct 2019

For Canadian pension fund CDPQ, direct investments in private equity have become a crucial part of portfolio management. As the political debate around PE firms heats up globally, the Quebec pensioners are enjoying the fruits of CDPQ’s foray into the risky, demanding asset class that is off-limits for many smaller pension funds.

“When your goal is not so much to maximise your cash flow but to maximise your returns over the long term, it’s an asset class you have to consider,” said Stéphane Etroy, head of private equity at CDPQ.

CDPQ has doubled its private equity efforts in the past five ...

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