Saturday, May 9, 2009

Assembly To Probe Caisse's Reversal Of Fortunes

From The Montreal Gazette:

Hearings begin Tuesday on 25% loss. Pension fund manager's portfolio dropped $40 billion in value last year

National Assembly hearings start Tuesday in Quebec City on the staggering $40-billion shrinkage last year of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec's investment portfolio.

But the pension fund manager's CEO lifted the veil this week on the 25-per-cent reversal in Quebecers' collective fortunes, acknowledging the Caisse took too many risks.

"I find the level of risk, I find the level of leverage (borrowings), and I find the level of performance completely unacceptable, and we have taken action," Michael Sabia said in reply to questions from Parti Québécois MNA François Legault.

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