The Church of England is increasing its endowment exposure to hedge funds.
Financial Times reported that Church commissioners, who are in charge of managing the endowment, will meet next month to decide where to allocate the fund’s assets. Although specific strategies have not been finalized, it has been set that the endowment will increase its alternative investments, which includes investments such as hedge funds, private equity and real estate.
The article stated that one option the commissioners will consider boosting is its hedge fund investments, although the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group stated last month that such “investment portfolios will never be pure…[and] ethical ambiguity is intrinsic to life.”
The Church, which has nearly tripled it hedge fund allocation to 10% since 2009, is the 15th largest single investor in hedge funds in the U.K., and one of the top 50 in private equity.