However much anyone is shocked, they really shouldn’t be. That’s because the high cost of hiring outside money managers to oversee the city’s retirement assets was entirely predictable. As Bloomberg reported in 2013, New York City is “the only one of the 11 biggest U.S. public-worker pensions that refuses to manage any assets internally.” That alone suggests that the city is paying disproportionately high fees compared with pensions that manage some or all of their funds in-house.
The highest cost investments the city has are its $9.72 billion in private equity and $3.34 billion in hedge funds. The $160 billion retirement system pays fees of more than $360 million a year to outside money managers. That’s a big deal.
But a big surprise? Not even close.
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