There's an interesting article posted today on Time.com titled "Why Pension Funds Are Hooked on Private Equity" which discusses the relationship between pension funds, as investors in the private equity asset class, and the funds themselves which can provide outsized returns to the pension funds. The article also touches on the carried interest tax issue as well as how pension funds are underfunded which is driving the search for returns. Here's the link: http://business.time.com/2013/04/15/why-pension-funds-are-hooked-on-private-equity/
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