Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:44am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's public employee pension funds reported a nearly 8 percent return during the third quarter compared to a loss in the previous three months. State Treasurer Janet Cowell said Monday the pension assets grew from $65 billion to nearly $70 billion for the three months ending Sept. 30. For the three months ending in June, the funds reported a loss of 4.25 percent. Third-quarter growth was buoyed by a 13 percent return on stocks and more than 4 percent on bonds. Real estate holdings also had positive returns. Alternative investments designed to protect money from inflation performed poorly. The pension funds have generated a 6.75 percent return during 2011. Cowell invests for more than 820,000 public workers and retirees in North Carolina. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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