A Wisconsin state fund said it lost $95 million in an unauthorized bet on the direction of Mexico's currency and interest rates, becoming the latest government entity to lose public money on risky investments.
The $6.7-billion fund, which invests for the state, its retirees and about 1,000 local governments, suffered the biggest investment loss by a municipality since December, when a $1.7-billion loss hit Orange County.
Wisconsin, also known for its investments in leveraged buyout funds and high-risk biotechnology stocks, lost its money on derivatives tied to the value of Mexico's peso and interest rates.
Jim Amundson, treasurer of Dane County, said he was surprised. Only a few months ago, state officials reassured him about the fund, which manages about $65 million of the rural county's money, he said.