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July 2014

US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary

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During a 2013 in which low interest rates pushed many investors into equities, the public equity markets saw stellar returns, beating out the performance of investments in US private equity and venture capital for the year. But these alternative assets also fared well, with US private equity and venture capital funds having their best annual returns since 2006 and 1999, respectively. Investors in private equity funds received the largest total annual capital distribution in the history of the Cambridge Associates benchmark, while investors in VC funds received their second largest payout since 2000.