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Regulators Seek to Contain SVB Fallout

Following no US bank failures in the last two years, two banks failed in the last three days—Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank. As the situation evolved last week, investors, businesses, and regulators became increasingly concerned about SVB and risks to the broader economy. Over the weekend, US officials from the Federal Reserve, Treasury, […]

March 2023

Global ex US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary: First Half 2022

According to Cambridge Associates (CA) indexes, private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) in the developed markets underperformed those in emerging markets in first half 2022. The Cambridge Associates LLC Developed Markets ex US PE/VC Index returned -11.1% in the period, in USD terms, and -3.3% in euros. Because returns are measured in US dollars, the […]

January 2023

US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary: First Half 2022

In first half 2022, US private equity and venture capital broke their trend of sustained positive performance as the downturn in the public markets spilled over to privates. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, the Cambridge Associates LLC US Private Equity Index® returned -5.3% (-0.4% and -5.0% in first and second quarters, respectively) […]

January 2023

US Private Equity Looking Back, Looking Forward: Ten Years of CA Operating Metrics

Ten years ago, we were emerging from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC); the worst recession and market crash experienced in decades. With increased commitment activity and growing exposures to private investments, institutional investors needed new tools to understand the impacts on and implications for their portfolios. In response to this need, Cambridge Associates issued our […]

November 2022

Right-Sizing Private Investments for the Evolving Pension

Most defined benefit plans—including public, multi-employer, and even frozen corporate plans—can benefit from private investment (PI) strategies. It is fairly common knowledge that private investments offer important value in the form of increased expected investment returns, and that they can be instrumental in improving funded status and achieving other plan goals. Despite this, many plan […]

September 2022

Global ex US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary: Calendar Year 2021

In 2021, the Cambridge Associates LLC Developed Markets (ex US) Private Equity and Venture Capital (PE/ VC) Index returned 33.4% in USD terms, equaling its strong performance in 2020. Because the index’s return is measured in US dollars, the currency’s value vis-à-vis the euro impacts its performance. The US dollar gained significant value against the […]

August 2022

US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary: Calendar Year 2021

In 2021, the US private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) indexes posted their highest calendar year returns since 1999, potentially signaling a market peak and the end of over a decade of steady growth. For the year, the Cambridge Associates LLC US Private Equity Index® returned 41.3% and the Cambridge Associates LLC US Venture Capital […]

August 2022

Are Venture Returns About to Cycle?

Yes. We do expect venture capital (VC) returns to be negatively impacted in the coming quarters but doubt that impact will be as pronounced and wholesale as it was during the dot-com era. To this day, the US VC 1999 vintage year fund cohort still reports an overall negative internal rate of return and has yet to return […]

May 2022

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