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CA Answers: What’s Next for the US Dollar?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. We still expect a rising US dollar over the coming year or so; however, the currency is entering the final phase of the strong-dollar cycle and investors should be aware that valuations and historical cycles suggest […]

CA Answers: Is the United States Set for a Spike in Inflation?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. We doubt it. But, price levels are likely to rise gradually in the months ahead, as the rebound in energy commodities continues to impact measurements. Recent inflation data releases have raised concerns about a potential spike, […]

CA Answers: Are “Reflation Trades” Reversing or Just Pausing?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. Some of the reflation trades that received a boost from the US election (such as the stronger US dollar and higher US bond yields) look to be merely taking a breather as investors square positions; however, […]

Mission-Related Investing: Current Practices and Views of Non-Profit Investors

Investor approaches to mission-related investing (MRI) are as varied as the social and environmental outcomes they seek to achieve. This survey report explores trends in the structure and implementation of MRI programs, investor motivations and perceived challenges, and expectations for future growth in MRI investment activity, based on responses from 159 non-profit clients, 50 of which are actively making mission-related investments.

CA Answers: Is Now the Time to Invest in Real Assets?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. In a word, yes, albeit slowly and selectively. Since the US presidential election, the market appears to be pricing in renewed expectations of growth and inflation, both of which have the potential to positively impact real […]

VantagePoint: First Quarter 2017

The start of the year is always a good time to focus on personal improvements with resolutions. In this edition of VantagePoint, we share in the spirit of a new year by providing investment resolutions.

CA Answers: Why Shouldn’t Investors Simplify to a 70/30 Portfolio?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. Simple is not so sweet in the current environment. In a world of global uncertainty, investors should place a premium on diversification. The siren song of the simple portfolio may be difficult to resist, but its […]

CA Answers: Are Private Equity Returns Doomed?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. No. You just need to know where to look. Given the low return environment, many investors are exploring private equity investing for the first time, attracted by data points such as the 10.7% ten-year return for […]

Outlook 2017: A Break in the Clouds

In our 2017 outlook, we review the prospects for several asset classes—developed and emerging markets equities, credit, real assets, sovereign bonds, and currencies—and share the advice of our chief investment strategist.

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Clean Tech Company Performance Statistics 2016 Q3

Our Clean Tech Company Performance Statistics report evaluates the gross company-level performance of approximately 1,400 investments in more than 800 clean tech companies. These are updated on a quarterly basis, so we invite you to sign up to receive them in your inbox. 2016 Q3 Clean Tech Index Fact Sheet

Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Benchmark Statistics 2016 Q3

Our Australia index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from 66 private equity and 25 venture capital funds investing in Australia and New Zealand, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1997 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. These are updated […]

Private Equity and Venture Capital Impact Investing Benchmark Statistics 2016 Q3

Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network have collaborated to create the Private Equity and Venture Capital Impact Investing Benchmark. These benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from 65 funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1998 and 2014 and invested with the intent to create positive social impacts. This report gives you […]

Real Estate 2016 Q3

Our Real Estate index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from more than 900 institutional-quality real estate funds formed between 1986 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. These are updated on a quarterly basis, so we invite you to sign […]

Buyout and Growth Equity 2016 Q3

Our Buyout & Growth Equity index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from more than 1,900 institutional-quality global buyout and growth equity funds formed between 1986 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. These are updated on a quarterly basis, so […]

Ex U.S. Developed Markets and Emerging Markets Private Equity and Venture Capital 2016 Q3

Our Ex U.S. Developed Markets and Emerging Markets Private Equity & Venture Capital index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from more than 1,400 institutional-quality private equity and venture capital funds formed between 1986 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. […]

U.S. Private Equity 2016 Q3

Our U.S. Private Equity index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from more than 1,300 institutional-quality buyout, growth equity, private equity energy, and mezzanine funds formed between 1986 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. These are updated on a quarterly […]

U.S. Venture Capital 2016 Q3

Our U.S. Venture Capital index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from over 1,600 institutional-quality venture capital funds formed between 1981 and 2016. This report gives you access to extensive data, including fund index analysis and fund since inception analysis. These are updated on a quarterly basis, so we invite you to sign […]

Global ex US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary

Second quarter 2016 returns, in USD terms, for the Cambridge Associates LLC Global ex US Developed Markets Private Equity and Venture Capital Index and the Cambridge Associates LLC Emerging Markets Private Equity and Venture Capital Index were 1.3% and 0.7%, respectively. The dollar strengthened a bit from March to June, helping to dampen returns measured in US dollars. Public indexes tracking European companies generally suffered losses during the quarter, while emerging markets indexes were marginally positive.

Preliminary Index Returns 2016 3Q

Access our preliminary returns for U.S. Venture Capital, U.S. Private Equity, Global ex U.S. Developed Markets and Emerging Markets Private Equity & Venture Capital, Global Buyout, Growth Equity, and Real Estate benchmarks.