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We have a point of view. One that is borne of weeks and months, sometimes years, of investigation, due diligence, and testing. Here you will find everything from market commentaries and benchmarking data to perspectives on diversification and portfolio construction. We apply a healthy skepticism to new ideas while challenging the old standbys. We aim to incite dialogue, test assumptions, and provide a rationale for our recommendations. Watch us. Understand our perspective. Perhaps you will agree, perhaps not. Either way, we hope you will gain some insights.

VantagePoint: Fourth Quarter 2017

This quarter’s edition covers key risks to continued economic expansion, including monetary policy and inflation pressures. Also discussed are whether investors are being compensated for taking risk and different strategies for geopolitical risks.

Why Diversification Wins

Lessons from Fiscal Year 2017 Results Diversified investors are noticing quite a difference in 2017 fiscal year performance—and it’s a welcome change. In the midst of an extended US equity market, and with returns that many diversified investors have found hard to swallow over the last few years, the turnaround in annual performance for what […]

CA Answers: Do Recent Events Change the Outlook for Insurance-Linked Security Strategies?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. The strong Atlantic hurricane season and Mexican earthquakes have resulted in a tragic loss of life and property. Insurance-linked securities (ILS), meanwhile, have suffered a less dramatic impact. Estimated insurance losses for 2017 from earthquakes, hurricanes, […]

Latin American Private Equity Limited Partners Opinion Survey

Cambridge Associates partnered with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) to conduct an annual survey of global institutional investors about their views on Latin American markets. The survey report covers both domestic and international investors’ views of private equity opportunities and challenges in Latin America, based on responses from 103 limited partners.

Private Credit Strategies: An Introduction

Private credit offers distinct advantages and appeal in a low return environment, but investors should be aware that behind the name is a diverse array of strategies, some more familiar to institutional investors than others, each with idiosyncratic risks. In this report, we describe the broad array of private credit strategies and position them along the risk/return spectrum, review the investment process, discuss expectations for the performance of these strategies in various parts of the economic cycle, and highlight some key risks for investors to consider.

Private Energy: Deserving a Place

The potential for strong performance and use as a diversifier give private energy investments merit as part of portfolios.

Navigating the “Alphabet Soup” of Mission-Related Investing

Mission-related investing. Socially responsible investing. Impact investing. Sustainability investing. Environmental, Social, and Governance. Also known as: MRI, SRI, II, SI, ESG. The lexicon of mission-related investing can sometimes feel like “alphabet soup.” There is no universal framework for the terminology and the strategies that we include under the umbrella of mission-related investing are expansive—and often […]

Policy Benchmarking: A Guide to Best Practices

Policy benchmarking is a critical component of building and managing a successful investment program. In this paper we set out our comprehensive benchmarking framework and then zero in on the policy benchmark as the primary reference point for evaluating investment decisions.

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Preliminary Index Returns 2017 Q2

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.

Global ex US PE / VC Benchmark Commentary: Fourth Quarter 2016

In USD terms, the Cambridge Associates LLC benchmark indexes for global ex US developed and emerging markets private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) produced nearly identical results in fourth quarter 2016 (0.9% and 0.8%, respectively), but for the year the developed markets index earned a significantly better return (11.7% versus 4.6%).

Clean Tech Company Performance Statistics 2017 Q1

Our Clean Tech Company Performance Statistics report evaluates the gross company-level performance of approximately 1,500 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. 2017 Q1 Clean Tech Index Fact Sheet

Private Equity and Venture Capital Impact Investing Benchmark Statistics 2017 Q1

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 71 funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1998 and 2014 and invested with the intent to create positive social impacts. This report gives you […]

US PE/VC Benchmark Commentary: Fourth Quarter 2016

Calendar year 2016 results for the Cambridge Associates LLC benchmark indexes for US private equity and US venture capital dramatically diverged: the private equity index had its best year since 2013 and the venture capital benchmark had its worst year since 2008.

Real Estate 2017 Q1

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 […]

Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Benchmark Statistics 2017 Q1

Our Australia index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from 69 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 […]

Buyout and Growth Equity 2017 Q1

Our Buyout & Growth Equity index and benchmark statistics are based on data compiled from more than 2,000 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 and Emerging Markets Private Equity and Venture Capital 2017 Q1

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 1,500 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 2017 Q1

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 […]