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Private Equity


Just a Little Higher? Antti Ilmanen on the Low-Return Challenge

How can investors adapt to a low-for-long rate environment? Antti Ilmanen proposed several potential strategies.

Tennis Lessons for Alternative Investors

What does the current era of professional tennis have to teach us about the state of venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE)?

Private Equity Access: Should We Beware?

Should retail investors have access to private equity investments? Preston McSwain shares his take.

Private Equity: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Liquid alternatives to private equity can be created simply by buying small, cheap, and levered stocks, Nicolas Rabener writes.

Persistence That Just Ain’t So

Do private equity presentations overstate an ability to persist?

Top Five Articles from July: Private Equity, ESG, High Yield Today

Why do professional investors talk about behavioral finance more than they apply its insights? How do single stocks influence factor returns? The leading Enterprising Investor posts from last month address these questions and more.

Private Equity Funds: Leverage and Performance Evaluation

Leverage is pervasive in today’s private equity markets. Antonella Puca, CFA, CIPM, CPA, explores how private equity funds apply it and how investors should approach it.

Growing Trends in Private Equity: Secondary Market Investing

What does the private equity secondary market look like these days? Antonella Puca, CFA, CIPM, interviews Brett Hickey of Star Mountain Capital for his take.

Private Equity Presentations: Are Some Tall Tales?

Private investment fund internal rate of return (IRR) and volatility calculations can sometimes be quite misleading. So what can be done about it? Preston McSwain has some recommendations.

Private Equity’s Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Private equity’s demise has been overreported, according to Claudia Zeisberger, founder of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative. Critics of private equity are not hard to find, and if you listen to them long enough, you’ll hear all kinds of stories that make your stomach turn. No doubt, there have been bad actors abusing the label of “private equity investment.” But private equity is a governance structure, not a business model or industry.



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