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Venture capital returns keep bulking up

Venture capital returns dropped in the first quarter from the end of last year, but they continued to show improvement over longer time frames, according to a report by Cambridge Associates.

Cambridge Associates taps KPMG’s Koriath to head UK pension practice

Global institutional Investment advisor Cambridge Associates has named Alex Koriath as head of its UK pension practice. Prior to joining the company, Koriath worked at KPMG‘s investment advisory team in London, where he served as director and head of fiduciary management advisory services and head of manager research.

Cambridge hires Koriath as head of UK pension practice

Cambridge Associates has hired Alex Koriath as head of the UK pension practice. Koriath joins Cambridge from KPMG’s investment advisory team in London, where he worked as director and head of fiduciary management advisory services and head of manager research.

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Cambridge: Private equity LPs received most-ever distributions last year

Limited partners in private equity funds received the largest total of distributions last year in the history of the Cambridge Associates benchmark. LPs in venture capital funds received the second largest payout since 2000. Cambridge’s private equity index rose 20.6 percent last year, while the venture capital index increased 27.2 percent, its best annual performance in 15 years.

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Venture capital fund performance continues to make gains

Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of December 31, 2013, according to the National Venture Capital Association’s performance benchmark, the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S Venture Capital Index®. The quarterly, 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year horizons all showed higher returns with the 15-year horizon down from the previous quarter and the 20-year horizon unchanged.

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peHUB First Read

To take you into this Memorial Day weekend, First Read has news that dry powder is 23% higher than forecast, DARPA is using the Oculus Rift to train cyber-soldiers, insight into KKR Capstone and America’s new subprime problem: auto loans.

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Solid returns for ex U.S. developed markets PE and VC funds

Private equity funds that invest primarily in developed ex U.S. markets, and those that focus on emerging markets, started the second half of 2013 with solid returns in the third period. Both alternative asset classes generated positive returns for the quarter ending September 30, 2013, with investments in developed markets outperforming those in emerging markets for the period. Returns for funds in both asset classes were up from the prior quarter, according to global institutional investment firm Cambridge Associates.

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Thomson Reuters partners with Cambridge Associates on benchmark data

Thomson Reuters has struck a deal with consulting firm Cambridge Associates to provide the latter’s private equity benchmarking data to subscribers of the Thomson Reuters Eikon service. Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB) and its predecessors, including Venture Economics, collected and published buyout and venture capital return data and statistics for more than two decades.

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