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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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peHUB First Read

This Tuesday morning find out all about Cambridge Associates being sued over performance calculation; life science companies that are built to last and a new PE fund from LionGold.

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Venture Performance Improves

Venture funds are doing better lately — posting bigger gains on investments and returning more capital to limited partners, according to the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S. Venture Capital Index.

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The Good News: PE and VC Funds Outpaced Public Equities in Q4

It’s cause for celebration, if only a little. According to the newest data out of Cambridge Associates, U.S. private equity and venture capital funds bested public equities in the fourth quarter of last year, returning 3.5 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq, the Russell 2000, and the S&P 500 all showed negative returns in comparison.

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