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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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.

Private Equity Overhang Drops Sharply, Cambridge Finds

The private equity overhang dropped substantially in the past three years, according to research by Cambridge Associates. The overhang – uncalled capital available for investment – declined from a peak of $445 billion at the end of 2009 to about $325 billion by the end of 2012, according to a report from Cambridge. A variety of factors explain the decline.

SJF Ventures Raises $90M for Third Fund, Tripling Size of Prior Fund

SJF Ventures has held a final close on its $90 million for its third fund, raising more than three times the amount of its second fund, which totaled $28 million, the firm announced Thursday. Investors in the new fund include CitiDeutsche Bank, MetLife, Prudential Financial, Cambridge Associates, Mercer Consulting, and Trillium Asset Management, SJF said in a press release.

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Distributions From Venture Funds Spike

Venture capital returns creep ahead in fits and starts. Distributions to LPs, however, have gone through the roof. In the third quarter of 2012, they hit their highest level since 2001, and they look poised to go higher in the fourth quarter and beyond.

Venture Performance Remains Far Cry From 1996 Heyday

How are U.S. venture capital funds performing? Depends on which time frame one looks at, and whether one focuses on portfolio value or cash returns. But overall, new data from Cambridge Associates shows VC performance improving over a 10-year time frame but third- quarter write-downs weighed on results.

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