SEC probing private equity performance figures: Reuters

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining how private equity firms report a key metric of their past performance when they market new funds to investors, as the regulator boosts its scrutiny of the industry, according to people familiar with the matter.

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LPs rejoice! Free benchmarks are now available from Bison

Less than a year after Thomson Reuters outsourced its benchmarking to Cambridge Associates, Bison has introduced a series of free benchmarks to help institutional investors determine how the performance of a single fund measures up against a population of peers.


What to offer your LP

For some LPs it’s crucial to avoid any appearance of impropriety. That means refusing lavish gifts, and it could extend as far as turning down a cup of coffee.


Highlighting the pay discrepancy among LPs

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer recently hired Scott Evans, a 27-year veteran of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity of America-College Retirement Equities Fund as chief investment officer at an annual salary of $224,000. While a nice salary relatively speaking (relative to say, a journalist’s salary), the compensation is not competitive compared to the private financial sector.

The Mood Among LPs? Much Better, Thank You, Survey Says

For all the private equity firms waiting – patiently and impatiently – for limited partners’ moods to improve, the wait is over. According to a new LP survey by Preqin, the private equity data firm, LPs are moving squarely off neutral and into high-gear in terms of committing new funds.

More than three times as many LPs, about 46 percent of Preqin’s respondents, said they planned to increase the amount of capital that they commit to private equity during 2011, as compared to 13 percent who said they planned to reduce their commitment levels. And of those LPs who planned to commit more in 2011, about two in every five said they said they planned to increase their commitments “significantly.”

The Preqin results echo another recent study – this one by Coller Capital – which reported that more than twice as many LPs planned to increase their target allocations to private equity in 2011, as compared to those who planned to decrease their allocations. The Preqin results were more profound, revealing that more than three times as many LPs planned to increase their target allocations to PE over the next 12 months as those that planned to decrease them.

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