Private Capital

Managing Director, Consultant Relations Appointed

Posted by Commonfund on Nov 28, 2018

Topic: People | Private Capital

Commonfund Capital, the private capital subsidiary of Commonfund, announced today that its investment team has expanded with the appointment of Jay Teevan as Managing Director of Consultant Relations. Jay’s focus will be working with the investment consulting and advisory community on Commonfund Capital’s suite of investment programs in private equity, venture capital, private natural resources, secondaries and co-investments.

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Commonfund Capital Closes 12th Venture Capital Fund at $432M

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 8, 2018

Topic: Private Capital

Commonfund Capital today announced the closing of its 12th venture capital fund, Commonfund Capital Venture Partners XII. The fund closed with $432 million of capital commitments sourced from institutional investors such as endowments, foundations and pensions

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Cari Lodge on Bloomberg TV

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 13, 2018

Topic: Private Capital

Cari Lodge, head of secondaries at Commonfund Capital, discusses the development of the secondaries market for private equity and opportunities that it offers investors

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Private Capital: Key to Unlocking Growth in Emerging Markets

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Apr 25, 2018

Topic: Private Capital

After a turbulent period, emerging markets have delivered double-digit returns in recent years. Private investments in emerging markets offer a way to diversify beyond the public markets and, in general, have also been a source of strong returns...

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5 Private Capital Concerns

Posted by Ralph P. Money, Peter Burns on Mar 9, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Private Capital

At the end of the year we sent out a short survey to learn more about investors’ headline concerns about the private capital markets today. Investors also shared their expectations about returns and where they see their allocations to various private strategies trending.

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Mark Anson Discusses Asset Allocation Strategy with Bloomberg Markets

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 28, 2017

Topic: Asset Allocation | Hedge Funds | Investment Strategy | Private Capital

Mark Anson, Commonfund chief investment officer, discusses his asset allocation strategy with Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn and Simone Foxman on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Making the Case for Natural Resources Investing

Posted by Ethan Levine, Paul Von Steenburg on Jul 11, 2017

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Private Capital | Real Assets

The natural resources sector is often characterized as cyclical, as producers and service providers experience underlying exposure to and commensurate volatility of commodities in the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors. After a couple of years of challenging sector returns, some institutional investors are questioning what the role of natural resources should be in a portfolio and if now is a good time to invest in the asset class.

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Venture Capital: What’s Next? | Strategy & Manager Spotlight – Josh Kushner

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 15, 2016

Topic: Private Capital

Commonfund Capital reviews their venture capital investing strategy and guest speaker Josh Kushner, Founder and Managing Partner of Thrive Capital, talks about the current venture capital environment.

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Venture Capital – Looking Forward and Upward

Posted by Aaron Miller, Kent Scott on Dec 5, 2016

Topic: Investment Strategy | Private Capital

Beginning in the second half of 2015, there was growing caution that started to impact pricing and investment activity in early 2016. This valuation cooling period and subsequent shift in mindset appears to have been brief and private valuations have generally held steady, particularly in early-stage. The market appears to be bifurcating where companies in large markets that are growing with attractive unit economies are able to close financings at high valuations while companies with average performance are experiencing protracted fundraisings at mixed valuations. As a result, we continue to see more money going into fewer and higher profile winners.

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Asset Allocation with Private Equity

Posted by Commonfund on May 2, 2016

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Private Capital

Private assets such as private equity and venture capital have long been a thorn in the side of asset allocators and chief investment officers. Their lack of liquidity makes it hard to model their return streams as an input to an asset allocation model, risk budget, or optimization function. Typically, asset allocators make assumptions based more on intuition and expectation than fact.

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