The Price of Private Funds Is Less Wrong

If Prof. Malkiel had taken his “Random Walkin Midtown Manhattan, the private capital industry’s enclave, he could have found that prices can be “less wrong” there than down Wall Street – to a level that could offer, over the life of a private fund, reasonable arbitrage opportunities but not without risk. Continue reading

Volatility Inhibits PME’s Meaningfulness

A recent post that summarises most of the history of the post-IRR performance calculation and valuation methodologies for the private capital industry has been written by Mr. Jesse Reyes, widely regarded as one of the leading experts of the field. Continue reading

Private Capital Beta: Theory Reloaded

In a recent Financial Analyst Journal article titled “Do (Some) University Endowments Earn Alpha?” the authors find that endowments mostly fail to deliver alpha and what looks as alpha can be almost totally explained by the inclusion of alternative investments in a static asset allocation. Digging further, the authors find that there is no strong statistical evidence of selection skill relating to the private equity and hedge fund portfolios. Continue reading

Use the DaRC Room, Ye Who Venture Here

A very interesting post from Dan McCrum on the FT Alphaville blog, attractively titled “Abandon all hope, ye who venture here” unearths some truths, (is misled by and) fosters some consolidated misperceptions while opening up for some comments – a couple of which I made at the bottom of the post. Continue reading