In this edition of the Global Fund Performance Report, our analysts delve into the fund performance of six private capital strategies, from private equity to funds of funds (FoF). As expected in a quarter when the S&P 500 was up 9.1%, private markets finished 2019 on an upswing, with no foreshadowing of the volatility to come in early 2020. PE and VC were neck and neck for highest returns in the year through Q4 2019, coming in at 15.8% and 15.9%, respectively. Real assets continued to lag the other private market asset classes, in part because oil-related assets had begun to struggle in the fourth quarter. Only FoF did not improve performance figures from Q3 to Q4 2019, potentially a function of doubly lagged reporting causing underreporting for that strategy.
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