PE returns exceeds public markets for five-, and 10-year periods

On Tuesday, new data from Cambridge Associates confirmed that private equity is an invaluable source of returns for investors such as pensions funds, charitable organizations and university endowments. According to the report, the Cambridge PE Index outperformed the Barclays Capital Bond Index, Russell 2000 and S&P 500 for 1- Year, 5-Year and 10-Year returns. The benchmark returns for private equity showed a slight increase of 5.4 percent in the first quarter, up from 5.3 percent in the previous quarter. Below is a chart of the annualized returns:

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