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Private Equity’s Return Persistence Through Downturns

8 June 2020 - 3 min read

Although downturns are all uniquely challenging, there are historical patterns to consider as we try to understand the likely impact of COVID-19 on our existing private equity portfolio.

While each downturn has distinct attributes, these patterns can help identify potential deployment strategies to best position our portfolio for success under the current circumstances. By analyzing fund vintages that had notable exposure to the two most recent downturns (the dot-com crash, and the global financial crisis, or “GFC”), and overlaying how median investment returns for North American Private Equity Buyout funds performed relative to S&P 500 levels over time, we can draw some reassuring practical conclusions.

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