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Private Markets Education: Introductory Concepts

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Private Markets Terminology

A reference guide to help you understand common private market terms.
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Introduction to Private Equity

In the simplest terms, private equity, also known as PE, is an investment in which funds are raised from investors, pooled, or co-mingled, and used to acquire equity ownership in private companies that are not listed on a public stock exchange. Dive into our introduction to PE.
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Introduction to Evergreen Funds

Evergreen funds, also know as open-ended or semi-liquid funds, allow investors to make long-term investments in private companies. In this introductory piece we compare evergreen funds to traditional funds.
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Introduction to the J-curve

The term "J-curve" refers to the typical pattern of returns for private equity investments. But what does that mean for you? Check out our introduction on this popular concept.
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Introduction to Private Credit

Private credit is capital invested in the form of loans, bonds or other credit instruments that are issued to private companies by a non-bank lender.
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Introduction to Co-Investments

A direct co-investment is a collaborative investment structure where a private equity firm and external investors jointly invest in a private company.
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Introduction to Private Real Estate

Understand what private real estate investing is, the benefits to having it in your portfolio are and how it differs from REITS.
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Who Are the Key Players in Private Capital Markets?

Dive into an overview of private market players, including their roles, responsibilities and how they work together to raise, invest, collect and distribute capital.
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Introduction to Secondary Funds

Private equity secondary funds are a transfer of a private equity interest from one investor to another.
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Introduction to Venture Capital

Venture Capital, commonly referred to as "VC," is a form of private equity financing in which investment firms, or high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, provide capital to startups, or emerging companies, to grow their businesses.
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Introduction to Infrastructure Investing

An introduction to infrastructure asset management in the private markets.
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A Guide to the Private Markets

While this asset class has enormous potential, it represents an entirely new frontier
for many investors. Drawing on our 30+ year history with private markets,
this guide aims to provide an overview of the private markets.

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