Why Invest in Private Equity?

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Why invest in Private Equity?

1. Private equity has proven to provide far better returns than stocks and bonds.

Private equity has had average annual returns of 11.8% over the past 10 years. 1

2. Private Equity provides improved portfolio diversification, which decreases market risk.

Private equity investments are usually much less correlated to the market. Investors who watch the market know that it bounces up and down all of the time.

This can be extremely stressful and often causes investors to make emotional decisions and sell at the wrong time. Having a diversified portfolio will smooth out those bumps. You don’t lose money every time the market goes down.

Who invests in Private Equity?

Unfortunately, only 1% of the investing population has had direct access to private equity – institutional investors (e.g., pension funds) and the ultra high net-worth individuals.
Who makes up this minute 1%? Below is a breakdown of the main sources of private equity money in Canada: 2

  • Pension funds: 12%
  • Corporations: 13%
  • Individuals: 20%
  • Foreign sources: 47%
  • Other institutions: 8%
  • Retail investors: 0

 

Below is a 2014 Bain & Company survey of LPs in Private Equity Funds:

90% say that their Private Equity exceeded their expectations

92% say that they believe Private Equity investments will outperform the public markets

98% say they plan to maintain or increase the amount of money they have in Private Equity

Why have retail investors been locked out of Private Equity?

For two reasons:

  1. Very high investment minimums required to invest – minimums often start at $1 million and are sometimes as high as $10 or $20 million, which leaves 99.9% of investors out of the Private Equity markets.
  2. Limited access/information – there is no public market for finding private equity investments and regulators have disallowed general advertising of private equity deals.

For the first time, InvestX Financial Canada provides retail investors access to private equity with the same terms as institutional investors.
In order to get access to this opportunity, a potential investor must first meet the minimum investment requirements, then we aggregate InvestX Financial Canada members’ smaller checks and write the required multi-million dollar checks.

Sources:

  1. Cambridge Associates United States PE/VC Benchmark report, Sep 2015
  2. McKinsey report on Private Equity in Canada