While investments in private equity funds provide potential for attractive returns, access to opportunities not available in the public markets and diversification, they also present significant risks including illiquidity, long-term time horizons, loss of capital and significant execution and operating risks that are not typically present in public equity markets. Private equity funds typically have a 10-15 year term and will begin to monetize investments after holding them for 4-5 years.
Private Equity is typically composed of Venture Capital, Leveraged Buyouts, Distressed Investments and Mezzanine Financing, which are all generally considered to be high risk, illiquid investments designed to deliver larger expected returns than publicly traded securities as compensation for their greater risk. As a result, investing in Private Equity is not suitable for all investors.
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