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Private Investment Benchmarks in Partnership with Cambridge Associates

Receive accurate, institutional quality benchmark data to make better informed investment decisions.

Latest News

  • 2021 Q4 Venture Capital, Private Equity and Real Estate Benchmarks – available now
  • Upcoming changes to CA’s official vintage year definition for 2022 Q1 reporting – see our FAQ

For even the most sophisticated investors, measuring private investment performance can be challenging. Accurate performance metrics are therefore crucial to making your investment decisions. You need institutional quality benchmarks that you can trust.

Cambridge Associates, in partnership with IHS Markit, provides high-quality aggregate fund-level performance information to help you select fund managers, monitor performance, manage risk and identify investment opportunities.

Sourced directly from fund managers quarterly financial statements – Cambridge Associates Benchmarks are considered the industry standard for private equity, venture capital, real estate and private credit, offering:

  • Coverage across various fund sizes, stages, sectors, and regions
  • A complete suite of IRRs and by vintage returns
  • Performance history on 2,200+ fund managers and 8,600+ funds
  • Available via digital feed and the IHS Markit online store

Download the brochure for an overview of our index families and new digital offering.

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Key benefits


Investment Experience

Benchmarks are built for investors by investors incorporating four decades of experience investing in private capital markets.

Technologies

Data source

Benchmarks based on financial statements sourced directly from investment fund managers.

Expertise

Breadth of data

Complete performance history from 2,200+ fund managers and 8,600+ funds.

Expertise

Depth of Data

All major fund asset classes, strategies and geographies dating back as early as the 1980s.

Expertise

Accuracy

Manager-reported performance numbers independently verified.

Expertise

Benchmark calculations

Benchmark performance calculated on since inception history of quarterly cash flows and NAVs for each fund.

Expertise

Industry Standard

For over two decades, the most trusted and widely adopted benchmarks for investors in private markets.

Expertise

Representativeness

Indices calculated using institutional quality funds, defined as closed-ended, commingled funds that invest third party capital.





Understand the difference between the Online Store and Digital Feed

Online Store

Digital Feed

Internal and individual
Use case
Benchmarking, performance reporting, fundraising and marketing
Six legacy benchmark reports formerly available on Cambridge Associates website
Product Offering
Five new index families that include all standard Cambridge Associates benchmarks, legacy benchmark reports and additional data fields
No1
Preliminary Data
Yes2
View Only
File Type
CSV (Excel)
Quarterly
Frequency
Quarterly + preliminary2
USD
Calculated Currencies
24 currencies
WebViewer
Delivery
SFTP
Per User (up to 5 devices)
License Type
Enterprise
Credit card (per report)
Billing
Invoice (annual)
No
Custom Indices
Yes

1Single 1-quarter IRR update available once per quarter after 50% of the prior quarter's number of funds and ending NAV report.

2Daily updates of full suite of data after 50% of the prior quarter's number of funds and ending NAV report.

Explore the most recent Private Investment Benchmark Reports available

Global Private Equity

The index is calculated based on data compiled from 2,568 private equity funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1986 and 2021.

U.S. Private Equity (Legacy Definition)

The index is calculated based on data compiled from 1,778 funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1986 and 2021.

U.S. Venture Capital

The index is calculated based on data compiled from 2,203 U.S. venture capital funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1981 and 2021.

Ex U.S. Private Equity and Venture Capital

The indices are calculated based on data compiled from 1,762 ex U.S. private equity & venture capital funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1986 and 2021.

Real Estate

The index is calculated based on data compiled from 1,260 funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1986 and 2021.

Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital

The index is calculated based on data compiled from 109 Australia private equity & venture capital funds, including fully liquidated partnerships, formed between 1997 and 2019.

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Now Available: Q4 2021 Preliminary Returns

Preliminary 1-quarter IRR calculations are available for all ecommerce benchmarks when at least 50% of active funds and prior period's NAVs have updated. All returns are calculated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

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