The BloombergBusinessweek article "The Tech Bubble Didn't Burst This Year. Just Wait" examines the current state of the venture capital industry. The article provides various data points, and quotes Benchmark's general partner Bill Gurley as saying that the venture capital industry is "in a slow correction." I agree with Mr. Gurley's assessment. While venture capital funds are raising money at an incredible rate, it seems that VCs are being more selective and valuations are slowly rationalizing.
Calpers, the largest US pension fund, is anticipating weaker returns from private equity, according to the Bloomberg article "Calpers Sees Next Headache in Slowing Private-Equity Cash Gusher." After several years of receiving strong distributions, Calpers believes that the outlook for returns may be diminishing, leading to an ever larger gap between beneficiary costs and revenue from contributions and investing, according to the article
The Harvard Crimson has an article "A Tale of Two Endowments" comparing the endowment performance between Harvard and Yale. David Swensen, Yale's Chief Investment Officer, has posted some impressive returns over the past decade.
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