Public and Private Markets in Transformation

A Guide to Responsible Investment Indices

The landscape for public and private markets has changed significantly over the past decade, with a marked shift in capital allocation to the private arena. This evolution is being driven in part by regulations, new technologies and the availability of financing alternatives. Other key drivers are the accommodative monetary policies following the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and the more recent investment capital inflows from sovereign wealth funds, which have been significant.

Following the financial crisis, assets under management for alternatives tripled to more than US$9.5 trillion.

Growth of Private Markets

Source: Preqin

As private and public markets are becoming more mature, new trends are emerging that may impact future investment approaches. The distinctions between private and public markets may lessen, and return, risk and liquidity may be accessed in different ways. It is foreseeable that private market funds would consider investing in a company during its private, rapid-growth phase and remain invested once the company goes public.

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