Animal Spirits Podcast | An Update on Private Markets

December 5, 2022

On this episode of Talk Your Book, Bob Long, CEO of StepStone Private Wealth discusses timing of the private markets, how valuations have held up in private markets, an update on venture capital and much more!

Animal Spirits Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

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SPRING will invest in venture capital, growth equity and other private market assets. SPRING’s investments held by Investment Funds and Primary Direct Investments involve the same types of risks associated with an investment in any operating company. However, securities of private equity funds, as well as the underlying companies these funds invest in, tend to be more illiquid, and highly speculative. The risks of investing in venture capital and growth equity companies are generally greater than the risks of investing in public companies that may be at a later stage of development.

Secondary investments may be acquired by SPRING as a member of a purchasing syndicate, and it may be exposed to additional risks such as (i) counterparty risk, (ii) reputation risk, (iii) breach of confidentiality by a syndicate member, and (iv) execution risk. SPRING may maintain a sizeable cash position in anticipation of funding capital calls. Holding a portion of the investment portfolio in cash or cash equivalents may have a negative effect on overall performance. The Fund’s “over-commitment” strategy could result in an insufficient cash supply to fund unfunded commitments to investment funds.

Series funding rounds refer to the process of growing a business through outside investment. Series generally range from Series A through D and beyond with later stage series companies tending to me more mature with a successful business model. Each funding series has different maturity levels, risk and company profiles.

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