Private Equity Benchmarks and Portfolio Optimization

43 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2013

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Lars Helge Hass

Lancaster University - Management School

Denis Schweizer

Concordia University

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Date Written: April 15, 2013


Portfolio optimization using private equity is typically based on one of three indices: listed private equity, transaction-based private equity, or appraisal value-based private equity indices. However, we show that none of these indices is fully suitable for portfolio optimization. We introduce here a new benchmark index for venture capital and buyouts, which is updated monthly, adjusted for autocorrelation (de-smoothing), and available contemporaneously. We illustrate how our benchmark enables superior quantitative portfolio optimization.

Keywords: Benchmark, Risk Modeling, Private Equity, Venture Capital

JEL Classification: G24

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Hass, Lars Helge and Schweizer, Denis, Private Equity Benchmarks and Portfolio Optimization (April 15, 2013). Journal of Banking and Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

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Lars Helge Hass (Contact Author)

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

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United Kingdom

Denis Schweizer

Concordia University ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
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+1 (514) 848-4500 (Fax)


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