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The Investment Assets Handbook: A definitive practical guide to asset classes by Yoram Lustig

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Chapter 7: Private equity

The term private equity indicates that it includes equities (as well as debt and convertible securities) that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange, or are issued by companies whose securities are not publicly traded; hence it is private. Private equity investments are primarily made by private equity firms, venture capital firms or angel investors, [129] providing finance capital to target companies.

Private equity boomed in the 1990s and early 2000s. Assets under management grew from under $100 billion in 1990 to over $600 billion in 2000 (riding the high-tech bubble), peaking above $2 trillion in 2007, just before the 2008 crisis. Venture capital was especially popular in the 1990s with the success stories ...

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