Glossary Index / Private Equity

Private Equity

An investment in non-public securities, typically private companies. Also, an investment assetclass that’s typically reserved for large institutional investors such as pension funds and endowments as well as high net worth individuals.

Private equity includes investments in privately-held companies ranging from startups to well-established and profitable companies to bankrupt or near-bankrupt companies. Examples of private equity include venture capital, leveraged buyout, growth capital, and distressed
investments.

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