COVID-19 Makes LP Portfolio Management More Important Than Ever

January 12, 2021

Limited partners investing in private equity, private debt, real estate, and infrastructure have long struggled to use information effectively so they can react quickly to new opportunities. Recent market turmoil, and the long-term growth of alternative investments, mean the time is ripe for change.

The COVID-19 pandemic and government measures designed to stem its spread shut down much of the global economy and caused panic in markets in March and April 2020. Volatility soared – rivalling or surpassing levels in October 1987, December 2008, and even late 1929 – prompting many stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, to suspend trading multiple times. Various fixed income markets and other asset classes also experienced dislocations.

While risk was top of mind for all investors around the world, concerns were perhaps greatest among limited partner (LP) investors in alternative investments, such as private equity, private debt, real estate, and infrastructure. In many cases, lagging and limited information, coupled with outdated systems and practices, have made it difficult to understand what is in their portfolio and where exposure lies. Because of this, LPs found it exceedingly difficult to differentiate between perceived and actual risk. To keep reading, download the whitepaper now.

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