Today, all the action is happening behind closed doors. According to a recent survey by BlackRock, sophisticated investors now hold 24% of their portfolio in private assets. Moreover, the total assets under management (AUM) in private markets have reached USD 11.7 trillion, and it appears that this is just the beginning. Preqin predicts that the figure will skyrocket to USD 23.3 trillion by 2027.
As of the 19th century, stock and bond markets revolutionized business finance around the world. They provided companies with new sources of liquidity to expand and investors with new ways to invest. However, over the last three decades, private capital has ushered in a new era.
Remarkably, companies are now choosing to stay private for longer. Indeed, the median number of years from the venture capital (VC) funding phase to an IPO in the US has increased from 8 years in the 1980s to 11 years in the 2000s. Additionally, certain promising companies which have long been on everyone's lips, like Twitter, have been opting to maintain their private status.
Investors who fail to adapt to this new market reality will miss out on some of the best-emerging growth opportunities of our time. Can you afford to miss it?