Private Equity, Hedge Funds, & Investment Vehicles in the U.S. Executive Summary

The Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Investment Vehicles industry consists of funds that raise capital to be strategically managed by an investment manager who exploits inefficient businesses, markets, and security prices to generate excessive returns while taking on as little risk as possible[1]. This industry is composed of private equity funds, hedge funds, closed-end funds, unit investment trusts and other financial vehicles. Entities in this industry manage securities or other assets on behalf of shareholders, unit holders or other beneficiaries to achieve high returns on targeted investments. Industry assets have become increasingly integral to institutional investors’ portfolios and the larger asset-management market. Institutional investors are high net worth individuals or organizations that trade securities in such substantial volumes that they qualify for lower commissions and fewer protective regulations since they are assumed to be knowledgeable enough to…

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