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Why private equity appeals to wealthy families

There is a growing interest in investing into private equity amongst wealth families with over $10 million, particularly those who made their wealth through running operating businesses themselves.
"We’ve noticed that private equity typically resonates very well especially among those families who generated their wealth by running operating businesses themselves," observes Martin Pelletier, Portfolio Manager and OCIO at TriVest Wealth Counsel Ltd, in the Financial Post, 27th September, 2016.
Pelletier goes on to quote from the most recent UBS Global Family Office Report: "We are not alone in this observation as the 2016 Campden Wealth-UBS Global Family Office Report highlights that the average family office has a 22% portfolio allocation to private equity. Approximately two-thirds of this is done through direct and co-investing rather than private equity funds. This makes some sense as it provides more control over the investment process and families can better utilize their previous hands-on business experience." (Read the whole article here.)
Wealthy families who have run their own operating companies have a comfort in understanding the due diligence required to get a grasp of the business and why capital needs to be tied up for a long time period. They also understand why there is also a higher risk premium for illiquid exposure expected to generate higher returns over the long run.
One caveat for those interested in private equity is that access to quality private equity deals is the critical requirement to achieving the returns to cover the higher fees.
Jacoline Loewen, UBS Bank (Canada), author of Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to Your Business, (Wiley). You can follow Jacoline on Twitter @jacolineloewen

Boring the way investing should be

Mawer Investments Jamboree 2016 and Jacoline Loewen
What a great evening hosted by Mawer Investment Funds who ran a Calgary style jamboree for the Make a Wish Foundation. Mawer have as their tag line for their business: be boring, make money. It is true that Mawer funds are rated well but their style of entertaining for a good cause is far from dull.

Boring: The way investing should be

Before I got into the wealth management business, I was working in corporate finance and trying to get companies to sell to private equity. That was definitely exciting, and the returns were double digit or zero - really exciting. Now that rate of return sure is thrilling to vision but the downside is not as attractive.
I have since learned that keeping a large pool of your investments in safer pools of investments is actually the main target of wealth management, which does mean lower returns than Venure Capital investing. Those private investment,double-digit returns can still be attained by using small capital investments which will not break ou if you lose the entire deal. You can still have the excitement of investing in early stage entepreneurs without betting the house.

Short term combined with long term

It is sort term and long term thinking combined.
So think about what is exciting as a potential investment - go ahead. Discuss it with your friends at the golf course. Then think long term. Do you have an income stream from your investments until you are a 100 yars old? After that, by all means, beat on the next business investment your buddy shows you. Your family will thank you for sticking to that long term outlook though.