According to a report published by Cambridge Associates, the private equity and venture capital markets outperformed the publicly traded market by a wide margin in 2011. The report states that in 2011 the private equity market saw returns of 10.9 percent, and the venture capital market saw returns of 13.2 percent. That’s compared to the NASDAQ composite at -1.8 percent and the S&P which saw a return of 2.1 percent. The report attributes this success to a healthier IPO market.

[Source: Cambridge Associates]