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Public pension allocations to private funds grew by 18% YoY in 2021

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Opalesque Industry Update - According to new data published this week by Nasdaq Private Fund Solutions, allocations to private funds from public pension plan allocators grew by 18% YoY to a total of $190.8 billion, according to the just-released Nasdaq Private Fund Trends Report 21/22. This figure represents over 2,300 commitments across private equity, private debt, real estate, and real assets.

While virtual fundraising remained the status quo in the year for capital-raising GPs, more LP investors returned to the market to put capital to work. Most interestingly, the pensions tracked in this report clearly moved past 2020 and early 2021 predictions of real estate's pandemic-induced demise. New money flowed into real estate (up 59% year-over-year) and real assets (up 66% year-over-year) after dropping precipitously as the Covid pandemic gripped the world.

Across the private markets, 228 unique public pension plans reported commitments to private funds in the year, a 17% increase from 2020. This suggests that public plan investors have grown more comfortable with making commitments without in-person meetings.

The Nasdaq Private Funds Annual Trends Report highlights top trends and commitments in private markets across private equity, private debt, real estate, real assets, and secondaries. The data in the report is sourced from Nasdaq/eVestment Market Lens, which aggregates documents, videos, presentations, and more from hundreds of public pension plans in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and from pensions' investment consultants. The report offers a sample of public pensions' appetites for various private market investment opportunities.

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