Navigating Market Volatility with Private Equity Investments

Apr 18, 2024
by  Derek Oglesby
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In today's rapidly evolving financial landscape, investors are continually seeking strategies to diversify their portfolios and mitigate risk, particularly in volatile markets. One avenue that has demonstrated resilience and potential for robust returns is Private Equity (PE). Lets take a look at how Private Equity can be a linchpin for diversification during turbulent times and why investors may want to consider allocating part of their portfolio to this asset class.

Lower Standard Deviation

Investments in Private Equity often have lower standard deviation compared to public markets, meaning that PE investments tend to exhibit less volatility.  For many investors this provides a smoother investment journey by reducing some of the unpredictability in their portfolios.

Shift in Market Dynamics

The landscape of public and private companies has dramatically shifted over the last few decades. With over 3,000 fewer public companies today, the pool of Private Equity-backed companies surpasses its public counterparts. This transformation opens a broader avenue for investors to tap into a vast and diverse range of sectors and opportunities, further enhancing portfolio diversification.

Performance in Down Markets

Historically, Private Equity has outperformed in down markets. This resilience can at least partially be attributed to the strategic management and operational efficiencies that PE firms can implement. By focusing on long-term value creation, PE investments can often navigate through economic downturns more effectively than their public market counterparts.

Long-Term Returns

A study by Hamilton Lane[1] highlights the superior long-term returns of Private Equity investments versus the S&P 500 since 1968. This data underscores the potential for PE to not only enhance portfolio diversification but also contribute to significant wealth accumulation over time.

Strategic Deployment of Capital

One great advantage for Private Equity, in many situations, is that, unlike public companies, Private Equity firms can deploy capital to strengthen companies during market downturns. This financial injection is particularly valuable when liquidity is scarce, providing a lifeline to businesses that might otherwise struggle to survive.

Valuation and Selling Dynamics

A pet peeve of many good publicly traded company managers is the requirement to provide in-depth financial updates every three months.  Conversely, Private Equity investments are generally valued at the end of the year, insulating them from daily market fluctuations and panic selling. This aspect allows PE firms to focus on long-term growth strategies without the pressure of short-term market sentiments. Furthermore, the absence of concerns like short selling, experienced during crises such as 2008-2009, positions PE as a more stable investment during financial downturns.

Agility and Adaptability

One final advantage that Private Equity firms often bring to the table is their structure, which affords them greater nimbleness and the ability to implement changes swiftly. This agility is a critical advantage in rapidly changing markets, allowing PE-backed companies to pivot strategies and capitalize on emerging opportunities more efficiently than their public counterparts.

Final Thoughts

The unique attributes of Private Equity can make it a valuable component of a diversified investment strategy, especially in times of market volatility. With its lower standard deviation, resilience in down markets, superior long-term returns, and strategic flexibility, PE offers investors a robust vehicle for navigating financial uncertainties.

At Provista Wealth Advisors, we specialize in crafting bespoke financial plans and customized investment strategies, often including Private Equity investment solutions that align with our clients' financial goals. Whether you're new to PE or looking to expand your existing portfolio, our team is here to guide you through the intricacies of these investment opportunities. Contact us today to explore how Private Equity can enhance your investment strategy and drive long-term value creation.


Investing in private equity entails certain risks, including but not limited to: market, economic or industry conditions, bankruptcy of underlying companies, higher fees which may offset trading profits and lack of liquidity. An investor could lose all or a substantial amount of his or her investment. It is important for investors to assess the risks and returns specific to the investment strategy.

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