Venture Capital investing: conclusion

Venture Capital investing: conclusion

Our CIO Special on venture capital investing examines: • Growth in this area of investment • The wide range of risks involved • Diversification and its potential role in portfolios

Venture Capital has been an exciting investment area over the last few years and is likely to remain so, particularly given continued financial repression in the form of low interest rates. Amounts invested are likely to continue to grow and Venture Capital will continue to play a key role in funding innovative firms and industries. Over time, Venture Capital returns may continue to beat those available on pubic markets. However, it is important to understand the fundamental differences between Venture Capital and more liquid investment strategies, the risks involved, and how to try to possibly mitigate such risks via diversification and manager selection. We attempt to summarise the main positives and negatives of Venture Capital investing in the table below (see Figure 12).


Figure 12: Venture Capital investment: positives and negatives 

Source: Deutsche Bank AG. Data as of August 2021. 


  • Long-term outperformance of public markets
  • Gain from illiquidity premium
  • Wide range of private firms accessible
  • Only loose correlation of returns with other asset classes 


  • Very high risk profile
  • Long-term commitment necessary
  • Diverse VC portfolio advisable given likelihood of individual investment failures
  • Performance may depend on using top quartile funds / best-in-class investors 

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