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Fair Value Accounting Improves the Quality of Portfolio Company Valuations A guest post by Prof. Nicholas G. Crain | CIV 2014 Grant Winner

In a recent study, partially funded by a CIV Research Grant (2014), Kelvin Law and Nicholas G. Crain delve into the impact of fair value accounting on the valuation of individual private equity investments. The evidence gathered suggests that accounting standards matter for the valuation of private equity investments. Prior to implementation of fair value accounting, the discounted value of cash flows from realized portfolio companies exceeded their valuation by roughly 26%, yet the implementation of fair value accounting appears to eliminate nearly half of this bias, and resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of portfolio company valuations. Read more in a guest post by Nicholas G. Crain.

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Aging Ventures and Silver-Tech — A Global Megatrend Guest Post by Dov Sugarman, an Expert in Senior Care Technology

In 2015, there were approximately 1.6 billion people in the world aged 50-plus, yet by 2050, this number is projected to double. The aging of society poses both challenges and opportunities to governments and private sector companies alike and is having a transformative impact, economically and socially. The past couple of years has seen the creation of several dedicated funds targeting investments in companies developing innovative solutions for seniors, and even Silicon Valley's most famous venture capitalists have begun betting on the “silver tech” niche. Read a guest post by Dov Sugarman, an expert in senior care technology.

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