Private equity’s 10-year returns beat total-return stock market indices over the same term, but results were more mixed for shorter periods, according to the latest figures from the American Investment Council.

For the 10-year period ended Dec. 31, 2016, two benchmarks of PE performance compiled by AIC posted 10.3 percent and 9.4 percent annualized returns, beating the S&P 500 and Russell 3000 total return indices’ 6.9 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively. AIC’s two PE benchmarks are a median of several industry PE indices and a median of pension fund PE investments.

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