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Private markets

Investing in private markets can help investors achieve their investment objectives with unique benefits not available in traditional asset classes.​

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Why are investors considering private market allocations?​

Return potential

Over the long term, private markets have outperformed traditional assets with the ability to tap into non-economic risk premia (for example, an illiquidity premium).​

Reduced volatility

With valuations typically occurring on a quarterly basis, private markets do not experience the same level of mark-to-market volatility seen in public markets.​​

Inflation hedging

Private markets offer potential inflation hedging benefits, particularly for select natural resources, real estate, infrastructure equity and private credit strategies.

Accessing private markets

Success within the private markets sector requires deep market insight, highly specialized research, robust due diligence and access to "best in class" strategies. Globally, we have been delivering private market expertise to clients for decades with an extensive range of private markets solutions providing access to this complex, but potentially profitable pool of capital. In conjunction with our strategic partner, Hamilton Lane, we can provide global access to the full spectrum of asset types including:

  • Private equity (buyouts, secondaries, venture capital)
  • Private real estate (core, value-added, opportunistic)
  • Private infrastructure (core, value-added, opportunistic)
  • Private credit
  • Niche strategies (such as natural resources, energy, and other real assets)
  • Impact investments

Private markets provide a broad spectrum of opportunities across a variety of market cycles as well as additional diversification and the potential to generate attractive returns. It’s important to work with a solutions provider who both understands this complex asset class and has experience delivering private markets to clients as part of a total portfolio approach. Investing in private markets assets can act as a powerful tool to help investors meet their objectives.

Harnessing the power of partnerships

Russell Investments has entered into a strategic partnership with Hamilton Lane to accelerate our private market capabilities.

The partnership delivers innovative solutions to align with our clients' total portfolios.

Together, we share a commitment to providing exceptional client service and offering customized solutions for our global clients.

Learn about this partnership

Russell Investments' Private Markets capabilities:


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Years of experience in private markets​




Manager products monitored1

Figures are for Russell Investments' global organization, as of June 30, 2021 unless specified otherwise.

1Includes monitoring by Hamilton Lane proprietary analytics platform.

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