Private markets

Investing in private markets can help investors achieve their objectives with unique benefits not always available through 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 specialised research, robust due diligence and access to "best in class" strategies. We have been delivering private market expertise to clients for five decades, with an extensive range of private markets solutions providing entry 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, and venture capital

Private real estate: Core, value-added, and opportunistic

Private infrastructure: Core, value-added, and opportunistic

Private credit

Niche strategies: Such as natural resources, energy, and other real assets

Impact investments

Private markets provide a broad range 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. As an experienced outsourced CIO, Russell Investments can customise a solution to your organisation’s specific needs, employing private markets assets as a powerful tool to help your organisation meet its 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 customised 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 as of June 30, 2021 unless specified.

¹ Includes monitoring by Hamilton Lane proprietary analytics platform.

What role can private markets play in a total-portfolio strategy?

We believe that successfully navigating the complexity of private markets demands risk management at the total-portfolio level.

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Private markets have had a great run. Do they still have value?

This and other pressing topics such as the importance of standardised ESG data for Private Markets were discussed at the Russell Investments EMEA Summit in London. The panel included: Andrew Pease (Global Head of Investment Strategy) Michael Steingold( Senior Research Analyst), and Vic Leverett (Head of Alternatives). They were joined by Andrew Schardt, Head of Global investment Strategy at Hamilton Lane.

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Any opinion expressed is that of Russell Investments, is not a statement of fact, is subject to change and does not constitute investment advice.

The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may not get back the amount originally invested.

Investments in private market securities are generally illiquid as such investments are neither tradable on any exchange or in the secondary market nor would they be transferrable.