Alternative Investment: Hedge funds, Private Equity, and Venture Capital

Databases and Directories

Hedge funds

  • Barclay Hedge Fund Directory (Available in Watson Library only)
    Provides quarterly analysis on the performance on hedge funds and funds of funds.  Statistical data includes rates of return, expected months to new peak and probability of losing, projectability and comparison with benchmarks.
  • Bloomberg (Available in Watson Library only)
    Good resource for information on hedge funds.  Enter HFND and hit the GO key for Bloomberg’s Hedge Fund menu
  • Preqin
    Click on Hedge Fund Analyst.  Fund-by-fund and industry level performance data covering over 10,000 funds, with 7,000 reporting monthly returns, providing you with a true market overview. Includes hedge fund profiles.

Private Equity/Venture Capital

  • Bloomberg (Available in Watson Library only)
    Good resource for information on hedge funds.  Enter PE and hit the GO key for Bloomberg’s Private Equity menu
  • Capital IQ
    non-Business School affiliates can use Capital IQ at one of the 10 designated terminals in the library. Business School students and faculty may request individual accounts.  Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates.
  • CB Insights
    Provides information about venture capital and angel investor-backed startup companies, venture capital companies, angel investors and transactions in the United States.
  • GlobalData Monthly Deals Anlaysis
    Monthly report on private equity deals in various sectors, including energy and pharmaceuticals.
  • Pratt’s Guide to Private Equity Sources
    Comprehensive directory of private equity firms.
  • Preqin
    Click on Performance Analyst.  Cover all aspects of the industry for all fund types, including buyout, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, fund of funds, secondaries, natural resources and others.  Includes fund performance, buyout deals, and fund terms and conditions. 
  • Thomson ONE
    Click on the Deals tab for data on LBOs as well as M&A and IPOs deals. Click on Private Equity tab for data on private equity and venture capital transactions.


Articles and Journals

Article and Journal Databases:

Business Source Complete
Full text scholarly business journals and other sources, including industry and market research reports.

Good source for industry publications and dealmakers.

An interdisciplinary database containing scholarly journals, newspapers, trade journals, dissertations and market research.

Specific Journals:

Industry Statistics

Hedge Funds

  • Eurekahedge Indices
  • Hedge Fund Association
    HFA is an international not-for-profit association of hedge fund managers, service providers, and investors.  Includes some basic information on hedge funds.
  • Preqin Hedge Fund Investor Review
    HG4530 .P741 (Business Reserves)
    Annual publication providing an overview of the hedge fund industry.  Additional research available in the Research Center in the Preqin database. 

Private Equity/Venture Capital