The Time Has Come For Standardized Total Cost Disclosure For Private Equity

Source: Andrea Dang, David Dupont, Mike Heale, CEM Benchmarking, April 2015

Given the level of detail and timing of private equity manager reports, can pension funds disclose investment costs in a consistent manner across the industry? What would full cost disclosure require of a pension fund? We found a good example of this in one of our benchmarking clients. …. Less than one‐half of the very substantial PE costs incurred by U.S. pension funds are currently being disclosed. ….
Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street: Report
Source: David Sirota,, April 17, 2015

California’s report said $440 million. New Jersey’s said $600 million. In Pennsylvania, the tally is $700 million. Those figures are public worker pension fees being paid annually by taxpayers to Wall Street firms, and they have kicked off an intensifying debate over whether such expenses are necessary. Now, a report from an industry-friendly source says those huge levies represent only a fraction of the true amounts being raked in by Wall Street firms from state and local governments. In all, CEM Benchmarking concludes that America’s public pension funds are paying billions of dollars in undisclosed fees to private equity firms….