Q4 2023Forge Investment

Q4 2023
Emerging Signs of Stability
October 12, 2023 

It was a tale of two quarters in one. Positive trends in July and August signaled a potential rebound for the private market, but data softened in September. Still, the Forge Private Market Index returned +1.1%, and two VC-backed companies completed IPOs.

Inside the Report
  • Market Performance — See how the Forge Private Market Index performed relative to public market indices, along with private market returns by sector and company

  • Secondary Market Activity — Gain an in-depth look at quarterly changes in private market premium/discount levels, bid-ask spreads, and right of first refusal (ROFR) data

  • Primary Market Activity — Get insights into fundraising trends, including amount raised, valuations, time between rounds, and how investors are seeking greater protections

  • Mutual Fund Marks — See notable changes in how large asset managers are valuing their private market holdings

  • Exit Activity — Get a snapshot of IPOs and other exits during the quarter, including analysis of pricing levels

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The Forge Private Market Index turned positive, outperforming public markets

For the first time since 2021, the Forge Private Market Index posted positive performance. The index’s +1.1% return outpaced the negative performance of major public market indices, which struggled late in the quarter.

Broad dispersion among private market sectors and companies in Q3

For the quarter, more sectors posted positive or flat performance than those producing negative returns. Index components displayed a wide range of results, potentially creating opportunities for active investors seeking alpha in private market sectors and individual companies.

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Andrew Alden, CFA
Senior Director of Quantitative Research, Forge

Prior to this role, Andrew launched Semantiqa, an investment management firm focused on the public-market growth equities space. Andrew has also held researcher positions at WeatherStorm Capital and Lattice Strategies (now Hartford Funds).

Dan Chaparian
VP, Product Marketing, Forge

Prior to joining Forge, Dan was VP, Global Product Marketing, for BlackRock's iShares ETF business. He previously held positions at Apple and Uber and is a former startup founder.

Craig Derbenwick
Senior Director, Content Strategy, Forge

Craig Derbenwick is Senior Director of Content Strategy at Forge. In his role, he leads the development and execution of cross-channel marketing and thought leadership content. Prior to Forge, he spent 15 years in financial marketing roles and as a consultant for asset management and fintech companies.

Riley Martin
Senior Data Analyst, Forge

Before joining Forge, Riley was a Consultant for Strategy and Analytics at Deloitte assisting large tech clients with in-depth analysis of global data. 


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The performance of the Forge Private Market Index with respect to the growth of $10,000 shown herein does not represent the performance of any actual investment, as you cannot invest in the index, but rather reflects the hypothetical growth of a $10,000 investment in a basket of securities based on the index. Additionally, the chart assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains in the constituent securities but does not reflect any fees or commissions that may be incurred in purchasing or selling such securities, which would lower the figures shown if included. Further, $10,000 may not be a sufficient amount to invest simultaneously in all securities contributing to the performance shown, which would further prevent an investor from matching the performance shown. The performance shown represents past performance, and past performance is not indicative of future results.

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