Canadian Financial, Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary

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Private Equity

Synonyms:closed equity, non-public equity
Filed Under: financial-banking, investments
Tags: banking, investment

Definition of private equity

private equity
1. Equity securities that are not openly traded on a stock exchange. Private equity investments are often made by private equity firms, venture capitalists, and angel investors.

Related Terms and Acronyms:

  • angel investors   Private individuals with capital to invest in business enterprises.
  • equity   The value of a property minus outstanding mortgage debt and other liens.
  • housing-equity partnership   An arrangement in which one buyer lives in a home and the other has an ownership stake as an investment. The partners split the capital gain after the property is sold.
  • initial public offering (IPO)   When shares of a corporation become available to the public for the first time.
  • return on equity (ROE)   A ratio that shows how profitable a company is when compared to shareholder equity.
  • security   A tradable financial implement that represents ownership, the rights to ownership or debt.
  • seed funding   Money used to start a business.
  • startup company   A recently founded company that works on new products and services.
  • stock   A share of the ownership of a company.
  • venture capital (VC)   Financial capital given to startup companies.

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