our best-performing funds—those launched prior to 1995—did not report peak returns until the sixth or the seventh year of their lives. That pattern began to change in the late ’90s, when peak returns almost always were reported during the fund’s five-year investment period, usually in the first thirty-six months.
“When you get an above-average return in any class of assets, money floods in until it drives returns down to a normal, B. Hambrecht
Longer fund lives are an expensive trend for LPs, who often are asked to pay additional management fees for a fund that extends beyond ten years. Many funds have several companies left in the fund at the ten-year mark, and demand additional fees, frequently based on the value of the portfolio (e.g., 1.5 percent of the cost basis of the remaining portfolio). The alternative available to LPs is to receive a FedEx package of private company share certificates.