U.S. private equity funds in 2016 posted their strongest annual net returns since 2013, while U.S. venture funds had their weakest year since 2008, according to new data from Cambridge Associates. Highlights of the numbers, which were calculated as of year-end 2016:

  • U.S. private equity: 12.9% (1 yr), 10% (3 yr), 13.2% (5 yr), 10% (10 yr), 12.4% (15 yr), 12.4% (20 yr)
  • U.S. venture capital: 0.3% (1 yr), 11.7% (3 yr), 14% (5 yr), 9.4% (10 yr), 6.8% (15 yr), 26.1% (20 yr)
  • Sector note: The strongest performing PE sector investments were in energy. For venture it was IT.
  • VC distributions: U.S. venture funds called $12.8 billion and distributed $18.7 billion in 2016, the fifth-straight year the latter outpaced the former. Both figures, however, were down significantly from 2015.
  • PE distributions: U.S. private equity funds called $99.1 billion in 2016 and distributed $122.2 billion. The inflows were the highest since 2007, while distributions fell 14% from 2015.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.

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