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Charts and graphs are provided for illustrative purposes. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Prospective application of the methodology used to construct the Index may not result in performance commensurate with the back-test returns shown. The back-test period does not necessarily correspond to the entire available history of the Index. Please refer to the Index Methodology for additional information on Index calculation and rebalancing policies.
One limitation of the approach used to calculate the Index is that the Publisher relies upon its own proprietary waterfall models to calculate the implied enterprise values of Index Constituents. In doing so, the Publisher uses discretion to make judgments and estimations regarding, for example, the number of outstanding shares of Index Constituents. To the extent that such judgments and estimations are inaccurate, the implied valuations underlying the Index would be inaccurate as well.
Another limitation of the Index is that, in calculating the implied enterprise values of Index Constituents, the Publisher does not treat differently Index Data derived from secondary transactions executed on the SPFC platform and primary financing rounds. We acknowledge that SPFC secondary transactions tend to have distinct valuation dynamics as compared to primary funding rounds. Given the large number of data points included in the Index, we remain confident that any fluctuation associated with intermingling primary and secondary transactions is fairly minimal.
Another limitation of back-tested hypothetical information is that generally the back-tested calculation is prepared with the benefit of hindsight. Back-tested data reflect the application of the Index methodology and selection of Index Constituents in hindsight. No hypothetical record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, there are numerous factors related to the private equities markets in general which cannot be, and have not been, accounted for in the preparation of the Index information set forth, all of which can affect actual performance. In addition, we have not maintained a historical record of private company cap tables, which may affect the implied enterprise values included in the Index for back-testing purposes.
The Index Constituents are necessarily limited to only those that the Publisher is aware meet the Index Eligibility Requirements. There may be companies that in fact meet the Index Eligibility Requirements and thus should be included among the Index Constituents, but which have not been included in the Index on the basis that the Publisher has not been able to confirm eligibility. For example, there may be a high-profile company that appears to belong to the Index Universe, but the Publisher is unable to confirm, based on available Index Data, that it meets the Index Eligibility Requirements. Such a company would not be included in the Index, notwithstanding the fact that it meets the Index Eligibility Requirements. Similarly, although the Publisher uses commercially reasonable efforts to track data on private companies, the data it relies on may be inaccurate or it may not be published in such a fashion that it becomes known to the Publisher. This may result in companies being included in the Index that, had the Publisher been aware of the accurate data, would not have been.
The Index does not represent the results of actual trading of investor assets. The Publisher maintains the Index and calculates the Index levels and performance shown or discussed, but does not manage actual assets.