Private equity – hedge funds, buyout firms, venture capital – is subjected to analysis at a new policy think tank. The focus is on performance and returns in addition to distortions of the American economy. The analysis highlights the subpar returns over and during the last decade. It calls into question the valuations, leverage, and risk that are standard practices. In doing so, it also raises questions of governance for private equity investors, particularly institutions, pensions, and endowments.