Could Take-Privates Spike in 2019?

December 24, 2018

In an interesting speculation on the state of the private equity universe, Adam Lewis of private-equity data provider Pitchbook is out with an interesting look take on the “take-privates” activity.  In particular, he speculates that the take-private activity will spike in 2019. Some Background Before getting into the reasons why take-private activity could spike in […]

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How Did Financial Employment Do in 2018?

December 10, 2018

The year is almost over.  As such, now seem like a good time to review how financial employment did in 2018. There are two charts here.  The first compares growth in financial employment with other major sectors.  The second compares growth in financial industry employment by president for the first almost 2 years in office. […]

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Who are the Top 11 PE investors in the US Midwest?

November 27, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook recently released some interesting data on the top 11 private equity (PE) investors in the U.S. Midwest.  Which entities would you guess show up on top? Would you guess the big entities – Canadian Pension Plan Investment Fund, AlpInvest Partners, Hamilton Lane, HarbourVest Partners, or Washington State Investment Board show […]

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The Top 9 Trends in US Private Equity Right Now

November 12, 2018

One of the most well-known data providers used by private equity professionals is Pitchbook.  They’re out with their take on the top 9 trends in US-based private equity activity right now. Before looking at the list, which topics would you guess show up?  Take your guess now – the top 9 list follows. #1: 2018 […]

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A Look at Pitchbook’s 2018 Startup Graveyard

October 29, 2018

In an almost interesting fashion, Pitchbook, the private equity data provider, is out with a look at the 2018 startup graveyard.  The tally reviews companies that died in the year of 2018. Before looking at the list, which companies would you guess are on the list?  Does a certain blood-testing company come to mind?  Perhaps […]

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Looking at the Most Valuable Startups in Each State

October 15, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook is out with a fascinating new look at the most valuable startups by U.S. state. Before looking at the results, take a guess.  Would you guess the most valuable startup is headquartered in Massachusetts, with its biotechnology-centered cluster?  What about California?  Silicon Valley certainly has some very valuable startups.  Perhaps […]

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Are the Heydays of Private Equity Over?

October 1, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook is out with an interesting question – “Is declining fund performance a sign that PE’s good times are over?“. It’s a question worth asking whether you’re in the private equity sector, or whether you’re an investor seeking to maximize your returns. Before looking at the return data for private equity […]

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Where is Financial Employment Booming?

September 17, 2018

Every now and then we review how the financial sector is doing.  Before looking, which U.S. state would you guess is #1 for financial sector employment?  Would you guess New York – the home of Wall Street?  Perhaps Chicago (Illinois), with its heavy focus on insurance services?  What about California, with its heavy focus on […]

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Which Universities Produce the Most Venture Capital-Backed Companies?

September 3, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook is out with their annual report on which universities produce the most venture capital (VC)-backed companies?  Before looking, which universities would you guess show up on the list? Would you guess Ivy League schools, with their highly ambitious, academically fresh graduates?  Perhaps you’d guess universities in places where the state […]

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Where and Who are the Top Private Debt Companies?

August 20, 2018

Private equity data collector Prequin is out with a fascinating look at the top 100 private debt companies.  Which companies would you guess show up on the list?  Where would you speculate the majority of private debt companies are headquartered?  Make your guesses now, because the answers follow. Where the Top 100 Private Debt Companies […]

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