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The Middle Market has a Weight Problem

Beneath the screeching Klaxon alarms, raised by frenetic media on all things related to deal making, lies a deep – and historically vibrant – Middle Market. Undaunted, intrepid reporters dash through press rooms clutching another article decrying companies “laden with debt”, “leverage limits”, “criticized assets” of the if-it-bleeds-it-leads meme – while a vast sector of the economy […]

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WSJ Weekend Investor Really Misses the Mark on Private Equity

Mark Hulbert was busy elbowing his way onto the anti-private equity bandwagon on July 5th with his confusing dispatch “Real Returns: Are Private-Equity Gains Built to Last?” Mr. Hulbert heroically ignores a large body of readily accessible research and data to precariously perch his pejorative premises on quite arguable findings from a single, tax-return driven […]

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Private Equity Capital Overhang from a Middle Market Perspective (part II)

  Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.” – Evan Esar, American Humorist (1899-1995)   As I have suggested before, the Private Equity market place is not monolithic and most attempts to describe the market in generalities, be it performance or otherwise, fall flat – especially […]

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Private Equity Capital Overhang from a Middle Market Perspective

  “For my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die. It may be that the gulfs will wash us down: It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles, And see the great Achilles, whom we knew” -Tennyson “Ulysses” (1842) From a high level, […]

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2012 1Q – Still in a holding pattern

I was catching up on some reading and got a chance to re-visit the First Quarter 2012 Private Capital Access Index published by Dr. John Paglia who heads up the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. For those interested in the Middle Market, I strongly suggest getting involved in the surveys that this project runs periodically. […]

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