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As Private Equity Funds Get Bigger, They May Be Less Likely to Deliver

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By John McDonald Private equity funds are getting bigger and bigger, capable of raising larger and large amounts of capital. Unfortunately, just because a fund is setting records for equity raises does not mean it is going to be a successful venture for investors.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “megafunds” of $10 billion or more have performed only “roughly in line with the S&P 500” rather than exceeding that market’s performance, as one would expect. Private equity funds have a historical reputation for returns closer to 20 percent and higher rather than just barely over 14 percent, as the...

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Chinese Sale of U.S. Treasury Bonds Indicates Commitment to Trade Conflict

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By John McDonald China has been selling off U.S. Treasury bonds for several years now, causing a vague unease among many U.S. investors. With a trade conflict between the two countries well under way, China’s reduction of its bonds by about 4 percent in 2018 and its ongoing sale of the bonds in 2019 has many “talking heads” talking about a trade-war “nuclear option” for China: dumping its U.S. Treasury debts. “This is really the biggest weapon they have,” said Loyola Marymount economics professor Sung Won Sohn in a recent interview on CNBC. “If push comes to shove, that is what...

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