Private equity firms are sitting on $1.5 trillion in unspent cash, and looking to raise more

Analysts predict private equity fundraising will top $200 billion in 2020, off slightly from its peak hit last year.


26 Jan, 2020FORTUNE.COM

Private equity firms are sitting on $1.5 trillion in unspent cash, and looking to raise more

It’s a new year and a new decade, and private equity finds itself in something of a paradox. PE firms have record amounts of unspent cash on hand, and they plan on heading back to the markets to raise still more.

Private markets continue to attract investors looking for the historically higher returns that can be found outside the public markets. The upshot: PE fundraising this year will likely come in fairly steady, near 2019’s record haul. ...

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