Saturday, September 1, 2012

Private Equity Sharks

TIME designated Summer 2001 in honor of the Shark.  Private equity underwriters (PEU's) managed $750 billion in assets at the end of 2001.

For the last decade PEU sharks hunted for companies.  By 2007 they were in a full-out feeding frenzy.  At the end of 2011 PEU's had $3 trillion in assets under management.

That's 300% growth in AUM over a decade, which means more financial sharks are in the water.  2012 is the Year of Dividend Bleeding for PEU Chums.
Any Sheriffs hunting PEU sharks are "gonna need a bigger boat." It seems one may be up for the task.