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Private equity has drawn its fair share of criticism lately as financial conditions have continued to tighten. The prophets of doom have been loud and united: 
  • “Hordes of investors ‘stuck’ in painfully over-valued assets.” 
  • “Screws tighten on super funds over valuing unlisted assets.” 
  • “Private equity heads for a ‘slow motion train wreck.’”

While such assertions make for juicy headlines, they haven’t been borne out by reality; at least as it relates to Schroders Capital and the way we invest. In this piece, I explain some of the structural trends shaping today’s investment landscape, respond to some of the criticism [mis]directed at private equity, and identify some of the key trends emerging from the asset class.




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The views expressed herein are those of Schroders Capital, are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. The views and information discussed should not be construed as research, a recommendation, or investment advice, nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Schroders Capital or Hartford Funds.

The information represents Schroders Capital private equity space generally and may not reflect the operations of any Hartford Fund.

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Global Head of Private Equity, Schroders Capital

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