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The real deal

Popularity can often give way to overcrowding. During the past five years, private equity funds have raised a record $3trn from investors wanting to gain exposure to the asset class. That rise in inflows has been precipitated by historically low interest rates, which have spurred investors to search for yields outside traditional asset types, as well as a wall of cheap debt that has buoyed the leveraged buyout industry.

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