The Biggest Lesson Private Equity is Teaching Public Companies

Private equity provides some interesting opportunities for long term investors in the current investing climate, according to one wealth advisor.
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Private equity provides some interesting opportunities for long term investors in the current investing climate, according to one wealth advisor. Chris Dardaman, who co-founded the Atlanta based investment management firm Brightworth, thinks there’s a sizeable premium in the private equity market. ‘The reason is historically 80% of the returns in private equity have come not from P/E expansion, like you’ll see in public markets, but it has come from them actually being able to grow the businesses, and put together acquisitions and make the businesses more efficient.’ Dardaman likes the non-correlated returns in private equity, particularly with the current market volatility. Dardaman said a number of his fund managers are holding higher levels of cash than normal.