Chicago Fed looks at private equity trends

The latest Chicago Fed Letter contains a summary of a recent conference organised by the central bank on the current trends in the private equity industry.

The summary suggests that after the third straight year of record buyout fundraising in 2007, the current year will most likely see a decline.

"Buyout activity, especially at the large end, ground to an abrupt halt in the second half of 2007. Record high purchase price multiples should come down as the credit crunch adjusts prices that buyout

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