(Charlotte, NC – September 5, 2018)
Private equity firms are lending more where traditional banks won’t–and also starting to compete with them
Note: 2018 is year-to-date through the first quarter
Source: Preqin; Read full article
What We’re Reading
Below are links to recent articles we found interesting (no partnerships expressed or implied).
The New Business Banker: A Private-Equity Firm
(The Wall Street Journal) Private-equity firms have long been some of the biggest owners of companies. As the chart above illustrates, they are vying to become some of their biggest lenders. Fueled by an influx of cash from yield-hungry investors, firms devoted to buyouts are now financing deals banks won’t.
We Are All Accumulating Mountains of Things
(The Atlantic Monthly) Online shopping and cheap prices are turning Americans into hoarders. Thanks to a perfect storm of factors, Americans are amassing a lot of stuff. Before the advent of the internet, we had to set aside time to go browse the aisles of a physical store. Now, we can shop from anywhere, any time.
Do You Use Somebody’s First Name or Last Name? The Answer Speaks Volumes.
(The Wall Street Journal) In a professional setting, referring to someone by their last name only conveys more eminence – and its more common for discussing men than women. The next time you and your friends are discussing your favorite up-and-coming politicians, or people in your own field, take note of how you refer to the men versus the women. You might be communicating more than you realize.
The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages
(The New Yorker) Last May, Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia, a doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, flew to Malta for a week to learn Maltese. He had a hefty grammar book in his backpack, but he didn’t plan to open it unless he had to. “We’ll do this as I would in the Amazon,” he told me, referring to his fieldwork as a linguist. Our plan was for me to observe how he went about learning a new language, starting with “hello” and “thank you.”
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