Reasons why asset owners prefer to shift to private equities from public markets

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Private equity has become the return-boosting investment class of choice for many asset managers in recent years, for all the accusations that buyers are overpaying for deals amid an overleveraged bull market. But could the shift away from public markets have a potentially more sinister outcome than luring yield-hungry funds into overpriced unlisted investments? Could it pose a threat to capitalism itself?

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