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P.E. Firms Are Gonna Need A Bigger Shovel

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We’re at $1.141 trillion and counting.

The amount of money raised by private-equity firms but not yet invested—known as dry powder—hit a record high of $1.073 trillion globally at the end of 2013, according to data provider Preqin, an increase of $130 billion from 2012. The total has continued to grow this year, reaching $1.141 trillion globally as of the start of June….

That's not deterring investors. They committed $431 billion to private-equity funds in 2013, the highest amount since the financial crisis that started in 2007, according to Preqin. And that is set to continue, as 90% of investors surveyed by Preqin in December said they intend to invest either the same amount or more in private equity this year compared with last year, and 92% said they would maintain or increase their private-equity allocation over the longer term.

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