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Investing in BDCs: Private Equity for Public Shareholders

Investing in BDCs: Private Equity for Public Shareholders

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June 2007  – By John Deysher

Private equity. That’s a term we’re hearing a lot about these days. Billion-dollar deals involving companies going private, once a rarity, are now commonplace. Interest rates are low, corporate profi ts are high, liquidity is robust and burdensome government regulations (Sarbanes-Oxley) are causing many companies, large and small, to pull the plug and go private. Want a piece of the action? There is one way: Business Development Companies (BDCs), which allow public shareholders access to portfolios that resemble private-equity funds. If you have never heard of BDCs, read on.

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