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“We are seeing some shift by investors putting money with private equity funds with a record of both regular buyouts and distressed investments,” said Brenda Rainey, director of the global private equity practice at Bain & Co. The private equity industry has raised nearly $3 trillion from investors since 2012, according to industry tracker Preqin. But given investors’ concerns over a potential price bubble, managers are now preparing for leaner times. “In hindsight, the last 10 years were easy,” Kewsong Lee, co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group, said ties and cufflinks. “The next 10 years will be harder.”..
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Dianrong, one of China’s biggest peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders, is shutting down 60 of its 90 offline stores and laying off an estimated 2,000 employees, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. The shrinking of Shanghai-based Dianrong comes amid Beijing’s multi-year crackdown on risky practices and excessive leverage in the financial system that has seen a wave of P2P company collapses and triggered protests by angry investors who lost their savings ties and cufflinks.
The company was co-founded by Soul Htite, who was also behind U.S. online lender LendingClub Corp. It is backed by Singapore sovereign fund GIC Pte Ltd and Standard Chartered Private Equity. When asked for a response to the store closures and layoffs, Dianrong said it would comment later. P2P platforms gather funds from retail investors and loan the money to small corporate and individual borrowers, promising high returns ties and cufflinks. At its peak in 2015, the sector had about 3,500 businesses in China. The P2P industry had outstanding loans of 1.49 trillion yuan ($217.96 billion) last year, far larger than the combined sector outside China..
(Reuters) – A rise in productivity last year gives more room for wages to grow without the risk of higher inflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Thursday, offering another reason why the U.S. central bank can hold off on further rate increases ties and cufflinks. “Signs of upward pressure on inflation appear muted despite the strong labor market,” with unemployment at 4 percent and wage increases picking up of late, Powell said in remarks prepared for delivery at the Citizens Budget Commission in New York..
With sidelined workers moving back into the labor market and an improvement in productivity last year, the economy can continue filling tens of thousands of new jobs each month and support higher wages without sparking an inflation spike that might prompt the Fed to begin raising rates again. “More plentiful jobs and rising wages are drawing more people into the work force,” Powell said ties and cufflinks. “Business-sector productivity growth, which had been disappointing during the expansion, moved up. .. Rising productivity allows wages to increase without adding to inflation pressures.”..