The financial markets generate a lot of number on a per second basis. There are people who have made it a profession to convert this information into trends, buy-sell signals, charts and pivot tables. Over the last 18 years of financial journalism, I have realised that every number has a story to tell. And these numbers as a trend normally never lie. I am forever looking for these trends.
The fund-raising sentiment for PE firms globally seems to be improving. This is borne out by the fact that a majority of the world’s top PE executives are either positive or neutral about the fund-raising environment this year, a marked improvement from last year. This is one of the key findings of a global survey conducted by Grant Thornton. As many as 54 percent of those surveyed said they were either positive or neutral about this year’s environment, compared to just 27 percent a year ago. The Global Private Equity Report 2013-14 is the result of in-depth interviews conducted with 156 senior PE practitioners worldwide.