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With the ability to borrow at low rates and invest in private companies operating under the radar, many business development companies (BDCs) and private equity firms have been buying up small-to-medium targets with the plans to resell them at premium prices. Regulatory reforms like the JOBS Act have also helped the growth of private investment in the US, with six new BDCs going public since 2012. [1] Investors can find BDCs attractive because they purchase the debt and equity of private companies. In order to maintain their Registered Investment Company (RIC) status BDCs are required to pay out 90% of their taxable income to shareholders as dividends, provide managerial expertise to the companies they own, and pass diversification tests.[2] From 2006 to 2012, PE-backed companies generated returns of fivefold, compared to publicly held companies, with about half of those returns generated by strategic and operational improvements to portfolio companies.[3] Nevertheless, these firms can make highly leveraged investments in illiquid securities and the risks of both should be understood before deciding to go along for the ride.[4] See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
61.5% Debt Investors 10.2%
12.6% Oaktree Capital Group LLC Class A Units Representing Limited Lia OAK 4.1%
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2.2% 8xxxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8x 88.8%
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38.5% Equity Investors 15.7%
20.5% Brookfield Asset Management Inc. BAM 10.9%
15.9% Apollo Global Management LLC Class A Representing Class A Limiti APO 24.6%
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