The real play is in companies that are leveraged to the creation of infrastructure assets.

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Infrastructure will look a lot different in the future.

I've been writing about the coming secular increase in global infrastructure spending in a series of blog posts.  Others are seeing the same thing, both in the M&A market and private equity universe. Infrastructure M&A In December, John Grayken's Lone Star Funds bought BASF's construction chemicals business for $3.5 billion.[1]  That unit

has over 7,000 employees and production sites and sales offices in over 60 countries. On Monday, WSP Global approached infrastructure engineering firm Aecom about a possible merger.[2]  For those of you who don't know Aecom, it is a global engineering firm that offers services in infrastructure, including: consulting,…

"The private equity business is more competitive because there is more money that has flowed into it."

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Growth of global private equity dry powder. Source: Bain & Co.

This is the fourth interview in our Entrepreneur and Family-Owned Business Interview Series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family business owners think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of the project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle-market investment bankers, attorneys,

accountants, and consultants that advise privately held firms. This interview is with Bob Horne, a partner at ZS Fund L.P., a private equity firm located in Manhattan. Bob has decades of experience working in private equity and before that in mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers. Some of the…

Global central bank intervention has altered the very fabric of the economic universe, time.

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Light bending around the sun is similar to the distortion caused by artificially low interest rates.

Like the Spacing Guild, central bankers the world over have bent the financial universe to their will.  The results have been spectacular.  If you were wealthy in 2009, you are almost certainly much more so at the end of 2019. In this unprecedented decent into interest rate suppression, asset purchases, and

the resulting stock market volatility suppression, there has been an unintended consequence, it has caused the periodicity of the economic cycle to become stretched.  In other words, global central bank intervention has altered the very fabric of the economic universe, time. And we are nowhere near touching the bottom…

Western governments are about to steal the central planning playbook from China. The plan is infrastructure spending.

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Global politicians marching in formation.

Much ink has been spilled bemoaning how Europe and the U.S. will become "Japanified", but pundits have missed the geographic mark.  The U.S. will become China, with Japanese characteristics. Global leaders must marvel at the high growth rates that China has been able to sustain for the past 20 years.  And although

this growth is slowing, it is still two to six times that of other similar sized economies. The economics profession has been mostly silent on this phenomenon as it puts the lie to every theory the mainstream discipline stands upon.  In short, a centrally-planned economy that crushes all…

The Chinese Communist Party starved 30 to 55 million of its own people in the "Great Leap Forward", and didn’t even bat an eye.

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Eating America's lunch for 30 years.

While the Russians undoubtedly helped put Donald Trump into power, he could very easily be taken out of power by the Chinese. And it won't involve bot farms trolling on Twitter. This is not a tinfoil hat theory involving the tri-lateral commission, the Illuminati, QAnon, or the deep state.  It only

involves rational self-interest by state actors doing things they have already done before. Let us assume China views Trump as a threat.  A fair assumption since he has put more tariffs on them than any president before and has made their business model of forced technology transfer, IP theft,…