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Sampension: Private equity cash overflow worries investors

Private equity markets have attracted an ever-increasing amount of capital over the past few years, and funds are now overflowing with money. AMWatch talks to Sampension's Head of Alternative Investments about the consequences for investors.

"Money is pouring into the good private equity funds — literally pouring. Funds are closing at levels 50 percent above their initial estimate. One of the consequences is that private equity managers have a wall of cash and are struggling to find a home for it," Majken Hauge Johansen, Head of Alternative Investments at Danish pensions provider Sampension tells AMWatch.

She points to the surplus cash floating around the system, as a result of near-zero interest rates, which has made the universal cash pile grow ever bigger.

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