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Absent massive regulatory changes that would make it too costly to finance buyouts or would entirely remove the carried interest tax savings, private equity firms will continue to grow and seek to generate market-beating returns for their investors.

From housing to hospitals and fisheries to fast food, private equity investors have acquired a host of businesses in recent decades and control more than $6 trillion in assets in the U.S. - but what makes them different from any other type of investor? Read more»