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Private equity is an investment type that consists of capital that is privately owned, and not listed on any public exchange. Private equity is usually funds, such as limited partnerships, institutional investment groups (often private equity firms or venture capital groups), or the capital of private investors.
Private investors often fund start-up companies, or buy public companies, effectively making them private (and compensating shareholders). Using private equity helps businesses avoid the volatility of the public market or bank loans with interest payments.
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