The Pulse of Private Equity – 1/7/2019

2018: Almost a record


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Thanks to a massive Q4 to close out the year, 2018 came close to setting a new record for combined deal value. About $277 billion was invested in Q4, versus a relatively paltry $198 billion invested in Q3 2018. Fourth quarters typically see the highest numbers in any given year, as teams race to close in-progress deals before the calendar turns.