While this was happening around us, the markets were also enduring a very rough week pulling the returns for the month and the year back into negative territory. Year-to-date the S&P TSX Composite is down -.65%, the S&P 500 is down -3.77% and the Dow Jones is down -2.92%. What you may not know is that the Chinese stock market is down -22% year-to-date and other international indices are also in negative territory. The markets are currently in a trading range and we have gone back to touch the 50-day and 200-day moving averages. With more and more economic indicators coming in below expectations even the most ardent commodity bull has to step back and assess at least the near-and intermediate-term landscape.
Private equity is awash with cash - for now. In two years time, the tides will have receded though. For business owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs, now is the time to look seriously at private equity partners. There is no market mood to affect your valuation of your business and you get experts putting their thinking caps on to build your business. Right now, we all need all the help we can get.
Jacoline Loewen, expert in private equity and family business and author of Money Magnet: Attracting Investors to Your Business which is now a text book at Ivey Business School.