• Private equity returns: It's all about alpha

    May 04, 2014 |

    Private equity firms benefited from a warming economic climate, strengthening public equity and debt markets and other favorable external factors to help push up asset valuations. In the dance between market beta and the unique alpha-generating capabilities of general partners themselves, each

  • Competition heats up as private equity funds seek new capital

    April 29, 2014 |

    Signs of momentum that began to build in private equity fund-raising in 2013 look primed to gather force in 2014. Indeed, as we described in Bain & Company’s latest Global Private Equity Report, the dynamics that are coming into focus on the supply-and-demand front suggest that 2014 could be a year

  • Why your customers break up with you

    April 29, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Most telecommunications and media companies lose between 2% and 2.5% of their customers every month. Businesses tend to blame a bad service call or a rival's offer, but the reality is that these customers are fed up.

  • Private equity: End of years of frustration

    April 25, 2014 | Singapore Business Times

    After four frustrating years of false starts, nervous capital markets and deal-dampening volatility, the private equity (PE) industry has taken a sharp turn from uncertainty and worry to enthusiasm about the past year and optimism for the future.

  • In healthcare, private equity firms face competition for deals in robust exit environment

    April 25, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes | Media mention

    According to Bain & Company's Healthcare Private Equity Report, finding new and worthwhile investments in the healthcare industry has become more difficult.

  • Private equity's new strategic imperative

    April 25, 2014 |

    Private equity firms have long prided themselves on their ability to prosper through good times and bad, but it will take more than nimble tactical maneuvering to keep them competitive in a post-financial crisis environment.

  • Connected homes: What role should energy companies play?

    April 23, 2014 | Utilities and Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Home energy services may seem like a natural adjacency for utilities. But in some places, the market is already dominated by cable, telcos and other players. Executives looking at this opportunity to delight their customers (and earn some incremental revenue) should assess the competitive

  • Private equity shifts gears in emerging markets

    April 22, 2014 | Private Equity |

    After surveying another year of disappointing results from their emerging market investments in 2013, many private equity investors that had enthusiastically piled into the big developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China are rethinking their emerging market strategies.

  • Private equity's new macro challenges

    April 17, 2014 |

    For decades, private equity (PE) firms made money by focusing on the microeconomics of businesses and letting the macro conditions take care of themselves. While investors focused on industry dynamics and company performance, macro factors such as currency movements, monetary policy, technological

  • Mobile payments: The next step in a bank's digital journey

    April 16, 2014 | Banking | Bain Brief

    Many banks have been slow to invest in mobile payments technology, but it is the next logical step in a bank’s digital journey. As mobile payments hit the mainstream, bankers should offer their customers a compelling value proposition, such as financial management tools. If they don’t others are