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Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

This has been a record-breaking few weeks for private equity, in terms of new capital formation. And not just that $100 billion global tech fund from SoftBank.

Why it matters: The last time we saw massive fundraising like this, the global economy had peaked. Investors just didn't know it yet.

Since the beginning of April, we've seen:

  • The largest global PE fund ever raised: SoftBank Vision Fund, $93 billion (total target $100 billion)
  • The largest Europe-based PE fund ever raised: CVC Capital Partners, €16 billion
  • The largest Asia-focused fund ever raised: KKR Asia III, $9.3 billion
  • The largest U.S.-based tech PE fund ever raised: Silver Lake V, $15 billion.

Moreover, The Blackstone Group is halfway toward the largest infrastructure fund ever raised ($40 billion target) and Apollo Global Management is raising the largest-ever U.S.-based buyout fund ($23.5 billion target). There also was an SEC filing today that showed Sequoia Capital had raised nearly $2 billion for a global growth equity fund, which is far more than the venerable Silicon Valley firm has ever before raised.

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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

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Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

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Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.