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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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The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

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