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There is lots of private equity talk right now about "super carry," following a Financial Times story about how some big-name firms are asking for a bigger cut of investment profits.

The big picture: Carried interest, the percentage of profits taken by fund managers, has historically been 20% for private equity. But the FT reports on 30% carry structures in new funds from Altor, Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group, EQT Partners, Eurazeo and Vista Equity Partners.

What's happening: Recent PE returns have been strong, giving general partners more negotiating leverage over prospective limited partners. Kind of like right before the financial crisis.

  • But one important difference is that some of these funds also come with lower fixed management fees, or choose-your-own-structures that Bain Capital pioneered several years ago. That matters because many LPs believe that such a trade-off creates a stronger alignment of interest — whereas the 2006-2007 carry increases were cash grabs without concessions.
  • Plus, buyout fund hold periods are shrinking a bit, meaning that LPs can get have more timely performance data when making new commitments.

My thought bubble: To be clear, I typically side with limited partners when it comes to fee structures. It's their money. But "super carry" seems more worthy of a deep sigh than hyperventilation.

Go deeper: Low-risk investments are fueling more private equity repurchases

Go deeper

1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Senate Democrats target billionaires

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

After failing to get a deal on other planned tax increases, key Senate Democrats are pivoting to a billionaires' income tax to pay for President Biden's social spending.

The big picture: No advanced economy has attempted anything similar on such a scale.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
6 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.