Carlyle Launches Podcast

Feb 5 2013 | 2:28am ET

In some circles, the Carlyle Group has a reputation for being a secretive, shadowy organization, something akin to a secret government, due to the firm's longstanding links with Washington's political elite. But the private equity giant is taking a very un-secretive step into the spotlight.

The firm last week released the first of what is expected to be a monthly series of podcasts. The first one features co-founder William Conway discussing the investment outlook for 2013.

Conway covered some substantial ground in the maiden "ValuCast," which runs for 18 minutes and which is available both on Carlyle's Web site and Apple's iTunes Store. He tells listeners that Carlyle is seeking to profit from China's growing consumer class and says that "our data right now is telling us the European economy in general has begun to bottom." And he talks about why Carlyle favors the U.S., in spite of a predicted rise in interest rates.

"I would say that the herd is usually not a good place to invest," Conway pontificates, "but I would not classify Carlyle as a contrarian investor."

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