(1) Do you agree with the viewpoint expressed in this piece? Explain why or why not.
(2) Is the private equity firm doing something wrong by cutting expenses, increasing efficiency, and driving up stock prices? Is there a tradeoff between the short run policy of increasing profit and a long run policy of increasing profit?
(3) What is a fundamentally sound company? If it has taken on too much debt is it fundamentally sound? Explain
(4) What do the critics of the private equity firms actually want?