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Private Capital Markets Project


Advancing ongoing research to understand the true cost of private capital across market types and the investment expectations of privately-held business owners.

Private Capital Access Index

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The PCA Index is research conducted by the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. A quarterly indicator produced by the Graziadio School in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet , the index was released for the first time in late summer 2012. The purpose of the PCA Index is to gauge the demand of small and medium-sized businesses for financing needs, the level of accessibility of private capital, and the transparency and efficiency of private financing markets.

Market Pulse Survey

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The quarterly International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and M&A Source Market Pulse Survey was created to gain an accurate understanding of the market conditions for businesses being sold in Main Street (values $0-$2MM) and the lower middle market (values $2MM -$50MM). This national survey is conducted with the intent of providing a valuable resource to business owners and their advisors.

The IBBA and M&A Source present the Market Pulse Survey with the support of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project and Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management.

PCM Project Reports

  • 2017 Private Capital Markets Report

  • 2017 Economic Forecast

  • Market Pulse Quarterly Survey Report – Second Quarter 2017

  • Private Capital Index Results Report – Third Quarter 2017

Craig R. Everett

Lead Researcher

Craig R. Everett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Finance
Director, Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project

Dr. Everett has over twenty years of industry experience in management consulting (Accenture) and the aerospace and defense industry (Northrop Grumman). He has also been involved with multiple startup ventures. At the Graziadio School, his teaching and research interests include entrepreneurial finance, private capital markets, business valuation, and behavioral corporate finance.