(MT Newswires) -- Steve Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, expects interest rates to fall in the second half of the year, which could boost financial markets. After a quieter period, Blackstone has picked up the pace with six new private equity investments in the space of six weeks, signalling renewed optimism. Schwarzman identifies opportunities in the data centre, energy transition, healthcare and real estate sectors in Europe, the latter being attractive due to rising financing costs that are encouraging asset disposals. Finally, he highlights the importance of private equity in retirement portfolios, pointing out that Blackstone manages $250 billion, or a quarter of its assets, for private clients.

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