peHUB Second Opinion 5.4

Faber Report: Equity checks are shrinking and leverage ratios are rising. (CNBC)

Hypocrisy: Anti-Wall St. Lawmakers Also Sold Stocks Short (Dealbook)

Invest Here: The anti-aging industry is booming. (Businessweek)

Every Dollar Counts: PE firms are cleaning up on dollar store investments. (Deal Journal)

Lobby Your Heart Out: Why have private equity and hedge funds avoided much of the Wall-Street-directed ire of the last two years? Because of lobbying groups like the Private Equity Counsel, of course. (Politico via PE Beat)

Listicle: Top ten reasons you should quit Facebook. (Gizmodo)

The Waiting Game: There are lots of private-equity funds in Japan, but very few deals (Economist)