The year appears to be ending on a slow note as the tally for the fourth quarter is less than any of the other periods of the year. Firms started 2012 well and captured $26.47 billion during the first quarter. The next two quarters were even more active and accounted for a major share of the total secured for the entire year. The total for the second quarter more than doubled what sponsors raised in the previous period. For a larger version of this chart, click the link at right.