June 28, 2017
A deals market that had a bullish start in 2017 – anticipating what a new, business-friendly government administration might do – has calmed along with the stock market. But deal volumes are up over 2016, suggesting the fundamentals are in good shape.
Businesses appear to be giving a vote of confidence to an economy growing steadily, if not spectacularly. They’re still striking deals and taking long-term opportunities. They’re getting on with growth and likely won’t be knocked off their stride by turbulence in Washington. Indeed, the early thoughts of “we’ll see what happens” with new policies and regulations may be giving way to “we’ll believe it when we see it.”
Money is still cheap and plentiful, with private equity firms and corporate balance sheets having plenty of dry powder at their disposal. And the intervals between rate rises might well be longer than seemed likely at the start of the year. Boards might also want to signal strength to shareholders with an acquisition.
So what can we expect for the rest of the year? Learn more in our full mid-year review and outlook report.