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Jeff Yastine Talks about the Increasing Mergers and Acquisitions

Jeff Yastine, a prominent investment expert and an editor to Banyan Hill Publishing, confirms that mergers and acquisitions are going to get more prominence in the coming years. He also confirmed that 2018 is going to be a golden year for mergers and acquisitions. Interestingly, Deloitte made and forwarded an M&A 2018 survey to over 1,000 senior executives of large corporations, private equity firms, and more. Nearly 70% of them responded that they have an additional cash reserve this year, and they have developed a strategy for making more mergers and acquisitions. The companies also confirmed that they are focusing on organic investments, including spending money on growing their business internally.

The survey also revealed that the executives are found to be more honest about the strategies of their companies this time. It means that the companies are openly searching for opportunities of mergers and acquisitions. Almost 40% of the respondents said that they keep mergers and acquisitions as their top priority. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of the executives responded that the transactions in their companies this year would be larger than the previous transaction records. Dealogic, a company collecting M&A data from 1995, confirmed that 2017 also saw a high number of transactions. Interestingly, November 2017 was the second-biggest month of transactions since 1995. More info at Talk Markets

Jeff Yastine sees a wonderful opportunity for the investors to bet on some individual stocks. He quoted that when it comes to pharma sector, companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Biogen Inc. have a higher probability of being buyout candidates. Nordstrom Inc. is another company on the list due to its low price since 2015, according to Jeff Yastine. Even the case of the tech sector is no different, and Akamai Technologies Inc. is going through talks on possible buyouts. It reflected in the stock price of the company as it went up 14 percent in the recent months. While all of these are all-or-nothing bets, Yastine recommends the investors to purchase ETFs. For instance, the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF grew 24% in the last five years, and another 5% is expected this year.

Jeff Yastine is the editor of the prominent investment newsletter, Total Wealth Insider of Banyan Hill Publishing. He joined the premier investment advisory and publishing group in the year 2015 with a combined experience of two decades. Interestingly, he worked as a financial journalist and an investor at stock markets during the initial days of his career. He was the anchor of the PBS program, Nightly Business Report, from the late 1990s until 2010. View Related Info at