The general outlook for for the remainder of 2011 has not changed much from the 2010 Outlook. Earlier this year I had written detailed 2010 reviews & 2011 outlooks, for the bond market, currencies, and mergers & acquisitions (M&A). My intention was to distance them from the commonly published (and relatively useless) “outlook” and prediction, or “best places to put money this year 2011” type articles. However, there is...
The U.S. economy expanded 1.8%, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0%, U.S. government debt situation worsened during the first quarter of 2011.
In the first half of 2011 Canada’s economy saw modest improvement, but was pressured by high unemployment, prices, increasing imports, and household debt.
Corporate merger & acquisition (M&A) activity has increased in 2011, with increased corporate confidence, low valuations, and the search for growth.
Overall volume of merger & acquisition activity has risen across all sectors & industries in the first half of 2011, and is expected to continue into 2012.