This week’s blog comes from Michel Driessen, a Senior Partner in EY Transaction Advisory Services. Sometimes one day can really captures the corporate zeitgeist. Global deal values were already running at a near record. UK M&A hit its highest level in over a decade in the first quarter. But the US$120b of deals announced in just … More M&A blip or trend?
A look back into financial markets in 2015 – 2017 … More And it’s goodbye from me…
We’re wondering if we’ve reached a turning point in the UK economy and if developments here and in the US could shake-up markets this summer. … More Will volatility return this summer?
Well, we said it could be a pivotal month! I confess that I didn’t have this exact scenario in mind, but it does seem to follow recent global trends of polarised politics and electorates looking for something new. This is still – as they say in 24 hour news circles – a ‘fluid situation’. But, today I just wanted to take a moment to think about where we could go from here. Emphasis on the ‘could’ since this could be an interesting ride. … More Where do we go from here?
Once again we have a major UK poll and significant central bank meetings against a backdrop of oil price uncertainty. So this week we look back at June 2016, look forward into June 2017 and explore why deal making shouldn’t, but may stutter later this year. … More (Another) Pivotal June?
This week we highlight seven charts, taking us through the maelstrom of market themes that we take into summer. … More From VIX to avocados
In the search for growth, what’s the most important question on business leaders’ minds? Our survey says: “how can I future proof my business?” It’s a central issue for companies and one that we think is changing the way they are thinking about deals. Companies are still buying for reach and scale; but increasingly they’re looking to buy skills, … More Adding capabilities
So, this week we assess the latest bout of market calm in the context of the CCB survey, looking at how and where UK companies are shifting their attention. … More Confident?
The gap between hard and soft data is one of the biggest stories in the market right now. What’s giving us the more accurate picture: surveys tracking activity or those polling sentiment? We’re going to explore the debate this week through a series of questions, asking what we mean by hard and soft data, the source of the gap and what it means for companies and markets. … More Mind the gap! Hard vs soft data
Just the first round of the French Presidential election, new US tax plans, sterling at a seven-month high and more big deals…. Can we cover all this in 800 words and give you the low-down on our latest EY Quarterly Profit Warning report and 16th Capital Confidence Barometer? … More Just another quiet week…