Markets took a downward turn in October as the impact of the global monetary tightening cycle, excessive valuations within some asset classes, political uncertainty and issues across emerging market currencies turned sentiment sour. However, we believe this was a sensible correction, not the first leg down in a long-term bear market.
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the UK rose to £157 billion in 2017, the second highest total since the onset of the global financial crisis nearly a decade ago. These deals – in which a UK company was the target – also increased in volume, as 1,543 companies were taken over, up from 1,493 according to figures released by Mergermarket. This is despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its impact on the UK economic outlook.