Jeff Yastine Predicts Increasing Merger & Acquisition Trend

An increase in business merger and acquisition activity is already well underway, according to long-time financial journalist Jeff Yastine. Investors who want to profit from it should look to buying up potential candidates as individual stocks or buy shares in the exchange traded fund that specializes in profiting from M&A deals that have already been announced.

That ETF is IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF, and it’s already up 5% for the year. That’s the safest way to speculate on M&A activity. However, the most profitable way, Jeff Yastine says, is to buy the individual stocks that are great buyout targets before the deal is publicly announced. M&A activity is already accelerating. According to the company that has tracked it since 1995, Dealogic, November 2017 was the second greatest month for M&A since Dealogic began tracking it. And that was before the new tax law which increases the cash available for new deals by cutting the corporate tax rate to encourage companies to transfer their cash from overseas accounts back into the United States.

Deloitte surveyed 1,000 executives from large companies. Two-thirds of those who responded said they expected larger M&A deals in 2018. A full 40% of them said they were making mergers and acquisitions their top priority for the new year. Two-thirds of them said they already had excess cash set aside for such deals. Read more about Jeff Yastine at to know more.

Today, Jeff Yastine edits the financial newsletter Total Wealth Insider for Banyan Hill Publishing. Prior to that, he worked with the Newsmax division on financial newsletters. And prior to that, he spent nearly two decades as senior correspondent and anchor for PBS Nightly Business Report. He and his team were nominated for the 2007 Business Emmy for their coverage of the deterioration of America’s infrastructure. He helped bring national attention to how the nation’s highways and bridges are not safe because of underfunding.

As editor of Total Wealth Insider, Jeff Yastine keeps on top of the financial news and business issues of the day. He serves his readers by telling them about value stocks that are being discounted by the market. He uses the inside connections he formed during his time as a journalist and the comprehensive understanding of business strategy and its effect on the markets he acquired from constantly reporting the top events in the business world. He has interviewed such top business and investment leaders as Michael Dell, Warren Buffett and Sir Richard Branson.

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