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Companies are turning to M&A as quantitative easing tapers off and earnings decline

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Following the market crash of 2008-2009, the first round of US quantitative easing helped spur substantial corporate earnings growth (growth rates depicted above are capped at +100% and -100% due to extreme values). Easing efforts have tapered off, and so have massive growth rates. In Q1 of 2015, rates dropped to -2.72%, down from a high of 905% in Q1 of 2010.

Combined with a strengthening dollar and a tumultuous economic climate in Europe and Asia, declining earnings growth has made it difficult for large companies to grow. To meet growth goals, many companies are turning to M&A deals, often on a massive scale, as a way to secure their bottom lines and increase market share. While the magnitude of these deals is striking and is on track to match pre-recession levels, the real challenge that awaits these companies comes after contracts are signed and the integration process begins.

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