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Industry Outlook

The investment bank narrative for the last few years paints the picture of an industry on the mend, gradually regaining strength even if the employment numbers don’t show it. Worldwide merger and acquisition deal values reached $3.5 trillion during full year 2014, according to Thomson Reuters, a 47 percent increase from 2013 levels and the strongest annual period for worldwide deal making since 2007 (at the height of the financial crisis). Corporate earnings have been fairly robust in recent years, and U.S. companies are still sitting on a mountain of cash, which could be readily deployed in the next round of acquisitions. Robert Half Accounting and Finance reports that the “improved environment and renewed mergers and acquisitions activity have kept hiring steady within investment banking—and not just on Wall Street.” The IPO market is also showing renewed strength (especially in healthcare, technology, energy, and the financial sectors), gaining momentum since 2011.

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