CEO Business Outlook Survey for the rest of 2014 doc

As a Merger & Acquisitions Advisor to middle market business owners this year has been one of our hottest since 2007 in sheer numbers of owners looking to sell or raise money. I’ve written and spoken about why that is the case, but what are CEOs themselves saying about it? And why are so many middle market business owners still coming to market now?

The answers are this quick and concise study of CEO thinking conducted by Cohn Reznick to ask CEOs what they see and expect heading into the Fall and the rest of 2014…

See if you agree: Cohn Reznick CEO – Business Outlook Study – 2H 2014


It takes years to build trust and become your M&A Advisor… I hope this and other articles I can share with you bring us another step closer to that goal. Call anytime.


Rick Andrade

Why Bank Lending is Up

According to the FDIC banks are adding more loans to their portfolios this year through the 2nd quarter. The 2.3% jump is the largest since the Great Recession started back in 2007.

The reason for the uptick is not just the obvious higher loan demand, lower loan loss reserves and a loosening of lending terms amidst historically low interest rates. More lending makes sense. It follows a long and growing list of US economic indicators in the last 6 months with telling signs of a better future including higher GDP forecasts, tighter employment rates, low inflation, and the increasing confidence displayed by CEOs and consumers to spend in the first half of 2014.

The biggest benefactor of more lending is likely to be small business owners whose time has finally come. So dust off your banker’s business card and give them a call. You may like what you hear.

Rick Andrade – Investment Banking

Read the article in the Wall Street Journal: