The U.S. economy is certainly more stable but it has been a rough year for goods producers. My advice to members: Stay on top of the global picture. The markets are letting us know that events are moving quickly. And be prepared over the long haul for a more volatile business environment.
Synergies may justify valuations, but they pose serious challenges to realize. More than three-quarters of companies say they can’t reach return thresholds on M&A transactions without including synergies, but only a minuscule number find realizing these synergies straightforward.
In my presentation this month at the National Fluid Power Association’s Industry and Economic Outlook Conference, I provided an overview of industrial markets, the dollar, energy, and key indicators for manufacturing and the economy.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Foreign Trade, Government Policy
For the first time in 54 years, the United States and Cuba have diplomatic relations. The U.S. flag-raising ceremony in Havana was certainly a memorable moment for this troubled island nation of about 11.3 million people.