Now that 2024 is underway and the economy is healthy, we can also look forward to some good news for the markets. Top banks and economists are forecasting that interest rates will be cut starting in late Q1 into Q2.
There is still some variation in just how much the top strategists are forecasting interest rates to be cut, and when. Of sixteen top financial institutions, the majority of them are forecasting rate cuts to begin in March or June. Some are even predicting that rates will be cut as many as 5 times in 2024.
Here is what the top strategists across the street think:
With regard to how many base points (BPS) rates will be cut, the forecasts range from as low as 50 BPS to as high as 275 BPS, with the average consensus being around 140 BPS. One basis point equals 1/100th of 1%, or 0.01%.
The good news regarding falling rates is supported by the economic optimism revealed by the 13th annual survey conducted by Citizens Bank regarding the M&A outlook for 2024. We are now seeing the highest levels of optimism in several years for deal-making activity, with solid expectations for the U.S. economy, along with rising enthusiasm among buyers.
This is great news if you are looking to sell your company, making this a better time than ever. Keep in mind that it can take several months to years to complete the sale of a company, so the sooner you get the process started, the better prepared you will be to capitalize on the best timing to go to market and get the best deal you can get.
Ready to Sell?
If you are considering selling your company, now is the time to act. Please reach out to our M&A experts at Benchmark International to discuss how we can help you achieve the best deal possible.
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