The year is a crucial one for the middle market, as many dealmakers predict 2014 will prove the best year for dealmaking since the recession. At Mergers & Acquisitions, we're keeping a close eye on the monthly ebbs and flows of transactions valued at $1 billion and less.

In August, dealmaking experienced a slight seasonal slowdown, as some M&A professionals took summer vacations. But despite the small dip in completed transactions in August, the first eight months of 2014 produced 1,492 middle-market deals valued at $194.9 billion, beating the same periods in 2012 and 2013, according to Thomson Reuters. (See related graphic.)

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