Over the next 12 months, dealmakers expect M&A to grow in the overall market and in the financial, insurance, and real estate (FIRE) services sector, according to the Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). (See related graphic.)

In the short term, more growth is predicted for the overall market than for FIRE, as indicated by the 3-month composite score of 70.8 for overall, compared with 66.0 for FIRE. In the intermediate term, however, FIRE is expected to grow more than overall, as suggested by the 12-month composite score of 74.7 for FIRE, compared with the 12-month composite score of 71.8 for overall.

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