Trade tariffs and the direction of the economy, coupled with concerns about the 2020 U.S. presidential election, weighed down expectations for mergers and acquisitions next year.

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Even if the U.S. Senate were to pass a bill to make it easier for banks and credit unions to serve the emerging cannabis industry, questions remain over just how many financial institutions will act quickly on the opportunity.

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Professionals expect a vibrant M&A market and strong deal flow this year amid easing U.S. economic growth and rising interest rates.

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An already strong M&A market could get even more competitive in 2019, driven by a good U.S. economy and plenty of available capital.

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