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Our Outlook for the Financial-Services Sector

Melting and minting.

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Much of the second-quarter action in the financial-services world centers around ready money, cheap debt, and private equity. Public companies, particularly those that are undervalued, underleveraged, or both, have been targets for private buyers. Typically, we'll see a healthy stream of IPOs as well to balance out the privatizations. But over the past quarter, the focus has been squarely on the takeouts. The most notable IPOs (and pending IPOs) in financial services have been, no surprise, in private equity.

Rachel Barnard has a position in the following securities mentioned above: BAC, WU. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.