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The New York Times is hailing a new era of aggressive merger and acquisition activity spurred by record low bond rates. The defining characteristic of the major deals so far, however, has been defensiveness – an attempt to adjust to unfavourable investing conditions. A flurry of big deals has historically been an optimistic sign for investors but this time, it appears to be cause for concern.

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