The M&A boom makes this a great time to be an entrepreneur if you have a solid business plan and an exit strategy, said David Zier, CEO of Convergent Wealth Advisors. Zier said corporations are sitting on tons of cash that eventually will not produce returns in stock buybacks, and they will turn to M&A. He expects businesses to get snapped up in the next five years, especially in the technology, biotech and energy sectors. Zier said business owners should start planning an exit strategy immediately, even if the exit is 10 years away. Finally, he said the first goal post-exit is to protect enough of your winnings so that you never have to work again.

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