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ANALYSIS: IPOs Triumphed in 2021, But Trouble’s Brewing in 2022

Jan. 11, 2022, 10:00 AM

The market for initial public offerings climbed to new heights in 2021, raising more capital than ever before and even besting the deal count of 1996. SPAC IPOs and a soaring stock market were strong tailwinds that kept the market going even after special purpose acquisition companies came under increasing regulatory scrutiny beginning in March. But the market has already begun showing signs of slowing.

The winds of change began blowing harder in December, pushing more than half of 2021 IPOs into negative territory. Federal Reserve tightening to combat inflation, the omicron variant of Covid-19 sweeping the world, the increasing ...

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