March 8, 2021— Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for decades but gained wide recognition in 2020 as an increasingly popular, alternative method of going public following a surge in initial public offering (IPO) and merger activity. In 2020, 248 new SPACs came to market, encompassing 53% of all IPOs for the year, and raised a cumulative $83 billion—more than five times 2019’s volume (Figure 1).
In the March issue of our monthly flagship publication, we feature:On the Record by Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth, where he discusses how despite the impaired labor market, the spike in interest rates, consumers’ record savings levels, we are marching toward an economic inflection point of historic scale. He also details a potential buying opportunity over the short term and explains our rationale for our portfolio changes.
February 17, 2021—Bitcoin bulls gained another dose of credibility with the recent announcement that Tesla had bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin and would start accepting payments for its products in bitcoin.1 Just a few days later, BNY Mellon announced it would hold, transfer, and issue cryptocurrencies on behalf of asset management clients.