SPACs Are Lining Up as the Next WTF Chart of the Year , by Wolf Richter

With SPACS (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) you invest first and find out what you’re investing in later. If this seems strange and perverse, it is because it is, a phenomenon one only sees at the tippy-top of long running bull markets. From Wolf Richter at wolfstreet.com:

Who’s going to be the sucker? Even the SEC, which has been asleep through all this, warns retail investors. But in the current mega-bubble craze, no one gives a hoot about anything anymore.

SPACs – Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or more descriptively, “blank check companies” that have no operations – have accomplished a huge feat that fits seamlessly into the current mega-bubble craze.

So far this year, as of today, 260 SPACs went public and raised $84 billion with their IPOs, according to data provided by SPACInsider. This is a big moment because it exceeded the total amount raised during the entire year 2020 of $83 billion, which itself had been six times as large as the prior full-year record in 2019. At this pace, SPACs are forming the next WTF chart of the year:

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