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This week:

Topic of the week: SPAC, blank-check bets and financial mania


  • Excess liquidity always fosters financial innovation, that may turn out to be destabilizing;
  • SPAC are blank-check investment vehicles set up to finance acquisitions of promising companies and list them rapidly in stock markets;
  • SPAC are now drawing attention from regulators due to embedded risks stemming from information asymmetry between SPAC sponsors and investors;
  • Recent SPAC price action may signal that investors have become more cognizant of risks of shareholder value destruction.


 Market review: Spring break

  • Equities off to strong start in 2Q
  • Supply chain pressures and geopolitical risks weigh on the outlook
  • Stable bond yields, some pressure on Italian spreads
  • High yield outperformance continues

USA: quarterly equity funds inflows (Bn $)

The volume of purchases in the United States on equity funds has largely beaten their record: 313 billion dollars in the first quarter of this year while the previous all-time high was «only» 142 billion.
A significant part of household savings has therefore been invested. This may be a signal that this savings will not be spent as much as some hope. It is also a signal of market overheating that echoes our theme of the week on SPACs.

Figure of the week

Sharp increase in US GDP growth expected by the IMF at 6.4% in 2021. That is +1.3 point higher than the Jan forecast. And +3.3 pp higher than the Oct one.
The Biden stimulus convinced the IMF.

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  • Stéphane Déo

    Stéphane Déo

    Head of markets strategy

  • Axel Botte

    Axel Botte

    Global strategist

  • Aline Goupil-Raguénès

    Aline Goupil-Raguénès

    Developed countries strategist

  • Zouhoure Bousbih

    Zouhoure Bousbih

    Emerging countries strategist

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