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A Glaring Display of the Financial Crowd's "Madness"

"Nearly one-in-four U.S. IPOs have no known objective."

by Bob Stokes
Updated: September 10, 2019

The reference to "madness" comes from Charles Mackay's 1852 book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

It describes the activities related to the South Sea Bubble in which many British investors participated from 1711 to 1720. The landmark book also details the Mississippi scheme of 1719-1720 in France and the Dutch tulip mania of the early 1600s.

Mackay concluded:

"Men... go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one."

The March Elliott Wave Theorist mentioned the book and noted:

Someday a book will be written about the financial madness of our generation, whose ravenous pursuits of markets have shifted focus from stocks to real estate to commodities to precious metals to cryptocurrencies.

With that in mind, the August Global Market Perspective showed this chart and said:


A Special Purpose Acquisition Company is a blind pool or "blank check" offering in which investors hand over their money without knowing what it will be used for.... Such offerings recall the South Sea Bubble of 1720, [about which] Charles Mackay said that promoters issued shares in a "company for carrying out an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody is to know what it is."... In just the first seven months of 2019, close to $14 billion has been raised, a one-year record.

Furthermore, that same issue of the Global Market Perspective showed this chart and added:


This chart shows that SPACs account for over 23% of all 2019 IPOs. So, nearly one-in-four U.S. IPOs have no known objective. It's a stunning display of confidence.

The question is: how is today's financial confidence reflected in the Elliott wave chart patterns of major U.S. and other global financial markets?

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