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Week in Review: IPO Rally, Volcker, and Pensions

There has been a lot of talk recently around IPOs — and it all seems warranted. According to a recent WSJ article, “October was the busiest month for U.S.-listed IPOs since 2007, with 33 companies raising more than $12 billion.” The activity was continued this week with Twitter’s $1.82 billion IPO, the second largest tech IPO since Facebook in May 2012. There are already rumors of Square exploring an IPO for 2014.

As it turns out, private equity may have contributed meaningfully to the rally by seizing the opportunity to exit on many pre-2008 investments. Many fear that the surge will be short-lived, given the liquidity boost from the Fed.

In other news, Brentwood Associates acquired Allen Edmonds, Barracuda Networks went public, and banks need to start preparing for the Volcker deadline.

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