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How companies innovate in an economic downturn

Betty Liu, Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, explains:

What kind of unicorns could come out of this economic downturn?

So, that's an interesting question, because inevitably in any crisis, they're going to be new ideas to solve problems. Those new ideas will likely lead to new companies and those new companies will likely become unicorns, the next generation of unicorns. So, if you think about it, Uber was born during the last recession. If you go back a few more decades, Hewlett Packard was born during the Great Depression. General Motors was founded during a recession in 1908. There was one study that was very interesting, it found that back in 2009, more than half of the Fortune 500 companies were founded during a recession or a bear market.

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Retail investors playing key role in driving market volume

Betty Liu, Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, provides her perspective:

What's been the role of the retail investor over the past few months?

So, US equity market volumes have been pretty high, remarkably high since the end of February 2020, and much of that is being attributed to the rise in retail investment activity. In fact, on peak market days, retail investors can account for up to a quarter of all market activity.

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Why SPAC IPOs are getting so big and popular

Betty Liu, Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, explains:

Why have SPACs been so popular recently?

Well, that's because companies are embracing newer ways to tap the public markets outside of the traditional IPO. You've heard me talk about direct listings, for instance. And now SPACs are having a very big year, this year. In fact, nearly a third of all US IPO proceeds raised have been raised through SPACs in the first half of 2020.

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What to expect for second-quarter earnings season; H2 2020 outlook

Betty Liu, Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, provides her perspective:

What are analysts expecting, going to the second quarter earnings season?

So, this earnings season has just started this past week, you saw banks kick off their reports. And as you can well imagine, analyst estimates are pretty much all over the place. And part of that is because a good number of companies did not provide guidance. Now, according to some estimates, some analysts estimates, we could see an earnings season decline or earnings decline as much as 44% this time around. That would be one of the biggest declines since 2008, the prior crisis.

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Why more companies are going public now

Betty Liu, Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, provides her perspective:

Over the past few weeks, more companies have been going public. Why is that?

Well, as you might recall, back in March, when we first saw the pandemic erupt, the markets were extremely volatile. And in fact, we triggered the market wide circuit breakers a total of four times between March 9th to 18th. At that time, you had some companies tap the capital markets to raise funds for short term funding needs, but there weren't a lot of IPOs. Now the markets are a little bit more calm, so to speak, and that means that the IPO window is opening. You've seen companies like Albertson's, Dun & Bradstreet and Lemonade go public in just the last few weeks.

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