IPO hot-streak may be wiped out by fed shutdown | MassDevice.com On Call

October 3, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

The IPO market has been hot in recent months, but all that will stop if the SEC shuts down alongside other federal agencies.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The government shutdown threatens to crash what has been one of the hottest IPO markets in years should the lull last long enough to claim the Securities & Exchange Commission.

There were 26 venture-capital-backed IPOs in Q3 this year, the 1st time since 2004 that the number has been above 20 for 3 consecutive quarters. Some firms are planning stealthy offerings, but others have announced plans to launch IPOs in the next couple quarters.

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The SEC has a few weeks' worth of funding before it has to initiate an "emergency contingency plan," during which the agency could continue to monitor the market but would have to halt application reviews and IPO filings, according to the Boston Business Journal.

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