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 Blank Check Companies 

SPACs dominated much of my news feed and emails in the past month -- other than GameStop. If you need to introduce SPACs to your students, CB Insights has an explainer report on what is a SPAC. Bloomberg has a recent write-up (via Business Source Complete) which cites a 2021 SSRN paper by Stanford/NYU.

 Updates on Subscribed Resources 

The big announcement: Thomson ONE Banker is sunsetting this year. In its place, we have Refinitiv’s Workspace for Students. It offers the same global market data, historical and current company financials and filings, earnings estimates, M&A activity, equity, bond, loan deals as Thomson ONE Banker, and more. Register for an individual account with your UConn email address. After registration, you can access the resource via the web at The registration also contains instructions showing how to download & install the desktop application. This includes the Workspace add-in for Excel. Support and training information for Workspace is available, with live and on-demand training videos. (Note: Refinitiv is now part of LSEG/London Stock Exchange Group!)

S&P Global Market Intelligence: two noteworthy features in the February 2021 release.

  • You can now view performance trends of private versus public market investments over time on the new Private Capital Index Returns page. 

    Example of a chart from S&P Global Private Capital Index Returns

    The quarterly Private Capital index data set is sourced from Preqin, which captures the return on the amount of money called in private capital partnerships. Both private and public market indices are indexed to 100% as of December 31, 2007 to allow for a like-for-like comparison across public exchanges and private market strategies. How? Click on Markets & Deals located on the top navigation bar and select Private Capital Index Returns.
  • You can now include Rate Specials within the US Depository Rates pages, including Deposit Ranking Report, Loan Ranking Report, Market Rate Averages, and Money Rates. How? Search and select a U.S. depository and look under “U.S. Depository Rates” in the sidebar menu.

 On the WWW 

If you run a search on “how many family businesses are there in the US,” data from the 2003 paper by Astrachan & Shanker is likely to appear on almost every family business center website. The figures are more than 15 years old. Family Enterprise USA provided funding for this long-overdue research and the recent 2021 update by Pieper, Kellermanns, & Astrachan is now available. The latest figures? Family businesses in their broadest definition, contribute $7.7 trillion to the private-sector GDP (54%) and are responsible for 83.3 million jobs for the private-sector workforce (59%).

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis organized a virtual symposium on Women in Economics last month. Share this 40-minute video discussion on “Working in Banking, Finance, and Forecasting” with your students! The symposium featured Rebecca Glasgow, U.S. Bancorp, Kathleen Navin (IHS Markit), & Edward Jones Kate Warne (retired). 

Fintech -- the term -- gets used so often. MIT Sloan has an excellent article explaining what it means exactly, and how it has evolved over time. Fintech, explained.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released Connecticut's 2020 Census Geographic support products, including shapefiles. Download the complete set of shapefiles by state

Calling early-career academics (defined as first three years of a tenure track appointment) who are interested in developing their skills in case teaching, research, and writing: apply for the Paul R. Lawrence Fellowship. Administered by The Case Research Foundation (CRF) affiliated with the North American Case Research Association (NACRA). Deadline for applying is April 5, 2021. Access the 2021 application materials

 Data Sources As Seen Elsewhere 

SPAC special: Jay Ritter has been tracking the no. of SPACs per year since 1980. You can now obtain your own list using Workspace for Students

  • To screen for SPAC IPOs: Open Screener app. Under Universe, pick Deals. Include Asset Class: pick Equity. For Quick Filters, next to Issue Type, click on Add, and pick IPO. Again, Add Filter and search for “Blank Check (SPAC) Involvement Y/N:” The condition should read “Do not Keep N/A”, “==”, & “true”.
  • To identify SPAC PIPE transactions: Open Screener app. Under Universe, pick Deals. Include Asset Class: pick Equity. Add Filter and search for “Blank Check (SPAC) Involvement Y/N:” The condition should read “Do not Keep N/A”, “==”, & “true”. Lastly, Add Filter again and search for “Private Investment in Public Equities”.
  • For a list of M&A activity involving SPACs: Open Screener app. Under Universe, pick Deals. Include Asset Class: pick M&A. Add Filter and search for “Blank Check Company Flag”. 
  • For a list of SPAC acquisitions & mergers: Open Screener app. Under Universe, pick Deals. Include Asset Class: pick M&A. Add Filter and search for “Blank Check Company Flag”. H/T to Alice Kalinowski, Public Services Manager at the Stanford GSB Library for the steps involved!

BEEPS (or Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey) is a firm-level survey based on face-to-face interviews with managers. Conducted by European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in partnership with the World Bank, it examines the quality of the business environment. Data in Stata, Excel, and CSV formats from the five rounds (1999, 2002, 2005, 2009, and 2012-14) of the survey are available for download. Firm-level data available after registration. Mentioned in Qi & Nguyen (2021), Government connections and credit access around the world: Evidence from discouraged borrowers, Journal of International Business Studies.

The sample used in this study comes from the AUB Observatory on Family Firms at Bocconi University. It is a unique data source on 17,000 Italian family firms with turnover higher than 20 million euros. The reports of the 7th to 10th edition are publicly available, alongside a focus on the fashion industry. Mentioned in Amore, Bennedsen, Breton-Miller, & Miller (2021), Back to the Future: The Effect of Returning Family Successions on Firm Performance, Strategic Management Journal.

Bonus: are you looking to access S&P Global Market Intelligence climate and financial datasets (i.e. Trucost) for your research to which we have no subscription? Participate in the S&P Global Academic ESG Research Award, organized by Pageant Media Limited and S&P Global Market Intelligence Inc. Simply submit your essay hypothesis (500 words). Winners will have access to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s climate and financial datasets to help expand their research hypothesis into a research article, which will be published in the Journal of Impact & ESG Investing. See details.


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