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A Blank-Check ETF May Be Coming After the Surge in SPACs

  • SPAK would track SPAC-originated IPOs from prior 18 months
  • Concerns about liquidity, demand remain despite SPAC boom

Exchange-traded fund investors may soon be able to participate in Wall Street’s latest craze: initial public offerings with a twist.

The Defiance NextGen SPAC IPO ETF will primarily track shares of companies that listed on exchanges by merging with special purpose acquisition companies, rather than those that held a traditional IPO, according to a filing Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The ETF will be passively managed and trade under the ticker SPAK.