IPO activity increased significantly in 2017 compared with 2016, both in the size of deals coming to market and the number of issuers going public. This change is not entirely surprising because key market indices hit record highs, the U.S. economy is in its ninth consecutive year of expansion, market volatility hovers near all-time lows and the regulatory environment is positive.

To fully understand the capital markets landscape, it’s necessary to look at the broad scope of forces at work.

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