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Legitimate blind pools usually exist for reverse acquisition. In these cases, the general partner(s) choose not to reveal their purposes for fear of scaring away potential investors, especially if the reverse acquisition is high-risk. See also: Transparency.
If the general partner of a limited partnership does not say which investments the partnership will make, the investment is known as a blind pool.
In a blind pool equipment leasing partnership, for example, you don't know what type of equipment the partnership is planning to acquire for leasing, and in a blind pool real estate investment trust (REIT), you don't know which properties the partnership will purchase.
When you invest in a blind pool limited partnership, your evaluation of the partnership's prospects is based on the investment track record of the general partner. In contrast, in a specified pool limited partnership, you can assess the partnership's prospects on a more concrete analysis of the costs and projected revenues.
However, there is no evidence that the average performance of blind pools differs significantly from the performance of comparable specified pool partnerships.