Initial public offering

• Abbreviated IPO. Referred to as going public, the process of offering common shares of a privately owned company to the general public for the first time.

• Abbreviated IPO. The first sale of stock by a company to the public. IPOs are often smaller, newer companies seeking equity capital to expand their businesses.

• Abbreviated IPO. A company's first sale of stock to the public. Securities offered in an IPO are often, but not always, those of young, small companies seeking outside equity capital and a public market for their stock. Investors purchasing stock in IPOs generally must be prepared to accept very large risks for the possibility of large gains. IPO's by investment companies (closed-end funds) usually contain underwriting fees which represent a load to buyers.

• Is the initial offering to the public of a company s securities. After the initial offering, the securities are said to trade in the secondary market.

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Common shares
Equity capital
Equity cap
Going public
Secondary market
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