Going public*

2015 07 01 | Category: Offshore Glossary

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Going public*
When a private company first offers shares to the public market and investors. Also called Initial public offering (IPO). 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 considerable risks for the possibility of large gains. IPOs by investment companies (closed-end funds) usually include underwriting fees that represent a load to buyers. Opposite of going private.


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