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IPO Basics: What is an IPO (Initial Public Offering) Definition

Do your research before investing in IPO stocks to avoid getting in at the wrong time.

IPO (Initial Public Offering)

  • The first time the stock is released to the public and is available for purchase

The Problem With IPOs

  • The stock market is based on future expected growth
  • IPOs need time to set up
  • Preferred shareholders typically sell their shares as soon as the IPO comes out, which causes the stock to go down
  • Sometimes preferred shareholders are required to hold their shares for 60-90 days, the stock can decrease at this time instead of dropping  initially.
  • As time go on, more shareholders can sell their stock. You need to read the find print to find out when this happens.
  • Let the charts set up, give them time and do not hurry
  • Don’t jump into things too quickly, IPOs should be avoided initially
  • Understand why you are buying the stock. Don’t just purchase it because it’s a company you use (e.g. Zynga or Groupon)
  • A better time to get in is after the stock has decreased over a period of time and begins to go back up. You don’t need to get in right away.

Example

  • Facebook (FB)
  • Everyone expected FB to go way up, but it went very low because preferred shareholders sold their shares right away

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