What is an IPO?

An IPO is an initial offering, made to the public, to purchase shares in what has historically been a privately owned company. If an Initial Public Offering (IPO) is successfully completed, the shares that have been issued by the company will become publicly tradable on the listing exchange. The stock issued by the company give the bearer partial ownership in the company. An IPO is one of numerous mechanisms available to private companies to raise capital.

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