initial public offering
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Initial public offering (IPO)
Initial Public Offering
initial public offering (IPO)
Initial public offering (IPO).
When a company reaches a certain stage in its growth, it may decide to issue stock, or go public, with an initial public offering (IPO). The goal may be to raise capital, to provide liquidity for the existing shareholders, or a number of other reasons.
Any company planning an IPO must register its offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In most cases, the company works with an investment bank, which underwrites the offering. That means marketing the shares being offered to the public at a set price with the expectation of making a profit.