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Beginner's Guide to IPO Investing

Although investing in IPOs (initial public offerings) is not for the faint of heart or the shallow of wallet, learning about the ups and downs of these fledgling and not-so-fledgling companies can be an eye-opener for anyone. We've assembled several links to information that will help potential investors understand the terminology and risks associated with IPO investing.

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IPO Overview and Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions: This is a compilation of some basic questions posed to us by our visitors. Go read it.
  • The ABCs of IPOs: This is a special four-part series that aims to debunk the myths around IPOs by examining how they work. (from CBS MarketWatch).
    Part One: Speak the language.
    Part Two: Know the process.
    Part Three: A look at the prospectus.
    Part Four: Play the game.

  • Underwriters Directory: A list of the major underwriters that had participated in an IPO.
  • Meet the S-1: An introduction to the content and format of an S-1 SEC filing.
  • Slides from G. WIlliam Schwert's Finance 423 session on Initial Public Offering: (William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester).

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    Definitions of Investment Terms and SEC Forms

  • New York Stock Exchange Glossary of Financial Terms.
  • Glossary of Financial Terms: From the PAWWS site.
  • Types of SEC Filings: This list is compiled by EDGAR Online, and describes the purpose of each filing form.


      Top 5 IPO FAQs

    1. Do you have a list of IPOs or companies, broken down by industry sectors, underwriters, or geographical locations?

    2. Is there a newsgroup mailing list that can keep me updated on IPO activity?

    3. How can I find out if a specific company is expected to price this week?

    4. There is company information on Hoover's IPO Central that needs to be updated. Who do I contact?

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