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Initial public offering (IPO)

Definition: [crh] A company's first sale of stock to the public. Securities offered in an IPO are often, bDefinition: ut not always, those of young, small companies seeking outside equity capital and a public market for their stock. Investors purchasing stock inDefinition: IPOs generally must be prepared to accept considerable risks for the possibility of large gains. IPOs by investment companies (Definition: F="/?rd=closed-end+funds">closed-end funds) usually include underwriting fees that represent a load to buyers.

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