Personal Development, Finance, and Investing For Filipinos
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Financial Education is your best investment.
So, you are investing in the stock market, and you want to expand your knowledge on investing, especially in choosing an IPO or Initial Public Offering.
First of all, what exactly is an IPO or Initial Public Offering? An initial public offering or IPO refers to the method of offering shares of a private corporation to the general public during a new stock issuance. Public share issuance allows a corporation to boost capital from public investors.
As more companies go public, buying IPO stocks is becoming more appealing. What do retail investors gain when they invest in IPOs? Here are some tips and benefits of investing in Initial Public Offerings or IPOs.
Benefits of Investing in IPOs
When you subscribe to an IPO, you have the opportunity to increase your investments as the company grows. You can maximize your profits since historically, IPO shares are traded higher than their offer price during their listing.
Level Playing Field
All potential investors, big and small, have access to the same information—the company's prospectus. There is more price transparency in the beginning compared to after the offer period where prices depend on changing market rates.
If you believe in the company after your research, IPOs are fit for long-term investments especially if they come from a business expected to grow over time.
Tips for Investing in IPOs
Do Your Research
Private companies who have yet to go public do not have analysts covering them yet. Companies disclose all relevant information in their prospectus, but different sources can provide different perspectives as well.
Read the Prospectus
Understand what the company will use the investment for, especially the risks and opportunities. Read carefully what the projected earnings outlook will be, if your personal research is in line with the company's promises.
Pick a Company with a Strong Underwriter
Look if the investment house underwriting the IPO has a good track record. In general, a good quality brokerage can give you the confidence in investing in an IPO.
Decide if you want to Invest Pre or Post IPO
If you're unsure about an IPO, you can wait until the stock is offered in the secondary market. You can also wait until the lock-up period expires if investors are still holding on to their shares; it may be an indication that the company has a good future.
So, those are some of the tips and benefits of investing in Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. Remember, you will still decide on your investment. Happy investing and good luck!
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