Initial public offering (IPO)

Initial public offering (IPO)

Going public, IPO, public offering, listing, flotation - how many ways can we talk about the same thing?

It sounds more complicated than it is. An Initial Public Offering is just that – the first time a private company’s shares are offered to you and me – ‘the public’ or ‘retail investors’.

An IPO can raise money for a company, broaden its shareholder base, and provide liquidity and publicity.

It also comes with costs and obligations, including adopting corporate governance codes and producing financial statements.

A sale of shares to institutional or large investors is referred to as “private placement”.

 
 
Individual savings account (Isa)

Individual savings account (Isa)

Total expense ratio (TER)

Total expense ratio (TER)