Summary of Investing in IPOs

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Investing in IPOs book summary


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Investing in IPOs describes the process behind taking a private company public in the United States. The book lists the players in an initial public offering and describes the documents that must be filed with securities regulators. It also offers suggestions about what characteristics lead to successful IPOs, such as a history of profits, a strong management team and a lack of strong competition. Also noteworthy are the advance warning signs which point to losers. These signs include pending lawsuits, low-price stock and recently changed business plans. getAbstract recommends this book with its exhaustive and useful look at the IPO process to investors and to companies pondering an IPO. This clearly written book includes specific examples that use real-world companies to illustrate points.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why private companies invest in IPOs;
  • How the IPO process works; and
  • What the pros and cons of an IPO are.

About the Author

Tom Taulli is an IPO expert who writes about the stock market for Barron’s, Registered Representative and other publications. He is the founder of WebIPO, an online investment bank and has a Web site at



Pros and cons
Private companies conduct initial public offerings, or IPOs, for a variety of reasons. For one, a publicly traded company gains cachet that goes along with a ticker symbol, analyst coverage and press attention. There’s also the chance for founders to get rich, as the 24-year...

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