Practical analysis for investment professionals

Initial Public Offering (IPO)


Is Privatization in the Future of GCC Countries?

Privatization appears to be slowly rearing its head in the Middle East again, mostly in the economic plans of the GCC countries and in Egypt. To be clear, this is not because attitudes have changed. Divestment from state-owned enterprises is seen as a last resort in the Gulf countries in light of the fiscal tightening.

Weekend Reads for Investors: The S&P 500 and IPOs Sputter, Private Markets Pick Up the Slack

The market for IPOs, traditionally a useful barometer of the collective appetite of investors, suggests a slowdown is at hand in the United States.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Disruption, Damodaran, and Dalio

Growing tensions in Iraq may have temporarily dampened the mood of equity investors over the past week, but as we approach the year’s midpoint, most major stock markets remain near record highs.

Do Investors Recognise the Conflicts and Incentives in IPOs?

The process for initial public offerings (IPOs) is one of the most opaque areas of the market and is ripe for reform.

Financial Advisers: How to Counsel Clients in a Hot IPO Market

This year is on track to be a banner year for IPOs. It's important that financial advisers remind clients about the data on the long-term underperformance of IPOs, and if they still insist on buying shares, that they do so from a pool of money that has been specifically set aside for this purpose.

The Facebook IPO: Ethical Violations or Not?

More than a year has passed since the initial public offering of Facebook. The hype that preceded the US$105 billion IPO was matched only by the media frenzy that followed the stock’s botched trading debut and immediate price decline. Headlines alleged conspiracy, insider trading, and selective disclosure. We're asking readers to participate in an online survey and tell us whether they think there were ethical violations.

Poll: What’s Behind the IPO Surge?

It’s been hard not to notice the recent surge in initial public offerings in the United States. According to Renaissance Capital, the market for new issues in 2013 is on pace to be the busiest year since 2000, which marked the end of the dot-com IPO frenzy.

IPOs, Regulation, and Exchange Liquidity: Views from Vienna (Video)

In this short video interview, Michael Buhl, shares the perspective of the Vienna Stock Exchange on issues concerning initial public offerings, regulatory developments, dark pools, and high-frequency trading.

The Decline in Stock Listings Is Worse than You Think

The decline in stock listings in the United States has been well documented for some time now, but commentators seem to be missing a larger and potentially more alarming story: Equity listings worldwide, not just in the United States, have dropped precipitously.

Book Review: High-Profit IPO Strategies

A concise introduction to IPOs for the uninitiated, this book is also an excellent resource for finance professors wishing to supplement investment textbooks that touch only briefly on the IPO process, professionals at the outset of their careers who contemplate moving into IPO investing, and owners of new businesses.



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