Take a position on a company before the Initial Public Offering (IPO)
Use our grey markets to take a position on a company's anticipated value
Take advantage of speculation on the price, and any potential volatility
Back your judgement if you feel a company’s anticipated value has been overestimated
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An initial public offering is the first time a company offers its stock for sale to the public. Following an IPO, the company ceases to be a private enterprise – it becomes publically listed and its shares are traded on a stock exchange.
We offer a market on a company's anticipated value during the build up to its IPO, so you can trade on a grey market before the shares are released.
When trading around an IPO it’s important to do your research and keep up-to-speed with breaking news. Remember IPO markets can be particularly volatile, so you should be careful to manage your exposure.
Watch Sara explain the basics of IPO trading in less than two minutes
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba held its IPO in September 2014, raising a massive $230 billion. This made it the largest technology listing in US history, exceeding the estimate of $168 billion and also previous record-breaking IPOs, such as Facebook in May 2012.
There was lots of speculation surrounding the IPO, and we provided a grey market for IG clients to take a position – our video from September 2014 explains the interest that surrounded Alibaba’s IPO, and an example of how to trade a grey market using our platform.
Why do companies hold IPOs?
Primarily, companies hold IPOs to generate capital. By floating a company on a stock market, the management allow investors to buy shares and are able to raise capital to put back into the company.
Appearing on a major exchange can also boost the company’s reputation – it shows the company is regulated, of a reasonable size, and that investors have faith in its future.
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