Initial Public Offering (IPO) Definition

Learn the definition of initial public offering (IPO) and other ETF terminology from the glossary.

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An initial public offering (IPO) is the process by which a private company offers shares of its stock to the public for the first time. This process involves various steps, including filing a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting an IPO price, and marketing the shares to potential investors. ETFs can invest in IPOs in a few different ways. One way is to purchase shares of the IPO directly through a brokerage firm. Another way is to invest in an ETF that tracks IPOs. These ETFs typically invest in a basket of newly public companies, offering investors a diversified exposure to this asset class. ETFs do not have IPOs in the same way that individual stocks do. ETFs are created through a process known as the creation and redemption mechanism, and they are not issued in an initial public offering like traditional stocks.

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ETF Glossary is’s collection of key terms and definitions related to exchange-traded funds. ETFs are investment funds that are traded on stock exchanges, and they can encompass a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, commodities and more. Given the diverse range of ETFs and the complexity of financial markets, having a clear understanding of ETF-related terminology is instrumental for investors looking to make informed decisions, manage risks effectively and navigate the evolving landscape of ETF investments.