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The IPO Survival Guide

Lessons for investors from an in-depth analysis of 258 IPOs

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There are few events in the stock market that are quite as highly anticipated as Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). The excitement of a new listing, the rush of trading activity that follows, and the hype and the headlines from the financial press all serve to draw retail investors in. But what are retail investors really being sold?

Once the dust has settled are you left holding the next big stock market winner, or shares in a company you barely know, that have been sold to you by those with a vast informational edge?

In The IPO Survival Guide, the team at Stockopedia answers the question of how to approach IPOs. This guide summarises an extensive research project we conducted, comprising 258 IPOs over a five year period from January 2016 to May 2021. From that, we’ve been able to uncover unique insights into the world of IPOs that you can implement straight away to make better and more informed investment decisions. 

We've compiled the answers to several key questions, including:

  • How do IPOs perform over the short and long term?

  • Do IPOs in certain sectors outperform?

  • Is there a way to identify IPOs with a better chance of success? 

  • Are there any IPOs you should always avoid?

  • Exclusive additional insights from interactive investor: How do individual investors approach IPOs? 

Created by

Financial Analyst
Keelan Cooper
Financial Analyst

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