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How IPOs Work

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Sometimes, the business report on the nightly news can sound like it's being given in a foreign language. Ask someone on the street if they've checked the EDGAR data for the Google IPO, and you'll likely get a blank stare.

IPOs are a very important aspect of the U.S. (and world) economy, and they've been around since the late 18th century. In fact, every company with stocks

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In this article, we'll find out what an IPO is, why companies have them, and how people and companies make money with them.

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