Fear of Missing Out — better known as FOMO these days — is a strong human emotion, to begin with, and when money is involved, its already considerable influence becomes even more powerful. You can make a pretty strong case that nothing taps into this alchemy of money-fueled emotion quite like IPOs do. In the financial and mainstream media alike, it seems that we’re constantly regaled with stories of people “on the inside” who have amassed fortunes simply by “getting in on the ground floor” of an IPO opportunity that’s enjoyed a meteoric rise — think Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, and many others. This may have caused you to feel left out, wondering, “Why can’t this happen to me?”

In reality, IPOs are very far from the “can’t miss” wealth vehicles they’re often made out to be. For every winner the media can point to, there are also quite a number of IPOs that not only fall rapidly from their initial IPO valuations, but also never recover. In fact, plenty of them fail outright. Further, the idea that the general public can somehow buy into an IPO at its initial offering price is just a fable. Those who actually get a crack at the initial IPO offering are the most prominent clients – typically large financial institutions – of the investment banks entrusted with handling IPOs like Goldman Sachs. While the Average Joe on the other hand, only gets dibs once they’re actively trading, at which point hordes of investors are often feverishly trying to add them to their own portfolios.

Where FOMO is concerned, giving in to emotion is often a prescription for financial loss for investing outsiders. In most cases, the price per share of IPOs drops below their initial offering price within the first six months — often substantially. And yet it’s hard to get those IPO success stories out of our heads. We’d sure hate to regret our lack of action if the company in question becomes a successful household name without us being on board. Surely there must be a roadmap to IPO success, right?

If you’re wondering this very thing, we’ve got you covered. Listen in to the newest episode of A Place of Possibility™, as Richard and Angela offer you an honest, clear-eyed view of these captivating and largely misunderstood investments. They’ll clear up some of the misconceptions that surround IPOs and explain why they’re rarely — if ever — the financial panacea they’re often portrayed to be.

We’ll be talking about:

  • The motivations that lead a company to offer its stock to the public in the first place
  • Why our current economic conditions make the IPO route even more attractive for companies seeking additional capital
  • Who actually sets the initial share price of an IPO, and why a true (Dutch) auction — where actual buyers of the stock set the price — isn’t even considered an option anymore
  • The forces that conspire to make things difficult for independent investors seeking to mirror the IPO moves of well-connected financial institutions

And more!We look forward to giving you an honest, unbiased perspective on IPOs to help you become a more prudent and well-informed investor. We hope you’ll pass this episode along to your family, friends, and anyone else who you think might benefit from it.

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“So you think you’re getting an IPO, but the only people that get the IPO price are the ones that are the clients of the investment banking company. So that would be like, your big institutions or your pension comp, pension plans and things like that. Not Average Joe or Joette. We have to end up buying it after the IPO is done, and it starts trading on the stock exchange, and you typically don’t get a good price.”

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A Glance at this Episode:

0:00 Introduction

1:56 Let’s kick off the show by discussing what makes IPOs so alluring.

2:23 By contrast, these examples prove how difficult the IPO landscape is to navigate.

3:11 Before we dive in too deep, let’s hammer out some of the basics. If you’re not sure exactly what an IPO is? Tune in here.

3:32 Wondering why a company wouldn’t just borrow the capital it’s seeking? Here are some of the reasons.

6:06 Assuming a company wants to go public, they usually hook up with investment bankers to get the job done. These are some functions an investment banking firm will perform on behalf of an IPO-bound company.

7:38 Did you know that institutional investors and true financial insiders are the only people that get the first crack at an IPO? Which begs the question of when an individual investor or the Average Joe get into the mix. HINT: It’s a scenario that’s not nearly as appealing.

8:33 Fueled by FOMO, this is what an IPO often resembles on its first day of trading. It’s also why it rarely works out well for the individual investor.

9:56 This rule prevents company insiders from riding an IPO’s initial frenzy and then dumping it for a quick profit.

10:43 Wondering how IPOs are doing as compared to the stock indexes on the whole? Here are some sobering statistics.

11:26 IPOs are sexy and fun, but prudent investing is dull, and that’s where people need to be.

12:44 It may not seem flashy, but this is when to consider buying an IPO that becomes actively traded.

13:35 On to one of the top questions we get… If the public is excited about an IPO, I should invest, right? WRONG! This is one of the worst possible ways to gauge an IPO’s value. Here’s why…

16:26 Another big myth is that IPO investments will yield higher rewards than waiting to invest. Here’s why you should proceed with caution when considering investing in any new company.

17:46 This bygone era is fuel for nostalgia that can still prompt unwise investments. History is proving our point over and over again!

18:40 Even though IPOs do have audited financials, here’s why that’s not enough to ensure long-term stability.

20:33 Despite what you might have heard, individual investors don’t get the opportunity to invest in actual IPOs. This is the primary reason why.

22:39 Here’s Richard and Angela’s best piece of advice for any investor still wanting to buy an IPO after it has hit the market.

24:47 This investing perspective can help you avoid overpaying for a stock just because it’s in the public consciousness.

26:35 It may not seem to be an exciting approach, but this is the type of investor who usually makes money over the long haul.


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