Investing in Ipos: New Paths to Profit With Initial Offerings

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Imagine having access to an investment that can double or triple in the time it takes most stocks to gain or lose only a few points. That's exactly what some IPOs have achieved in the past few years. IPOs provide exciting and potentially lucrative investment opportunities by anyone's standards - but they are not a wise option for the ill-informed. Just as the right IPO can deliver once-in-a-lifetime returns, so can a high-risk offering self-destruct with little warning. This book, the first of its kind, shows investors how to take full advantage of the most promising IPOs.

Now is the perfect time to get in on the hot IPOs that were once reserved just for institutions and their brokers. " Investing in IPOs" by Tom Taulli describes in clear detail, with dozens of real-company examples, which sectors have performed the best over the long term, how to avoid substandard IPOs, how to find the right research materials, and how to spot future offerings that can return the most for individual investors.

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Sooner or later, every investment product or strategy has its day in the sun, and these days, the investment vehicle that's getting the most attention is initial public offerings (IPOs). With prices of many new offerings more than doubling on the first day, it's no wonder small investors are trying to muscle in on the action. Tom Taulli's book Investing in IPOs is an excellent, easy-to-read guide that introduces most facets of the IPO business. An expert on the subject, Taulli writes online columns for several financial Web sites and appears regularly on CNN and CNBC. He describes many strategies for investing in IPOs, includes an examination of the mutual funds that buy them, and offers tips on how to avoid getting burned by fad offerings and shady brokers. He discusses management, balance sheets, business models, venture capitalists, and underwriters, and there's an excellent section on how to read a prospectus. As Taulli explains, "The best source of information on any IPO is its prospectus ... knowing what the risks are is important; realizing what they might mean to your investments is vital."

The Internet has changed the way IPO information and shares are distributed, making it easier for small investors to participate, and the book includes the best sources, on- and offline, for IPO intelligence and market research. As Taulli explains, IPOs are one of the best places in the financial markets to find huge gainers, but investing in IPOs is a game best played by those who understand the risks. If you're determined to get into the IPO marketplace (and can get stock), then this book is a great place start. --Scott Harrison

About the Author:

Tom Taulli has his own firm, Taulli Research, which provides research services to the financial industry. The author or coauthor of several books, including "Tapping into Wireless," "Investing in IPOs,"" "and "Stock Options," Taulli is a regular contributor to MSN Investor, "Bloomberg Personal Finance," Forbes.com, and other national publications. An accomplished angel investor, his comments and insights have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," "Barron's," "USA Today," and TheStreet.com.

Harmon is Vice President, Business Development, Senior Investment Analyst, Mecklermedia, The Internet Media Company.

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