IPO

Initial Public Offering. The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs are often smaller, younger companies seeking capital to expand their business. Also known as going public

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Initial public offering (IPO)
IPO: Initial Public Offering (IPO) is a company's offering of newly issued shares from treasury to the general public. It is generally the first time that a company does so - making the transition from being a closed-door privately operated company to being a publicly traded, highly visible, entity. When doing an IPO, an underwriter, i.e. a stockbroker firm, handles the distribution of shares to the public. Effectively, the brokerage firm subscribes (underwrites) for the shares and then sells th ...

International Fiscal Police (INTERFIPOL)
The tax crime counterpart to INTERPOL.

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Goodwill impairment

An asset reported mainly as goodwill on the balance sheet may be worth much less than the value reported. In this case the good will is impaired and the company will likely have to take a write-down on this asset. This often happens when intellectual property such as software is acquired and a premium price is paid for it. Subsequently, if the software is not commercialized, the goodwill associate ...


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