What is an IPO?

POSTED: 08:49 AM PST Feb 02, 2012    UPDATED: 10:09 AM PDT Jul 23, 2015 

As Ferrari prepares for an IPO, find out more about an initial public stock offering and what it means for a company.

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How is the price band decided? Most companies are free to price their shares, but some must request permission. The prices are decided by the company's board of directors after consulting a bookrunner.


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