Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
We are pleased to offer eligible brokerage customers the possibility of participating in Initial Public Offerings and other public equity offerings through Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC. We have established relationships with Credit Suisse, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and multiple other underwriters to offer access to both new issue equity and fixed income offerings.
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Fidelity Brokerage Services provides access to a broad range of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) for eligible brokerage customers. We are able to provide this service thanks to our relationships with investment banks that underwrite IPOs and allocate some shares to Fidelity Brokerage Services.
The lead underwriters allocate the vast majority of IPO shares to institutions like pension funds and mutual funds. Only a small percentage of any IPO is allocated to retail investors. Fidelity acquires shares through investment banks participating in the offering and makes these shares available to eligible customers who attempt to participate in the offering.
At Fidelity, we strive to allocate all IPO shares as fairly as possible. But particularly in popular IPOs we can't always meet customer demand.
Eligibility for participation in new issue equity offerings through Fidelity is defined as follows:
Asset and trade thresholds will be determined weekly by aggregating all assets and trades in retail accounts which list the same name and Social Security number and are maintained by Fidelity Investments Institutional Operations Company, Inc. or Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC (excluding assets or trades maintained on behalf of any divisions of Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, such as 401(k) or 403(b) plan assets). Other assets may be included in the calculation at our discretion. In addition, an account in which an indication of interest is entered must have at least $2,000 in cash or fully paid securities.
The new issue marketplace
Learn more about investing in the primary markets through the traditional process.
Learn more about the terms and definitions used during the process of bringing a new issue public.
Understanding the risks
There are risks associated with investing in a public offering, and as such, they may not be appropriate for every investor. As with all of your investments through Fidelity, you must make your own determination of whether an investment in this offering is consistent with your investment objectives and risk tolerance.
Fidelity is not recommending or endorsing this offering by making available to its customers the opportunity to participate.
To get started you must meet Fidelity's IPO eligibility requirements and have a Fidelity account. If you do not have an account, open an account to get started.
Fidelity's practice regarding customers' investment decisions has never changed: We do not, and will not, offer investment advice or evaluate the merits of any individual IPO or any security trading on the secondary market. Our philosophy is to allow customers to make their own investment decisions based on their individual investment objectives, risk tolerance, financial situation, and their evaluation of the merits of the security.
For more information on new issue equity securities available through Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC, please call a New Issue Equity Specialist at 800-544-5631.