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Finance Glossary

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Public Offering

Definition:

The sale of stocks or other securities to the public.

There are a few different types. There's the initial public offering, where a company hasn't sold stocks before and is going public for the first time (oooh, the excitement). Secondary public offerings happen when a company wants to raise more money but has already sold stocks once. They're now selling more.