MARKETS: IPOs in vogue

After a shabby few years, initial public offerings are returning to favour as investors’ risk appetite improves.

Initial public offering (IPO) activity is back in fashion. The past two financial years have seen increasing amounts raised globally, helping push markets higher and providing a telling insight into investor sentiment.

Social media giant Twitter has announced its plans for an IPO. Private investors have valued it at more than $10 billion, which would make it the biggest IPO of the year and the biggest since Facebook’s $16 billion offering in 2012. 

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