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Investing in IPOs: Best Brokers That Offer IPO Access

To invest in a company's IPO, you'll need a brokerage account. The below brokers offer some form of IPO access to retail investors.

Arielle O'Shea
By Arielle O'Shea 
Edited by Chris Davis

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The initial public offering market cooled substantially in recent years, but lately it's been showing signs of a comeback: Sept. 2023 hosted two splashy IPOs, from British semiconductor company Arm and delivery service Instacart, and fashion company Shein filed for an IPO in Nov. 2023.

How do you invest in an IPO?

IPOs have historically been accessible only to select investors — generally, institutions, company insiders or investors who meet certain trade or investment requirements. But in recent years, brokerage firms have started bringing IPOs to their platforms, offering regular retail investors unprecedented access.

Prior to the offering, the company will set a price range and an IPO date. The brokers below offer some level of access to IPO shares before they're widely available to the general public — if you don’t already have a brokerage account, you will need to open one. Keep in mind that some brokers may have additional requirements, including a mandatory investor assessment, trade minimums or account minimums.

As far as the process: Generally speaking, you'll make a request for the number of shares you'd like to purchase. Most brokers warn that you may not be allocated the number of shares you request; in fact, in some high-demand scenarios, you may not be allocated any shares at all. It's wise to be realistic about the number of shares you'd like to purchase, and do your research beforehand to ensure the stock is a good long-term fit for your portfolio.

What if you miss out on investing in an IPO?

You can still purchase shares of the stock on the open market following the IPO. In fact, this is a common scenario — for most investors, investing in an IPO means buying the stock once it begins trading, not before. That means the price you pay will reflect the demand for the stock on the day you purchase it, and that price could differ — sometimes dramatically — from the offering price.

Once the stock is public, the mechanics of purchasing shares are pretty straightforward. Here’s a brief guide on how to buy stocks, including information on how to navigate your broker’s website and place an order. All of the brokers on this list are good choices for stock trading, in addition to the IPO access they provide.

Investing in IPOs: Best Brokers That Offer IPO Access

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Fidelity
Learn more

on Fidelity's website

Fees

$0

per trade for online U.S. stocks and ETFs

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

4.3

/5
SoFi Active Investing
Learn more

on SoFi Invest's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

Up to $1,000

in free stock for users who sign up via mobile app

NerdWallet rating 

4.3

/5
Robinhood
Learn more

on Robinhood's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

1 Free Stock

after linking your bank account (stock value range $5.00-$200)

NerdWallet rating 

4.7

/5
Webull
Learn more

on Webull's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

Get up to 75 free fractional shares (valued up to $3,000)

when you open and fund an account with Webull.

NerdWallet rating 

3.9

/5
TradeStation
Learn more

on TradeStation's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$500

Promotion

Qualify for up to $5,000

when you open and fund a new TradeStation account. Offer Code: NERDAFJO.

NerdWallet rating 

4.9

/5
Charles Schwab
Learn more

on Charles Schwab's website

Fees

$0

per trade

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

NerdWallet rating 

4.4

/5
E*TRADE
Fees

$0

per trade. Other fees apply.

Account minimum

$0

Promotion

Get up to $600 or more

when you open and fund an E*TRADE account

Last updated on February 1, 2024

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