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    IPO: average underpricing, average initial return, risk of investing in IPOs

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    a. What is the average under pricing of this sample of IPOs?
    b. What is the average initial return on my "portfolio" of shares purchased from the four IPOs I bid on?
    Calculate the average initial return weighting by the amount of money invested in each issue.
    c. Why have I performed so poorly relative to the average initial return on the full sample of IPOs? What lessons do you draw from my experience?

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    Solution Summary

    The solution completes the exercise as requested and comments on the poor average initial return by the investor.