Another big week for IPOs, with 26 deals slated to price. Compare this with last week's 30 and it looks like things are still in full swing. October? Phooey! Toughen up, I say. There are plenty of ways to make money between now and Halloween! Where? Just take a look at Calico Commerce, Interwoven, Jupiter Communications and Webvan Group.
One amazing thing about my column last week was the sheer number of people who came forward and admitted to losing a shirt or two on the
IPO after buying the stock using a market order at the open. This has forced me take a couple of steps backwards to examine where
readers may be on the IPO learning curve. My feeling is that it may be time for a series of articles on the basics. Starting next week, I'll be running a short series on the mechanics of the IPO market, how investors can get involved and maybe even a few tricks that could keep you from losing your head over a bad trade. I'll be collecting your email over the next week and will try my best to answer your questions here in this column.
should make for some interesting reading.
In the meantime, let's look at the week ahead.