There's speculation that ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok, may be planning an IPO. Word this week that the company had hired a CFO, Xiaomi executive Shou Zi Chew, renewed that speculation.
But while rumors have been swirling for over a year now, ByteDance has yet to publicly file or confirm that it's planning to list stock on a public exchange. (There have also been rumors about a possible TikTok IPO, but no details.)
If the company does go public, US investors will need an international brokerage account to buy stocks.
What we know about the ByteDance IPO
ByteDance is expected to go public. ByteDance has not yet filed a viewable Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. We'll update this page with information as it becomes available.
There's no news yet about how much the stock will cost when it goes public. No date has been set for when the stock will be publicly available.
How to buy shares in ByteDance when it goes public
Once ByteDance goes public, you'll need a brokerage account to invest. Consider opening a brokerage account today so you're ready as soon as the stock hits the market.
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Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
Search for ByteDance. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
Purchase now or later. Buy immediately with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until ByteDance reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of ByteDance, depending on your broker.
Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ByteDance. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
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