How to buy TikTok shares when it goes public

Here's everything we know so far about the TikTok IPO.

Rumors that TikTok may go public persist, but the latest move by its parent company, ByteDance, suggests that we may see that company stage an IPO first. ByteDance hired a CFO on 24 March 2021 in what reportedly is a move toward a public offering.

TikTok last fall came under fire for its ties to China amid privacy concerns. But its deal with Oracle and Walmart to form TikTok global laid many of those concerns to rest and allowed the app to stay available to US users.

The new deal left the Chinese company ByteDance with majority ownership of the app. But Walmart will have a 7.5% stake and Oracle will have a 12.5% stake, plus the authority to conduct checks on TikTok's code — a key part of the deal.

Now that many of the concerns about TikTok have been laid to rest, the company may once again look to launch an IPO. But not many details have been released about what that might look like or when it would happen.

What we know about the TikTok IPO

There's speculation that TikTok is planning an IPO. We're unable to confirm that news, and TikTok 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 TikTok when it goes public

Once TikTok 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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  2. 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.
  3. Search for TikTok. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy immediately with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until TikTok reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of TikTok, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of TikTok. Optimise 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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