Last spring was marked by a flurry of high-profile IPOs, which have turned into wild rides for many early investors over the past year. Facebook , Zynga, and Groupon all garnered unprecedented levels of hype surrounding their initial public offerings, and eager investors clamored to get in on the action. Now, it's worth asking: Was it worth it?

Today we look back on The Motley Fool's unorthodox approach to helping the world invest better in IPOs, and then size up how some of those stocks have fared since going public.


For instance, Facebook's IPO was the most hyped of all, but so far investors have been let down. Zuckerberg shouldn't be the only one getting rich off Facebook, though, and while only time can tell whether there's ultimately anything to "like" about the company, there are certain things that every shareholder needs to know. The Motley Fool has outlined them all in a premium research report on Facebook, which comes with a full year of additional expert analysis to keep you up to date as key news breaks. There's a lot more to Facebook than meets the eye, so click here now to read up on the full story and understand your investment from the inside out.

The article 3 Red Flags: A Cautionary Tale About IPOs originally appeared on Fool.com.

John Reeves has no position in any stocks mentioned. Karen Ochsenreiter has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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