- —H.G.

Investors, start your engines. IPOS, or Initial Public Offerings, are the stock market’s version of coming-out parties, offering those who buy early shares—if you are smart or lucky or both—the chance to strike gold with the next Google or Starbucks. If you can’t get in on the action, it’s at least a great spectator sport. Among the noteworthy public offerings that may be on the way in 2022: Impossible Foods, the plant-based meat-in-disguise maker; The Fresh Market food retail chain, a smaller version of Whole Foods, with some 160 stores in 20-plus states; Stripe, which develops and sells financial tech software, the chat app company, Discord; and grocery delivery service Instacart. Happy hunting.

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