A legal document offering securities or mutual fund shares for sale, required by the Securities Act of 1933. It must explain the offer, including the terms, issuer, objectives (if mutual fund) or planned use of the money (if securities), historical financial statements, and other information that could help an individual decide whether the investment is appropriate for him/her. also called offering circular or circular.

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You need to come up with a good prospectus for your project so that others can see all that you are seeing.

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We received a prospectus and I wondered what it was, so I asked my friend who was an expert at funds and things like that.

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When my company was about to go public and sell shares to the market, I looked over our company's financials and the terms of the sale in the prospectus we issued to see if I should invest.

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