The excess number of shares or bonds that investors want to buy but are not available due to high demand. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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oversubscribed o‧ver‧sub‧scribed [ˌəʊvəsəbˈskraɪbd◂ ǁ ˌoʊvər-] adjective FINANCE
an oversubscribed Securities Issue has people asking for more shares etc than are available. If this happens, each buyer receives fewer shares than they asked for, or there is a ballot to decide who will receive them:

• The bonds were oversubscribed, and there will be no unsold balance remaining, the underwriter said.

— oversubscription noun [uncountable] :

• Analysts expect them to receive only about 2.5% of the shares they ordered because of massive oversubscription.

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oversubscribed UK US /ˌəʊvəsəbˈskraɪbd/ adjective
STOCK MARKET if a share issue (= occasion on which new shares are sold) is oversubscribed, people want to buy more shares than are available: 5/10/50, etc. times oversubscribed »

The initial public offering of the internet service provider has been more than 20 times oversubscribed.


The company was valued at €20.8 billion in a heavily oversubscribed flotation.

a situation in which people want to buy or have many more things, such as tickets, than are available: »

The school has an excellent reputation and is heavily oversubscribed.

oversubscription noun [C or U]

The level of oversubscription is greater than we might have expected.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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