There are two ways in which the corporation may select an underwriter. A corporation may elect to have multiple underwriters submit bids and choose the underwriter with the best bid. This is known as a competitive bid underwriting. A company may elect to select one firm to sell the issue and negotiate the terms of the offering with them. This is known as a negotiated underwriting. Most corporate offerings are awarded on a negotiated basis, while municipal bonds offering are usually awarded through competitive bidding.

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