Redditors have been taking on Wall Street, as we’ve recently seen in the incredible stock surge for companies like GameStop, AMC and BlackBerry to name a few.
The result means usage in online stock trading platforms has surged, with apps such as Robinhood and WeBull jumping in the App Store ranks. In Canada, Wealthsimple Trade has now topped the App Store’s free charts. It appears Canadians have also jumped into the stock feeding frenzy.
“This is a wakeup call for Wall Street and the Square Mile that retail investor flows are meaningful and need to be taken seriously,” Dan Lane, senior analyst at Freetrade, told CNBC in an interview.
“If nothing else, the most recent episode should register the assertion from new retail investors that they want to be part of building their cash piles rather than handing the job off to someone else,” added Lane.
Chamath speaking straight faxx on CNBC about WSB pic.twitter.com/NCgseMzq8G
— Wojack W. Williams (@WwoahJack) January 27, 2021
Shares of GameStop went even higher yesterday after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out a link to a Reddit sub, r/wallstreetbets, which now has 3.1 million users.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 26, 2021
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