The suicide of a 20 year old who was using the popular trading app Robinhood has set off alarm bells...
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Brokerage app Robinhood is unveiling a new web based platform; the company currently has over 3 million opened accounts and is growing daily; Business Insider reports that co-founder Baiju Bhatt said, "When people are buying stocks, they are comparison shopping and they want an experience that's built for that."; the company has reached the size of Etrade and are working on building additional features. Source.
Robinhood is currently undergoing a new fundraising deal that values the company at approximately $1.3 billion with investment from DST Global; the undisclosed funding will add to previously raised capital of $66 million; the firm offers commission free trading on US stocks and has also launched a premium Robinhood Gold option for faster money transfers and margin trading. Source
Only five days after announcing they would enable bitcoin and ethereum trading Robinhood saw more than one million signups; Robinhood has made its name on zero commission stock trading and plan to roll out the new feature in five states first; “We see millions of trades a day. In our brokerage industry there is no excuse for down time. We plan on bringing that mind-set to the crypto space,” said Robinhood Co-Founder Baiju Bhatt to Business Insider. Source.