A wild year of volatility for equities has brought investors of all sorts out of the woodwork. Although the ferocity of the first-quarter decline was a bit unnerving for all, it provided one heck of an opportunity for long-term investors to put their money to work in high-quality businesses.
The same can’t be said for short-term traders, or those chasing whatever happens to be this week’s or month’s hot stock on Wall Street. A quick glance at the investment activity by members of online investing app Robinhood confirms that some awful companies are being purchased.
Robinhood has been particularly successful at courting young and/or novice investors; the average age of its members is 31. Don’t get me wrong — it’s fantastic to see young people starting early and putting their money to work in the stock market. However, Robinhood is failing to provide the tools or education necessary for these