Wednesday, March 24: Robinhood filed a confidential registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating its plans to go public.
Thursday, March 25: Reuters reported that Robinhood is making plans to “democratize” IPOs by opening its offering and others to users at pre-market prices. Robinhood did not confirm.
Robinhood is a popular trading app that offers commission-free stocks and ETFs. With its approachable interface and intuitive design, it caters to new investors looking to execute their first trades.
This commission-free trading platform may be planning an IPO as soon as this month. Bloomberg reported March 3 that the online broker is preparing papers ahead of filing for a March IPO. The company reportedly filed a confidential registration statement on March 23.
Some shares might be sold directly to users, the report said.
On March 25, Reuters reported that Robinhood was in fact working on a new system that would let users invest not only in its IPO but in other IPOs at pre-market offering prices. Robinhood has not provided confirmation, but competitor Sofi has rolled out a similar tool.
Here’s what we know and how investors can prepare for the IPO.
What we know about the Robinhood IPO
The popular trading app has confidentially filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reports suggest, solidifying rumors that Robinhood plans to go public. Goldman Sachs will helm the deal and the company could be worth more than $20 billion, according to Reuters.
In its September 2020 funding round, Robinhood raised $460 million and was valued at $11.7 billion. The Bloomberg report suggested the value could go much higher, up to $30 billion.
We'll continue to track this story and update this page with information as it becomes available.
How to buy shares in Robinhood when it goes public
Once Robinhood goes public, you'll need a brokerage account to invest. Consider opening a brokerage account today so you're ready as soon as the stock hits the market.
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We evaluate stock trading platforms against a range of metrics that include fees, ease of use, available securities and advanced tools to meet specific investor needs. We encourage you to compare stock platforms to find one that's best for your particular budget and goals.
Our pick for beginners. We chose Robinhood for this category because it offers commission-free trading and is easy to use. You can search for stocks by company name, and the mobile app is clean and intuitive to use.
Our pick for active traders. We picked Interactive Brokers for this category because it offers advanced tools and low fees for active investors and pros. The simpler IBKR Lite platform is aimed at less-active investors, but all users older than 21 must meet a $20,000 liquid net worth requirement for a cash account.
Our pick for building a portfolio. We chose SoFi for this category because it offers both commission-free stocks and a free robo-advisor. That means you can open an active investing account to pick and choose companies you want to invest in, and open a robo-advisor account to help you build a portfolio and manage how much risk you take on.
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It's impossible to predict how any stock will perform — and IPOs can be particularly volatile. But evaluating the performance of companies like Robinhood can be useful in determining how the market is performing and whether now is a good time to invest in this industry.
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Shannon Terrell is a senior writer for Finder who has written over 400 personal finance guides. With a focus on investments and personal finance, she breaks down jargon-laden topics to help others make informed financial decisions. She studied communications and English literature at the University of Toronto.
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