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The US ranks 3rd for stock trading

And interest in investing is only expected to go up.

As global stock markets dealt with the fallout from COVID-19 in 2020, there was an influx of new retail investors as young people entered the market for the first time, and, in some countries, government stimulus meant people had extra cash to spend or invest.

But how many people actually put money on the stock market? And are more people expected to invest in the year ahead? Finder surveyed 23,659 people in 16 countries to find out.

A closer look at the US

As it stands, the US ranks 3rd out of 16 countries for stock trading with 47% saying they currently own stocks. Of those, 39.46% bought shares in just the last 12 months and 7.89% say they already held stock but hadn’t invested recently.

By the end of the year, it’s expected that a further 15% will purchase shares, according to Finder’s Global Investing Adoption Survey.

Overall, Americans are most likely to invest less than $2,500, with 19% investing this much. Meanwhile, 6% of Americans say they’ve invested $2,500-$10,000, 5% have invested $10,001-$20,000, and 10% have invested more than $20,000.

Men are more likely to be investing than women

Around 52% of men currently own shares compared to 42% of women. By the end of the year, we’ll see an additional 16% of men and 13% of women own shares.


Interestingly, men are much more likely than women to invest more than $20,000, with 12% of men saying they did so compared to just 6% of women.

Those aged 65+ lead the pack for investing

People aged 65+ are most likely to own shares, with 52% currently holding investments and an additional 8% set to purchase shares by the end of the year.


They’re also among the most likely to have invested more than $20,000, with 12% of people in this age group spending more than $20,000 on shares in the past year, along with those aged 55-64.

Hong Kong leads the way

At the time of the study, an average of 34% of those surveyed said they currently owned shares. Hong Kong investors lead the way, with approximately 57% of adults owning shares. An additional 20% of Hong Kong adults are expected to buy shares by the end of 2021.

Singapore is not too far behind Hong Kong, with 53% reporting that they own shares and an additional 18% expected to buy shares by the end of the year. Rounding out the top 3 is the US, where 47% say they currently have investments in the stock market and an additional 15% say they will invest by the end of the year.

At the other end of the investing spectrum is Mexico, where just 13% say they currently have investments. However, by the end of the year an additional 27% of Mexicans expect to invest.

It’s a similar story with Spain, with only 18% saying they have currently invested. When asked about their plans for investments by the end of 2021, an additional 17% reported that they will own shares.

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