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With the Coinbase direct listing behind us and the Robinhood IPOu00a0ahead, itu2019s a heady time for consumer-focused trading apps. n

Mix in the impending SPAC-led debut of eToro, general bullishness in the cryptocurrency space, record highs for some equities markets and recent rounds from Public.com, M1 Finance and U.K.-based Freetrade, and you could be excused for expecting the boom in consumer asset trading to keep going up and to the right.n

But will it? There are data in both directions. While recent information could indicate that some of the most lucrative trading activity at companies like Robinhood could be slowing, thereu2019s also encouraging app download information that paints a more bullish picture regarding the durability of the boom in consumer interest regarding savings and investing, which The Exchange has had an eye on for some time.n


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Our question today is this: How bullish are companies in the space about continued consumer interest in equities and other asset trading? And why? Weu2019ll also put similar questions to their backers.n

""Weu2019ve compiled notes from Accelu2019s Sameer Gandhi about views concerning Public as one of its backers and Indexu2019s Jan Hammer about Robinhood and its market, as well as comments from Public.com and M1 Finance about what they see regarding consumer trading interest in the future. Thoughts fromu00a0Robert Le, PitchBook’s senior emerging technology analyst, cap things off.n

Weu2019ll start with a short look at some data to help ground ourselves regarding where consumer trading demand appears to be today, then consider what the companies in the ring and their backers are thinking. Weu2019ll close with a synthesis of all the perspectives to come up with hype-adjusted expectations for the rest of 2021.n

Bullish data, bearish datan

Coinbase executed its direct listing on the back of one of the most impressive quarters weu2019ve ever seen in the realm of business results, meaning it began to trade when it looked just about as good as a company can. Will the same hold true for Robinhood and company?n



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