What is Robinhood app?
Robinhood is a popular commission-free stock trading and investing app letting users understand the financial markets, invest in stocks, options, and ETFs (funds), and manage portfolios in a single app. Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, the trading and investing app offers plenty of products under the Robinhood umbrella for different customer needs.
Robinhood Stocks & Funds: helping users invest in individual companies or bundles of investments (ETFs)
Robinhood Options: enabling commission-fee options trading, with no per-contract fees. Users can manage their options easily and execute sophisticated strategies including iron condors, straddles, and strangles.
Cash Management: providing 0.30% annual percentage yield (APY) based on uninvested cash in a brokerage account. Users are not required to have account minimums, pay transfer fees and foreign transaction fees.
Robinhood Crypto: enabling users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin, for commission-free.Robinhood Gold: is Robinhood’s paid subscription package starting at $5/mo. Via Robinhood Gold, users can access professional research reports, trade on margin giving extra buying power and less time waiting to access deposited funds, and make $5K – $50K instant deposits.
Robinhood Company Overview
|Headquarter||Menlo Park, California|
|Platforms||Mobile, PC, Tablets|
|Number of Employees||1500+|
|Founders||Baiju Bhatt, Vlad Tenev|
|Crunchbase Profile||Profile Link|
|Google Play||Store Link|
|App Store||Store Link|
How Robinhood Makes Money
Robinhood generates revenue from the following channels:
- Robinhood Gold, its monthly paid subscription package starting a $5/mo
- Interchange fees from purchases made with the Cash Management debit card and fees from program banks
- Rebates from market makers and trading venues
- Income generated from cash
- Stock loan income from counterparties
Robinhood Revenue Statistics (2020)
- In August 2020, Robinhood’s valuation reached $11.2 billion following a $200 million funding round, up by nearly one third from a previous injection of funds just a month ago. (Financial Times)
- In September 2020, Robinhood raised additional $460 million Series G funding, at an $11.7 billion post-money valuation. (Techcrunch)
- Robinhood’s trading revenue reached $180 million in the second quarter of 2020. Of Robinhood’s $180 million revenue, $111 million came from Options. (Forbes)
- Robinhood had 4.31 million DARTs (daily average revenue trades in June 2020, with the company adding that “DARTs in Q2 more than doubled compared to Q1” in an email. (Techcrunch)
Robinhood User Statistics (2020)
- In May 2020, the number of Robinhood accounts reached 13 million, up from 10 million at the end of 2019. (The New York Times)
- The time spent in Robinhood increased by 260% in the United States in April 2020, due to COVID-19.
- Robinhood reached three million funded accounts in the first four months of 2020. Its three most active trading days of all time came in June, 2020. (Forbes)
- In June 2020, Robinhood was ranked #4 in the U.S. among top fintech apps by downloads. (SensorTower)
- An average customer age of Robinhood is 31 and half of its customers had never invested before. (The New York Times)
- Robinhood capitalized on the market volatility surrounding the coronavirus in March, seeing weekly U.S. App Store downloads surpass 400K in consecutive weeks. (Sensor Tower)
- Robinhood saw around 95 million trades during June’s 2020 trading day. (Techcrunch)
- In Q1 2020, Robinhood users traded nine times as many shares as E-Trade customers, and 40 times as many shares as Charles Schwab customers, per dollar in the average customer account in the most recent quarter. (The New York Times)
- In June 2020, a 20-year-old Robinhood customer died by suicide after he mistakenly thought he had lost $730,000 on a Robinhood trade. (Forbes)