Robinhood's Shareholders: Are Cryptocurrency Wallets Coming and Do We Get Hoodies?

Cryptocurrency trading has fuelled a large part of Robinhood's recent growth.

Robinhood's Shareholders: Are Cryptocurrency Wallets Coming and Do We Get Hoodies?

Robinhood said it reserved up to 35 percent of the shares in its July 29 market debut for its users

Highlights
  • Robinhood announced last week it was buying Say
  • Say is a platform that crowdsources questions from retail investors
  • There were questions on Robinhood's plan to launch app in other countries

When Robinhood Markets reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday for the first time since going public, its retail shareholders want to know when cryptocurrency wallets are coming and whether they will get branded hoodies, according to Say Technologies.

Robinhood, which said it reserved up to 35 percent of the shares in its July 29 market debut for its users, announced last week it was buying Say, a platform that crowdsources questions from retail investors and allows them to interact with companies they invest in during events like earnings calls.

On Tuesday afternoon, the top question on Say for Robinhood, with 1.6 thousand votes, was whether the brokerage was getting a cryptocurrency wallet, which would allow users to withdraw and transfer cryptocurrencies to and from other brokerages.

Cryptocurrency trading has fueled a large part of Robinhood's recent growth, with more than 9.5 million customers trading about $88 billion (roughly Rs. 6,53,720 crores) of cryptocurrency on the platform in the first quarter, according to a recent regulatory filing. Crypto assets have grown 23-fold between March 31, 2020 and the end of this year's first quarter, the filing said.

The second question was on Robinhood's plans to launch the app in other countries, while the third asked if the company would allow users to name beneficiaries or adopt features such as multiple accounts and joint accounts.

Running a close fourth: "as initial investor, can we get a robinhood hat and hoody jacket?"

The company expects to report revenue of between $546 million (roughly Rs. 4,055 crores) and $574 million (roughly Rs. 4,260 crores) for the three months ended June 30, versus $244 million (roughly Rs. 1,810 crores) a year earlier, according to an updated filing.

The gain was driven largely by an increase in funded accounts, as well as higher options and cryptocurrency trading levels, offset by a decrease in equities trading, Robinhood said.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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