Evan Frazier, CAIA
Research Analyst, U.S. Equities
In recent years, most major brokerage firms have participated in a “race to the bottom” with respect to commissions on equity purchases and sales, as well as options trades. This phenomenon, in tandem with the rise in popularity of app-based trading platforms like Robinhood, has afforded retail investors greater access to capital markets. While the democratization of the investment world is beneficial in many respects, it can also lead to irrational behavior and a decoupling of asset prices and fundamentals.
In this newsletter, we analyze the recent frenzied trading activity that has grabbed the headlines, including a summary of what has happened so far and a look at the impact and implications of this behavior.
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