1 in 5 Investors Have Used Reddit to Drive Investment Decisions

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1 in 5 Investors Have Used Reddit to Drive Investment Decisions

In the aftermath of the GameStop saga, Investing.com survey also finds that Reddit’s unexpected broader influence on investment decisions extends beyond the Millennial and Gen Z age groups

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Investors Have Used Reddit To Actively Drive An Investment Decision

New York, NY, April 29, 2021 – As many as 1 in 5 U.S. investors have used the social media platform Reddit to actively drive an investment decision, the global financial markets platform Investing.com has revealed today in newly released data.

According to the survey of 1,302 respondents — conducted in the aftermath of the episode in which Reddit users engineered a surge in GameStop share prices earlier this year — Reddit’s influence is not limited to younger demographics such as the Millennial and Gen Z age groups, with over 17 percent of investors over 40 years old also using Reddit to drive financial decisions. Interestingly, nearly half of these so-called “older” investors have been on Reddit or downloaded the app since the drama that played out with GameStop earlier this year.

“It’s not at all surprising, given the recent Reddit WallStreetBets Meme Stocks saga, which dominated markets earlier this year,” said Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at Investing.com. “The sharp spike and huge gains in those names drew investors – young and old alike – to the WallStreetBets forum to find out what stock everyone was coordinating to buy next.”

Furthermore, 55 percent of investors have used some form of social media platform to research an investment decision. In addition to Reddit, over 20 percent use Twitter to make investment decisions, 17 percent use Stocktwits and 7.5 percent use Facebook for that purpose. And Reddit or not, 47 percent of those surveyed have purchased GameStop or AMC Entertainment stocks during the past three months.

The GameStop Drama

Nearly 80 percent of respondents who use Reddit to drive investment decisions have been doing so for only the past few months, aligning with the timeline of the GameStop drama. More than 70 percent of investors who use Reddit to drive their decisions plan to continue doing so during the coming year. At the same time, just 6 percent of those investors say Reddit is their only source of information for investment decision-making.

“The dramatic rise in retail investing seems like it’s here to stay, and that should bode well for social media platforms like Reddit,” Cohen continued. “These social media forums are replacing traditional financial news outlets as the place-to-go to research and make informed financial decisions.”

Among those respondents who have not previously used Reddit to drive an investment decision, more than 20 percent do plan to use that social media platform to assist in their investment decision-making in the coming year.

On the regulatory front, 16 percent believe social platforms that are organizing retail investors should be restricted. Eighteen percent say trading platforms such as Robinhood — which was forced to temporarily limit GameStop trades following the saga — should have the right to restrict trading to retail investors. Sixty six percent agree that more needs to be done to protect retail investors and even the playing field against Wall Street, while only 28 percent believe retail investors on platforms such as Reddit pose a threat to Wall Street.

“The battle between the retail investor, which entered the market amid the Covid pandemic, and Wall Street hedge funds will undoubtedly intensify in the years to come. The returns of the individual investor have changed the entire character of the market, and the professionals are no longer the only force that matters,” said Cohen.

The full survey can be found at: https://www.investing.com/blog/beyond-gamestop-survey-reveals-reddits-largerthanexpected-influence-on-investing-298

Methodology: This poll was conducted on April 14-16 based on interviews with 1,302 U.S. adults from Investing.com’s user database. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of ValueWalk.com, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at)valuewalk.com - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver

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