Private investors: the Big Bang moment
Newsletter - February, 2021
2021 started with a bang
January was a record month: stock lending revenues in the US hit $453m, thanks to a frantic period of trading (and commentary) in stocks like GME and AMC among private investors.
But this explosion in private investor participation had a long fuse. The first spark was a series of decisions to make trading more user-centric: zero fee trading and a seamless product design.
We’re still in the early stages of adoption and yes, some of the unintended consequences can be noisy. But they’re just a flash in the pan compared to the bigger trend: The democratisation of capital markets.
User-centric design is unlocking this democratisation, and both are coming to securities lending. Our Head of Product, Amnon Cohen, shared what this user-centric future holds for securities lending and how a UX mindset will open the floodgates to greater accessibility and participation, reshaping the entire securities lending industry.
Every investor should be able to benefit from securities lending. If you’re not offering it to your clients, now’s the time.
January was volatile, but it was a blip.
“Nothing I’ve seen in the last few weeks has changed my belief in the importance of private investor participation in capital markets. This is the biggest theme of this decade for our industry.”
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