Investing Forum - Warren Buffett and Value Investing
Is Robinhood a good trading app for stocks?
Have anyone use Robinhood to trade stock without transaction fee? What do you guys think? It seems like a no brainer to use that? Is there any catch for this? What is the disadvantage of this?
I'm based in the UK so I haven't personally used this service but I decided to dig into it a little bit to see if it was of any use to value investors. After conducting some reseach it appears that many users of this service have experienced problems ranging from poor customer service to inaccuracies with their accounts. For more information on this read this article and be sure to scroll down and read the customer comments section at the bottom of the article, very enlightening indeed!
As value investors we tend to trade much less frequently than day traders so brokerage commission fees shouldn't be so much of a problem for us. My rule of thumb is to ensure that any frictional costs (i.e. Brokerage fees, FX conversion charges etc) associated with a trade are limited to <5% of the total value.
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I hope this helps and if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask!
The old adage of "you get what you pay for applies". Yes, it's free, but you'll get glitches and they won't be at a convenient time. Personally, not worth it.
Now, if you have a couple hundred bucks that you want to play with and use to try a few trading ideas, you couldn't do better.