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I finally received my much anticipated invitation to Robinhood. Robinhood is a stock trading platform that boasts $0 commission fee trades, this means an individual can trade stocks without worrying about paying fees each time they decide to buy or sell. Robinhood has a pretty revolutionary idea actually, they desire to “democratize access to financial markets,” which in theory would allow for the uninhibited use of the stock market. I can see that Robinhood is on the right track towards their goal, but I think a wider release of their software would hurt their vision. Robinhood is the stock markets version of Internet only banking, and if they exceed their server limitations, users would not be able to make crucial trades when necessary. The site is currently invitation only and the transactions are handled via an iOs device, this makes it extremely easy to sign up and to use, but it does take a while to get that invitation. The email with my invitation had a time limit of 72 hours, and it stated that I would be moved to the back of the line of 500,000 people if I took too long to sign up so I wasted no time. So far the app seems nicely engineered, I have just been waiting for my funds to transfer and adding companies to my watch list via the simple interface. I have found that smaller companies are not listed, I believe this is part of the design of the app, since trading “penny stocks” at $0 commission is a pipe dream that would completely overwhelm any system. I like the idea behind this company, and while I wont be shifting my entire portfolio over to the platform, I will use it regularly. I think Robinhood is perfect for anyone interested in getting into the stock market, and I would definitely recommend it to a person who has a bit of expendable income they would like to invest. Robinhood is possibly the future of investing, hopefully the full rollout goes well, and it can thrive under the added stress of the new users.