HFT scrutiny and market jitters not hitting retail interest


“Despite talk of flagging investor confidence and increased scrutiny of market participants, data from retail brokers show that the retail crowd is more engaged than ever,” writes Credit Suisse's Ana Avramovic.

Buying the dip in E*Trade (ETFC +1%) this week after a 21% decline between March 20 and May 15, Raymond James' Patrick O’Shaughnessy, says combined daily average revenue trades (DARTs) at E*Trade, Schwab (SCHW +1.3%), and Ameritrade (AMTD +0.7%) rose 24% Y/Y in Q1 to their highest level ever. E*Trade customers, he says, purchased a net $3.9B in securities in Q1, matching the strongest level since the company began reporting the metric five years ago.

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