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Robinhood Seizes Meme-Stock Moment, Readying IPO for Liftoff (2)

July 2, 2021, 12:14 PM

Robinhood Markets has plenty of reasons not to go public.

There’s the worry that the exuberant small-time investors who flocked to the online brokerage won’t stick around for the long haul. Or that trading in Dogecoin, which started as a joke, accounted for more than a third of its cryptocurrency revenue in the first quarter. Or that just this week, a Wall Street watchdog levied a record $70 million penalty against the firm.

Yet the company that introduced an army of young traders to the ins-and-outs of investing is still seizing its moment, filing for an initial public offering Thursday ...