- Individual stock trading is at a 10-year high
- certain asset classes have become more accessible through exchange-traded and mutual funds
- For now, access for retail investors to private companies is limited
Before we examine whether retail investors stand to benefit from increased access to alternative assets, it is worth highlighting the impact that the extraordinary events of 2020 have had on conventional share trading volumes. A combination of Covid-19 lockdowns, government stimulus measures and the shortest bear market in history has been driving market participation – with retail investors having an outsized influence on valuations.