A kick in the privates: In-demand unlisted stock trading faces tech, transparency challenges

Private stocks are opaque, illiquid, behave differently from public markets, and lack the same infrastructure as public marketplaces, creating back-office integration challenges for firms that want to trade these stocks in a more liquid manner. But as interest grows, that’s starting to change.

The news that stock trading app Robinhood may be building a platform to enable ordinary investors to participate in IPOs—potentially including its own upcoming IPO—alongside institutions has heightened existing excitement over the prospect of trading pre-IPO stock in private companies. While this may appeal most to individual investors fed up with volatile stock markets, or dreaming of acquiring stock in the next Apple or Microsoft before it goes public, institutional investors are eyeing the

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