A better alternative to Robinhood

By switching to Public from Robinhood you’ll get way more than the typical investment app that only offers commission-free trading. By joining Public, you’ll gain access to unique features of the investment world like buying slices of stocks in real-time, following and interacting with peers and influencers, earning 2.5% interest on cash, and access to world-class support via channels that work for you.

Oh, and we’ve got commission-free trading, which we think should be the norm.

Buy any stock with any amount of money

We created the technology that allows any investor to buy and sell stocks in real-time using dollar amounts, not the number of shares. By giving every person access to sliced shares, we aim to grow everyone’s prosperity by giving you the tools you need to invest in companies you truly believe in. We call this a more accessible way of buying and selling stocks fractional trading, and it’s something that we do best.

Robinhood
Fractional trading
Real, registered brokerage
Invest in US stocks
Invest in US ETFs
Commission-free
Real-time settling of investments
Automatic dividend reinvestment-
2.5% interest on uninvested cash-
Monthly interest payouts-
See what brands a company owns-
Search stock by brands the company owns-
Discover companies by themes-
See other people’s trades-
Comment on other people’s investments-
iOS App
Android App
In-app live chat support-
Phone support-

Buy and sell stocks for free with no commission or fees

We believe it should be the industry standard to invest commission-free. That’s just how we allow Public members to buy slices of shares at Public. You can always create an account for Apple or Android with no minimum balance to open or maintain as you grow your portfolio and your prosperity.

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Follow customizable themes

With Public, you can follow themes that categorize stocks into groups that match up with your values and ideals. Themes like Clean and Green, The Future is Female, Cannabis, and Self-Driving Cars, and more are available to browse, allowing you to build an investment portfolio that speaks to the person you are and the values you hold. Following the themes that matter the most to you will help you stay up to date on the industries in which you choose to invest.

Brand transparency

We make it easy for you to see what brands a company owns so that you can make informed investment decisions. We believe in making the world of investing more accessible, and part of that mission involves pulling back the curtain on what brands are subsidiaries of larger companies. If you don’t want to invest in a brand for any reason, you should be able to make that decision for yourself.

Earn 2.5% interest

Everyone on Public automatically earns 2.5% interest annually on up to $10,000 of your uninvested cash. As part of our mission to accelerate everyone’s prosperity we didn’t want to leave any stone unturned, which is why we’re proud to offer an interest savings rate that is 25 times the national average*. Check out the full details on the Disclosures page.

*National average assumes 0.10% from Bankrate.com, as of April 1, 2019.

Monthly interest payouts

We also understand that you won’t necessarily always want your money playing the field on the market. At Public, we offer monthly interest payouts that give you control over the money you invest. All of the interest you earn on a monthly basis is automatically paid into your brokerage account, leaving you the flexibility to reinvest the way you see fit. You can transfer the money you earn to your connected bank account at any time.

Automatic dividend reinvestment

Our goal is to make it easier for you to grow your prosperity. That’s why we offer automatic dividend reinvestment to our investors. Public takes the hassle out of reinvesting the money you make. When you have dividends, we allow you to reinvest your money and purchase additional shares in the stocks that you’ve already added to your portfolio. And it’s all commission-free. All you have to do is select the stocks you’d like to reinvest in with your dividends.

Phone support

Public has always got your back and that means having a friendly, knowledgeable support team that is always standing by to assist you via the channels that make you feel most comfortable. We believe having great customer service doesn’t mean focusing on efficiency, metrics, and tickets. It’s about people and doing the right thing by creating real relationships, going the extra mile and being there when you need us. We love chatting with our members and that’s why you can always reach us by phone if you need anything at all.

Live chat support

In our mission to accelerate everyone’s prosperity, we always want our members to know we’re standing by for them. This means being available to our members and offering more ways to get in touch than any of our competitors. At Public, we’re proud to be the only investment app that also offers live chat as one of our customer service channels. Start a chat with our friendly, knowledgeable support team. No chatbots here; only real people who are here to listen and help.

Follow others

Getting started with investing can be intimidating, which is why Public makes investing social so you can follow, watch, post and learn from other investors just like you. Our social platform allows you to seek out like-minded investors who are actively buying and selling shares in the companies that support your values. With Public, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with everyone from subject matter experts to fellow investors. You’ll be able to view their investments along with the companies they trust, all over a platform that fosters community and the free exchange of ideas.

Protect your investments

We know that trust is a major factor driving every relationship you make, especially the relationships you create with financial institutions. That’s why all members on the Public app are automatically insured by SIPC for up to $500,000 on their securities accounts. Visit the Securities Investor Protection Corporation at www.sipc.org to learn more about how your securities accounts are protected.

Genevieve Schoepke is a freelance writer with a special focus in business and finance. She’s produced copy for a wide range of clients from CPAs to digital content marketing specialists. Her favorite projects are those that communicate complicated topics in ways that inspire and reveal pathways to success.

The above content is provided is paid for by Public and is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute investment advice or any other kind of professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. Before taking action based on any such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals. We do not endorse any third parties referenced within the article. Market and economic views are subject to change without notice and may be untimely when presented here. Do not infer or assume that any securities, sectors or markets described in this article were or will be profitable. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is a possibility of loss. Historical or hypothetical performance results are presented for illustrative purposes only.

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