Robinhood listing Shiba Inu sends the meme coin up - The Average Joe

    Robinhood listing Shiba Inu sends the meme coin up

    Victor Lei — Head of Research

    January 13, 2022

    shiba inu

    January 13, 2022

    Rumors are swirling that Robinhood will potentially list meme coin, Shiba Inu ($SHIB) — sending its token up 17%.

    What’s the big deal? Adding Shiba would give over 9.5M investors on Robinhood’s crypto platform access to the memecoin.

    Back in November, Robinhood’s COO dismissed the idea of adding Shiba — despite over 555K people signing a petition  to have it listed.

    • Only 7 tokens are available on Robinhood, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin.
    • Compared to other crypto exchanges, Robinhood is more selective about adding new tokens.

    Rumor or not, Robinhood’s stock desperately needs a boost — down 70% since August, with sales growth slowing to 35% in the past quarter (from 303% at the start of 2021).

    Given the lack of available tokens, investors rushed to competitor platforms like Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN). This may push Robinhood to reconsider their November stance.

    Meme game: In 2022, investors rotated between different meme coins — starting with Dogecoin ($DOGE), then to copycat tokens like Shiba Inu ($SHIB), Floki ($FLOKI). Seems like the crypto community has an obsession with dogs — the latest being Baby Doge Coin ($BabyDoge) — which is up over 200% in the past month.

    Unlike other cryptocurrencies which have a project behind it — memecoins are primarily a speculative investment. Their value is based on its “community”, social media sentiment and legions of random Telegram groups pumping it up.

    • Playing with meme coins is a dangerous game — and unless you’re early in the trend, expect big losses.
    • When retail investors catch on, early investors often dump their tokens — leaving late investors with large losses.

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