Robinhood extends trading hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — 3 rookie mistakes when trading stocks after hours

At 7 a.m., it can be the time for a morning coffee while 8 p.m. can be time to have supper, watch your favorite television shows, or even enjoy a glass of wine.

If you have a Robinhood account, it’s also becoming a time to play the stock market during extended trading hours — but is that time well spent?

The brokerage platform geared to freshman retail investors said Tuesday that it’s launching extended trading hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time.

Robinhood users are “juggling a lot, from full-time jobs to school, families and side gigs,” the company said in a Tuesday blog post. “Our new extended trading hours for equities will give them more opportunities to manage their portfolio at a convenient time for them, whether that’s in the early morning or in the evening.”

“‘The volume of trading in the after-hours market is a fraction of what it is during the general market hours. This can lead to significant price distortions.’”

— Mike Hunsberger, owner of Next Mission Financial Planning in St. Charles, Mo.

Robinhood
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already offered trading at 9 a.m., before the 9:30 a.m. opening bell, as well as after-hours trading from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The capacity to buy and sell from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. is happening now and all users should be able to do it in the coming weeks, a spokesman said.

Other brokerage platforms already enable extended hours stock market trading, such as Fidelity Investments and Charles Schwab
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