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TGeneration moonshot: why young investors are not ready to give up on risk

By Madison Darbyshire

20 Jul 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

Experts say, there is a growing appetite amongst young investors for speculative assets. The Financial Times dives into why risky investments are so popular now.

With $1,000 in savings and two US government stimulus checks, Chris Zettler began investing in 2020. First he bought companies he knew, he says, “but then I got bored with it”. He moved on to call options in companies with volatile share-prices, riding the price swings. He used a win to buy 100 shares in the meme stock AMC at $30 in May and sold at about $65 in June.

The 35-year-old finance major at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, had a TD Ameritrade account that allowed him to trade on margin (borrowing money from the brokerage to amplify potential returns) and place nearly $8,000 in bets with his original $4,000 of capital. He turned that into $18,000.

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