Instagram Stocks and the Growth Giant Behind It

  • July 17, 2020

If there's ever been a good investment, buying Instagram stock is it. According to Bloomberg, Instagram's estimated to be worth more than a staggering $100 billion.

With numbers like this, you should be clamoring to buy Instagram stock or at least wondering how to get your hands on a piece of the profits. If you're nodding your head, you're not alone. 

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A little over two years ago, the mobile photo-sharing network Instagram reached the 1 billion monthly active user mark (TechCrunch, 2018).

With a user base and like this, it is no surprise that the Instagram app is one of the most popular social networks in the world. And their ad revenues are just as impressive! Not to mention the uncertainty of TikTok Stock - Instagram is poised for social media dominance. 

Does Instagram Have Stocks?

  • Instagram stocks would be as hot as the app if they had stock. Unfortunately for us traders we can't buy a ticker for Instagram directly. However, there is a way to get around this. Instagram is owned by Facebook. Therefore, by owning Facebook, $FB, you're indirectly owning a piece of one of the hottest social media networks out there.

In 2019, Instagram pulled in $20 billion. Yes, billion! It's projected that their Q3 2020 revenues could soar to as much as $7 billion.

Coupled with the fact that money is rolling in faster than during Pablo Escobar's heyday, owning Instagram stocks is every investor's dream.

1. Let's Talk Numbers

A little over seven years ago, in June 2013, Instagram had 130 million monthly active users. Since then, it's grown an impressive ten times.

That's a major milestone for the mainly mobile photo-sharing network! More than 500 million active users are using the platform daily.

At this point, it's safe to say that it's safe to say pretty much everyone is using Instagram. Ok, well, not "everyone," but you get my point.

So whether you want Popeyes stock price or Instagram stocks, as traders we're looking for what's hot and trying to make money on that.

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2. A Brief Overview of Instagram Stock

For those of you living under a rock, Instagram is a photo and short-video sharing social network. Founded in 2010 by Michel Krieger, a software engineer and Kevin Systrom, a former Google-employee, IG took the world by storm. 

Ironically enough, the idea came to Systrom during a holiday in Mexico. During this time, his partner complained that the photos on her iPhone 4 were not of a standard to share.

With no filters, I don't blame her. Kevin's solution was to apply filters to her pictures; which quickly became IG's selling point. Previous to the filter idea, Systrom and Krieger developed a location-sharing social platform called Burbn. With that, they added a photo-sharing feature, and IG was born.

In April 2012, Facebook purchased Instagram for a staggering $1 billion. To say Instagram was a hit is an understatement.

Instagram rapidly became one of the world's biggest and most influential social media platforms. By June 2018, the platform had hit 1 billion monthly active users.

Perhaps another critical point about Instagram is its role in 21st-century popular culture. Many popular users (the Kardashian clan, in particular) are dubbed 'influencers.' The name is apt, with followers of these popular users as they're being, well…influenced.

Too bad we can't influence some Instagram stocks into our portfolio eh? We have to look for shares of something else instead. But we don't have to look to far.

3. Five Impressive Facts About Instagram

  • Instagram has over 1 billion monthly users with more than 500 million of them using the platform daily (Statistia, 2018)
  • Instagram brought in $2 billion in ad revenue in Q2 2018 (Bloomberg)
  • If Instagram were a stand-alone company it would be worth more than $100 billion (Bloomberg Intelligence)
  • It's estimated that Instagram brought in $2 billion in ad revenue in Q2 2018; this could rise to as much as $7 billion by Q3 2020
  • Instagram helps 80% of users decide whether to buy a product or service (Facebook, 2019)

How to Buy Instagram Stocks

  • Sorry but you can't. But there's hope yet...Since Facebook owns Instagram, you can't directly buy Instagram stock. Like I mentioned above, Facebook purchased Instagram eight years ago for $1 billion. Shortly after, Facebook opened an initial public offering of over 400 million shares of Instagram stock for $38 per share. The main point here is that if you want to buy Instagram stock, you need to invest in Facebook.

“If you want to buy Instagram stock, you need to invest in Facebook.”

1. How do you Invest in Facebook?

Luckily, you can easily buy shares in Facebook. All you need to do is open a brokerage account, slip some money in and decide how many shares you want to buy. 

At the time of writing, $FB is trading at $269 a share. Don't let this deter you as you can control 100 shares for a couple of hundred dollars. You're probably wondering how that is possible? The answer is options.

Instagram Stocks

Options are relatively cheap and allow you to control 100 shares. If you had to straight out buy 100 shares at $239 that would be $239,000. I don't know about you, but I don't have that kind of cash laying out.

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Trading options don't need to be complicated. We will teach you, in easy to understand language options trading strategies that you can quickly learn and apply.

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2. Instagram Stocks Price

Since Instagram is not an independent company or listed independently on the exchange, it's impossible to estimate its stock price.

If you're looking for a social media company to invest in that isn't Facebook or Twitter, check out Pinterest.

3. Instagram Stock Symbol

Once again, we don't have an Instagram stock symbol. But, Facebook is currently listed on NASDAQ — American stock exchange — and has a ticker symbol "$FB."

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4. Picking The Right Trading Strategy

If you haven't purchased stock in your life or are contemplating trading, don't stress. Please don't get bogged down, picking the "perfect" strategy to win big.

Your goal in the early days is just to become familiar with the fundamental concepts of trading, which are similar across all securities. You want to know how to trade stocks with confidence.

“If you can learn one strategy, where you start doesn't matter nearly as much as you might think”

So pick one —the common ones for newbies are ABCD pattern, bull flag momentum, VWAP, reversal, opening range breakouts, moving average trend trading—and dive in. 

You can switch around later, as I did. Or you can try a few and see which ones "take" better with your style of thinking.

Me, I prefer reversal trading —it's cleaner and clearer, to my eyes, so I've stuck with it. Stop looking for the perfect strategy, just pick a one and stick with it.

What to Do Now?

Just like YouTube, there aren't any Instagram stocks. So what do you you do now? Just start. We have thousands of dollars worth of online stock trading courses available for free. Checkout the Bullish Bears on Instagram for hot stock charts and memes! 

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