The stock market has been reserved for elite and knowledgeable investors for much of its history. Throughout its life, the common consumer wasn’t heavily involved with the market, and a majority of investors consisted of large hedge fund managers and financial advisors.
It wasn’t until recently that investing has become more accessible for the masses.
A lot of the reason that it has, is because of consumer-based investment platforms. There are a few of these platforms, but the most notable, especially in recent times, is Robinhood.