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REVEALED: 10 most popular stocks of 2021

A person holding $50 notes and a computer screen showing graphs tracking investment performance.
Aussies flocked to trading in 2021. (Source: Getty)

Australians jumped into the stock markets and crypto trading in a big way this year, with a massive increase in at-home investor numbers, largely thanks to COVID lockdowns.

And now, share and trading platform Superhero has released its Year in Trades report, uncovering the most-traded assets in 2021.

It includes both Australian and US companies that Aussies put their money into over the course of the year.


“Despite 2021 being yet another challenging year for many, our customers continued to invest with gusto,” Superhero CEO and co-founder John Winters said.

“We saw increased trades, not only month-on-month, but also week-on-week, as Aussies flocked to the market to grow their wealth.

“There was a clear trend across both Australian and US shares that Superhero customers invested in the brands they interacted with regularly. From Qantas and Kogan in Australia to Apple and Tesla in the US, our customers invest in what they are invested in personally.”

Most-traded Aussie stocks

The top five most-traded Australian companies between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2021 (inclusive) were:

  1. Zip Co (ASX: Z1P)

  2. Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT)

  3. Fortescue (ASX: FMG)

  4. Qantas (ASX: QAN)

  5. Afterpay (ASX: APT)

On the buy now, pay later battleground, Zip Co reigned supreme in 2021 as the most-traded Australian stock over rival Afterpay.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) was the most-traded Big Four bank, ahead of rivals Westpac (ASX: WBC), ANZ (ASX: ANZ) and NAB (ASX: NAB).

Lithium battery company Novonix (ASX: NVX) took home the title for Australian tech stock among Superhero investors.

On the resources front, Fortescue (ASX: FMG), Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) and Vulcan Energy (ASX: VUL) ranked as the most-traded companies (in that order). All cracked the top 10 Australian shares overall.

Kogan (ASX: KGN) was named the most-traded Australian retail stock on Superhero this year.

Most-traded US stocks

The top five most traded US-listed companies between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2021 (inclusive) were:

  1. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA)

  2. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)

  3. Lucid Motors (NASDAQ: LCID)

  4. Rivian (NASDAQ: RIVN)

  5. Alibaba (NYSE: BABA)

“Aussie investors quite clearly see the value of electric vehicles (EVs),” Winters said.

“To have three EV companies be in the top five most-traded US companies is huge.

“Tesla has led the charge for years but seeing Lucid Motors and Rivian also make the list showcases how Superhero customers back electric vehicles as the future.”

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