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35 new cryptocurrency fiat pairs added to the eToro platform

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We are delighted to announce the addition of 35 new fiat pairs to the eToro platform. This will bring the total crypto cross pairs to 44, providing our investors with even more diversification options and investment choices. The new pairs include major currencies from four different continents and six leading cryptocurrencies.

Canada

Cryptocurrencies have become extremely popular in Canada recently. Both traders and exchanges have grown in number, with Canadians afforded plenty of access to US exchanges as well. Fiat pairs, like the BTC/CAD and ETC/CAD, are among the most popular financial assets among Canadians right now. Canadian authorities have increased digital currency regulation and oversight over the last several years.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: BTC/CAD, ETH/CAD, XRP/CAD, ETC/CAD, BCH/CAD, LTC/CAD

Europe

Due to its monolithic size, the European Union can often be slow to adapt new rules and regulations to the constantly changing global markets. Thus, cryptocurrencies remain in a state of uncertainty, unregulated by ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority). This could change soon, with calls from leading political figures to clamp down on the crypto market with new harmonised regulation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Swiss Franc is widely available for crypto cross pairs, including the ETH/CHF and BCH/CHF.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: BTC/CHF, ETH/CHF, XRP/EUR, XRP/CHF, XRP/GBP, ETC/EUR, ETC/GBP, ETC/CHF, BCH/EUR, BCH/GBP, BCH/CHF, LTC/EUR, LTC/GBP, LTC/CHF

Australia and New Zealand

Unlike Canada and Europe, some countries in the Oceanic region are far more lenient when it comes to cryptocurrencies. The Australian government does not consider cryptocurrencies a legal form of electronic currency, allowing them to overlook many of the regulations and legal requirements that govern similar financial assets in the country. Some of the new Australian Dollar pairs include ETH/AUD and ETC/AUD. New Zealand is a different matter. While they are in close proximity, the two countries do not share the same outlook on cryptocurrencies. The New Zealand authorities treat crypto like any other currency, both in terms of regulation and taxation. There are plenty of NZD pairs to choose from, such as the BTC/NZD and the BCH/NZD.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: BTC/AUD, BTC/NZD, ETH/AUD, ETH/NZD, XRP/AUD, XRP/NZD, ETC/AUD, ETC/NZD, BCH/AUD, BCH/NZD, LTC/AUD, LTC/NZD

Japan

Perhaps the most interesting scenario for cryptocurrencies can be found in Japan. The Japanese government has granted the cryptocurrency community self-regulatory status, effectively allowing the industry to police itself. This makes trading the ETC/JPY and the LTC/JPY easy and convenient. Japan recognises cryptocurrencies as legal tender.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: ETC/JPY, BCH/JPY, LTC/JPY

More Options and More Opportunities

Our goal of providing additional fiat pairs on the eToro platform is part of our overall strategy of constantly increasing financial opportunities for our traders. The 35 new fiat pairs provide eToro traders with an extended global reach for their investments, along with increased flexibility for their trading portfolios.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Cryptoassets are volatile instruments which can fluctuate widely in a very short timeframe and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Other than via CFDs, trading cryptoassets is unregulated and therefore is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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Stellar now available on eToroX exchange

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eToroX announces new cryptoasset and multiple fiat pairs

7 August 2019: eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announces that Stellar (XLM) is now available on the eToroX exchange.

As of today, eToroX is making Stellar a base currency for trading pairs on eToroX. It will be tradeable against other cryptoassets and stablecoins. The pairs include USD (XLM-USDEX) GBP (XLM-GBPX), Japanese Yen (XLM-JPYX), Euro (XLM-EURX), and with Bitcoin (BTC-XLM), and Ethereum (ETH-XLM).

“We want to open up the tokenized world for everyone,” said Doron Rosenblum, Managing Director of eToroX. “eToroX is bringing crypto and tokenized assets to a wider audience and enabling them to trade with confidence on a secure and regulated platform.”

“We believe that blockchain technology has the means to include more people in a new financial world, who might have been previously excluded from it. Stellar shares this ethos, which is why we are excited to be adding it to our exchange and on-chain wallet for people to buy, sell and hold, 24/7.”

Stellar is an open source and decentralized payment network protocol with its own currency (XLM), which connects banks, payment systems and people, aiming to provide global access to low-cost financial services for all.

“It’s exciting that eToro has added Stellar Lumens as a base currency on the eToroX exchange,” said Jed McCaleb, CTO of the Stellar Development Foundation. “We believe…

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Are you an accidental bitcoin tax avoider?

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Are you one of the many millions of people who saw the price of bitcoin start rocketing in 2017? Are you one of the hundreds of thousands who bought in? Are you one of the thousands of buyers who is resident, for tax purposes, in the UK?

If your answer is yes to the last question, you need to take a deep breath and read on.

Cryptocurrency is still in its infancy as far as regulators are concerned, with few rules around what you can do with bitcoin and its peers and what can be done to you with it.

While it’s not the Wild West, you’re advised to use registered and regulated platforms, such as eToro, to trade and invest to ensure the best protection from scams.

But if those who make the legal application around burgeoning financial trends are a bit behind the curve, those seeking to tax it are not.

You might not be aware, but if the size of your pot of bitcoin – or other crypto – has risen considerably since you bought it, you need to be thinking about your potential liabilities to HMRC.

In December, HMRC published a list of ways your bitcoin can make you liable for a range of taxes. The main one for those who bought the rising bitcoin…

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Making the most of your bitcoin (by maxing your tax)

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Crypto enthusiasts will know that just because you didn’t know about the tax liable on cryptocurrency gains doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay it. Ignorance is no defence against the taxman.

But there are ways of reducing the tax you have to pay, and they are all entirely legal.

The main tax a holder of bitcoin is most likely to pay is on any gains made when selling the asset. This is called Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Like any investment, if you don’t do anything to make the value increase, it’s seen as something of a windfall – and the government wants a share of the action.

You are liable for tax on the gains you make selling cryptoassets for cold hard cash, exchanging cryptoassets for a different type (i.e. bitcoin for ripple), using cryptoassets to pay for goods or services or giving them away to someone else.

Importantly, you can give the cryptos to a spouse or civil partner and not be liable for gains… but you are just handing over the liability to them to sort out.

Also, don’t think you can just offload them onto a charity, as HMRC can take a view that you are doing it just to get out of paying what you owe.

However, CGT only kicks in after you’ve made…

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