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Meet Belgian Popular Investor Catalina Norena who knows how to take advantage of market volatility

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Catalina Norena (@VIXGold) from Belgium is an eToro Popular Investor who likes to take advantage of extremely volatile markets by investing in ETF’s that are likely to show a profit when markets are down. Therefore, as her username suggests, she invests in ETF’s that track the VIX index or gold prices. She took the time to answer a few questions so that the eToro community can get to know her better.

65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. This is not investment advice.

1 – Please tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Catalina and I live in Belgium. I started trading 5 years ago as a hobby and decided to join eToro in October 2017. I became a Popular Investor in January 2018 and have currently become a Rising Star. I would describe myself as an organized, creative thinker. I like to explore alternative solutions to problems, and l to keep an open mind about what will work best. However, without strong and structured fundamentals, creativity cannot flow. I believe this is perfectly reflected in the way I trade.

2 – Did you have previous experience with financial investments before joining eToro?

Besides personal trading activities, prior to joining eToro, I also supported a trading team during my university internship (which mainly focused on trading foreign currencies). I have also participated in different trading competitions over the years.

3 – Why did you choose to join eToro?

I am a very social person and like to interact with people. When I learned about eToro, I was immediately convinced it would be the perfect fit for me.

4 – What are the three key benefits of using eToro?

First, I like how fresh and user-friendly the platform is. Everything is built up in a clear and straightforward manner.

Second, the ability to not only learn from other traders but to effectively copy their portfolios is very innovative.

Third, the interactivity of the platform also brings a sense of belonging and community, which I value a lot.

5 – How has eToro changed the way you trade?

eToro has definitely made it easier for me to trade. I particularly like the ‘One Click Trading’ functionality which, when configured correctly, makes it extremely easy to enter and exit positions.

6 – What is your type of trading strategy and what is it focused on?

I trade a system based on technical indicators mostly focusing on underlying volatility. I like to use a mid-conservative, trend-following approach. I trade SPX500, VXX, and Gold and usually keep my positions open for a couple of days up to a couple of weeks.

7 – What are the benefits of being a Popular Investor and what is your long-term goal as one?

The exposure you obtain by becoming a Popular Investor encourages you to put more time and dedication into the platform, which in the end makes you become an even better trader. You also learn a lot from the questions and inputs you receive from copiers and followers. It is very important to have a good trading system, but even more important to revise it whenever necessary.

8 – Do you have any advice for your copiers/users considering copying you?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When you’re copying someone, it is of vital importance that you can do that with a full sense of security and confidence. Transparency is key.

9 – What are your hobbies?

Traveling, reading, art, oil painting and, of course, following the financial markets.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% 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.

This is not investment advice. Past performance is not an indication of future results.

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As Brexit negotiations ensue, how will ongoing uncertainty affect the financial markets?

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The continued disruption could hold significant value to those willing to take advantage of this uncertain period.

Almost half of food manufacturers have said access to new UK markets will form a significant part of their growth strategies, with a further 46% citing export markets.

Technology will also continue to play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, regardless of a good, bad or no deal Brexit. For investors, a focus on tech could naturally lead to firms like Apple, Facebook or IBM.

Last year, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) said more than two-thirds of the revenues earned by companies listed on its FTSE 100 came from overseas. BHP, for example, is a mining company that earns 100% of its income from international markets. It produces coal, copper, iron ore and petroleum – even if the UK does stop needing quite so much of them, there are plenty of other places that do. Similarly, banking giant HSBC has a branch on most high streets and employs tens of thousands of people in the UK. But despite its huge footprint here, it earns 75% of its revenues from international markets.

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Blockchain project that incentivises people to test for diabetes by handing them cryptocurrency wins first GoodDollar hackathon attended by Israeli ambassador in Rwanda

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The hackathon for reducing global wealth inequality using decentralised technology was won by a prototype for a system that encourages citizens to be checked for diabetes in return for GoodDollar tokens

GoodDollar, a not-for-profit research hub that explores how decentralised cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may enable models based on universal basic income (UBI) with the central aim of reducing global wealth inequality, held the inaugural Hackinequality event in Tel Aviv on March 14 and 15.

The judging panel, after much debate, agreed that the three-person t2d team – made up of Jesse Medina, Lior Yaffe, and Yaron Shmaria – had done enough to see off competition from the other eight social impact projects.

The team won the US$2,500 first prize, though the money was of secondary importance, with their contribution for social impact by far the more valuable.

Winning for good: t2d, victors in GoodDollar’s inaugural Hackinequality event, celebrate their success alongside the judges and GoodDollar members after 16 hours of fierce competition (photograph credit: Ben Palhov)

Nine teams had 16 hours to work on their projects at the eToro offices in Bnei Brak, and their dedication was commendable. Most of the talented 35 participants – including programmers, analysts, designers, user experience experts, blockchain enthusiasts – burnt the midnight…

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eToro Officially Launches Crypto Trading Platform & Wallet in the U.S.

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Global platform allows U.S. customers from 32 states and U.S. territories to trade 13 cryptoassets with multi-asset trading to arrive in Q1 2020

New York, NY — March 7, 2019— eToro, a global multi-asset trading platform with over 10 million registered users, announced the launch of its platform and cryptoasset wallet in the United States. With the launch, U.S. customers with diverse levels of expertise can leverage eToro to collaborate with one another to find the best cryptoasset trading strategies in an environment rich with unconventional educational tools.

At eToro, you can share your real track record, portfolio, and trades with the community, allowing users to engage with each other on trading ideas that are executed using real dollars. For those new to crypto trading, the community and educational resources introduce users to this new asset class and the risk profiles involved in it.

Yoni Assia, Co-founder & CEO of eToro, said: “For the first time, Americans can collaborate with other crypto traders when making buying and selling decisions. Users can adjust their trading strategies by watching and…

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