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




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.


eToroX launches gold and silver stablecoins





– Broadens range of assets available on their secure, regulated exchange –

eToroX, the blockchain division of global investment company eToro, has today announced the addition of two commodity-stablecoins – eToro Gold (GOLDX) and eToro Silver (SLVX), two further fiat-stablecoins – eToro Ruble (RUBX) and eToro Yuan (CNYX) – plus 15 fiat pairs to its crypto exchange.

Commenting on the news, Yoni Assia, Co-founder and CEO of eToro, said: The blockchain brings transparency and a new paradigm for asset ownership. We believe this is the future of finance and we’ll see the greatest transfer of wealth ever onto the blockchain.

“One of the key obstacles that cryptoassets need to overcome for mainstream adoption is price stability. Stablecoins largely eliminate this hurdle, creating a more user-friendly way to interact with the blockchain. By adding eToro Gold and eToro Silver and expanding our fiat-stablecoin range to 10, we are demonstrating the vast potential offered by tokenized assets.”

The new instruments added to the eToroX exchange are:

  • 2 commodity-stablecoins: eToro Gold (GOLDX) and eToro Silver (SLVX)
  • 2 new fiat-stablecoins: eToro Ruble (RUBX) and eToro Yuan (CNYX)
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Simplicity, transparency and low risk: Here’s why Popular Investor Enmanuel Bautista chose eToro





Enmanuel (@big-profits) from the Dominican Republic has been in finance for all of his adult life. After reviewing several online trading platforms, he decided to focus on eToro, because of the platform’s ease of use and transparency. We asked him a few questions about his trading habits and strategies:

66% 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.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am Enmanuel Bautista from the Dominican Republic, owner of a leading online Latin loan company. I dedicate myself to the business of finance (personal loans) and trading. Since I was a child, one of my goals has been to be independent, and eToro has helped me achieve this goal. I have never been an employee and I have been in the financial business since I was 17.

  1. Did you have previous experience with financial investments before joining eToro?

Yes, I used to make investments in local banks and local exchanges. In 2010, I began buying my local currency pairs EUR/DOP and USD/DOP without leverage. After that, in 2012, I tested some online brokers (3 including eToro) with binary options and trading with leverage. Following a large loss with high risk trading…

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Basic Income Earth Network welcomes GoodDollar into community as first blockchain-based project at UBI-Nordic





GoodDollar reached a key milestone in early April by becoming the first blockchain-based project to present at an international Basic Income Earth Network(BIEN) event. The general reaction at UBI-Nordic 2019, held in Oslo between April 5 and 7 and hosted by BIEN Norway, was encouraging, according to Dr. Sarath Davala, Vice Chairman of BIEN.

“I believe it was the first time anyone from outside our regular basic income community made a presentation about blockchain and universal basic income (UBI),” he said of GoodDollar’s appearance at the three-day summit, a key event in the UBI calendar.

Strong starting point: Dr. Sarath Davala, Vice President of BIEN, said that GoodDollar’s presentation at UBI-Nordic was encouraging

BIEN was established in London in 1986 by Belgian political economist Philippe Van Parijs, and for over three decades its group of progressive-minded academics has promoted the idea of UBI.

That GoodDollar was invited to speak at UBI-Nordic and introduce itself to the basic income community, was a landmark moment for the not-for-profit research hub, which explores how decentralized cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may enable models based on UBI.

Like most members and affiliate projects within the basic income community, GoodDollar’s driving aim is to reduce wealth inequality – yet using a global-first approach. Dr Davala, the coordinator for India Network for…

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