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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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Case for Universal Basic Income Gains Strength As Recession Fears Deepen

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Britain’s protracted and problematic Brexit from the European Union, coupled with China’s falling exports and America’s record trade deficit, has deepened fears of a recession at the start of 2019.

Those looking beyond the doom and gloom believe the case for universal basic income (UBI) is getting stronger by the day – and now technological advancements are making it a viable option, moving it from theory to reality.

UBI is a revolutionary economic concept whereby every individual is granted a fixed, minimum wage to cover basic needs. With the threat of a global financial crisis, projects that explore distribution mechanisms to assist the poorest in society are gaining interest and support.

For instance, GoodDollar, a research hub that is experimenting how decentralized cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may enable models based on UBI with the central aim of reducing global wealth inequality, is generating interest from all over the world. 

In mid-January, French crypto-finance website VideoBourse spoke at length with Yoni Assia, eToro Co-Founder, and Chief Executive, who launched GoodDollar at Web Summit in Lisbon in November 2018.

“GoodDollar is a non-profit project eToro is supporting,” said Mr. Assia in the VideoBourse interview, acknowledging that his multi-asset investment platform has committed an initial…

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From successful entrepreneur to successful CopyPortfolio investor: Meet Chris Hyland

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Chris (@ChrisHyland) from the UK is a successful entrepreneur who founded one marketing agency that went global and is now the head of another company he founded, The Happiness Index.  He is an active investor on eToro and a fan of the platform’s CopyPortfolio investment strategies. We asked him to answer a few questions about himself and his trading habits:

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. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in the UK in Sussex. I am an entrepreneur – at the age of 26, I started a digital marketing agency called 4Ps Marketing with a friend/ business partner. The agency eventually went global and was sold to a larger company, NetBooster.

  1. How did you end up building The Happiness Index?

Through experience at 4Ps Marketing, and having to deal with a lot of people, you kind of learn how important it is for people to be happy and motivated in their jobs. This is what our new business, The Happiness Index, focuses on. The mission is to change the world and redefine work/life…

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5 copy trends: The cringe, the funny and the awesome

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Copying other people’s mistakes can lead to ground-breaking innovations and even aid the human ability to adapt research shows. Even animals and birds acquire some of their vital life skills and knowledge through low-cost copying. That’s because the individuals we tend to copy are typically top performers in their field, so we automatically skip the time-consuming trial and error stage.

Copying is such a huge part of today’s society that we had to draw a list of the top 5 hottest copy trends that shaped 2018 and we expect to see in 2019.

1: China has created perfect copies of Europe’s prettiest capitals

China’s love for Europe has given rise to a bizarre copy trend known as “duplicature”, which aims to create flawless copies of foreign cities with impressive architectural heritage. Thanks to this, the Chinese have their own Paris, Venice, Barcelona and other European gems. In fact, the Chinese Paris has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. While, at first, these “fake cities” have struggled to attract residents, they’re full of the hustle and bustle of the city life today.

2. Food-inspired baby names

Choosing a name for a new baby is tough, so it’s not surprising that in 2018 parents have turned to favourite foods as the main source of namespiration. Topping this year’s most…

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