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Big banks, big opportunity? Earnings season kicks off

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Each quarter, publicly listed companies share their earnings reports with their investors and the general public. These reports provide insights into each company’s performance and more often than not, impact their stock prices. Over the next six weeks, companies will be sharing their reports for the fourth quarter of 2018 (Q4), with major banks kicking off the earnings season.

Reporting earnings in a challenging market

This earnings season has a very meaningful backdrop, as Wall Street has been heavily impacted by external forces recently. Firstly, the Fed’s drive to hike rates over the past year, with four rate hikes in 2018, has put pressure on the market.

Perhaps the most important factor causing Wall Street to struggle recently has been the rising yield of 10-year bonds. These bonds, issued by the US Treasury, present a relatively low-risk investment option and produce steady returns twice a year. When the interest produced by these bonds is high, it could push investors away from the stock market, as the safer option is now also high yielding. Recently, 10-year bond yields have been giving investors interest rates of 2.73%.

Entering this earnings season, many companies face the challenge of remaining a lucrative investment option for their shareholders. For some companies in the financial sector, this season might be especially crucial, as they have to recover from less-than-impressive results last quarter.

Banking on earnings

The last time around, several large financial institutions disappointed their investors by displaying subpar performance. Wells Fargo is one of the companies that is hoping for a turnaround. The financial powerhouse has been in a slump over the past several quarters, still trying to recover from a scandal of two years ago, in which it was revealed that its employees created fake accounts for clients, in order to meet sales targets. Last July, the company experienced a 1.3 % increase in its stock price, following the Q3 earnings report that exceeded expectations.

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Another financial institution that is looking to make a comeback is Citigroup, which experienced a 2.5% increase in stock price following its Q3 earnings report. However, the financial sector was not all negative last quarter. Morgan Stanley was able to beat market expectations and its share price spiked 5% following better-than-expected results. These financial institutions, alongside other major players, such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, have a lot to prove this quarter.

Investing in the financial sector on eToro

TheBigBanks CopyPortfolio is one of eToro’s first Market CopyPortfolios, offering investors a thematic investment opportunity in a fully allocated portfolio comprised of leading banks and financial institutions. Like all CopyPortfolios, TheBigBanks was created and is managed by eToro’s Investment Committee. The Portfolio is rebalanced periodically by the committee in an attempt to optimise performance.

The upcoming earnings season will no doubt impact markets, and since the financial sector is the first major segment to report, investors will be watching it closely over the coming weeks. To stay posted on recent and upcoming earnings reports, follow the eToro Earnings Reports Calendar.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. Data presented is less than 5 years old and may not suffice as a basis for investment decisions. This is not investment advice. Your capital is at risk.

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eToro’s new open-source programming language is first step in bringing $500 trillion OTC derivatives market onto the Blockchain

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-Lira is first project born out of eToro’s acquisition of smart contract company, Firmo, earlier this year –

eToro, the global multi-asset investment company, has today released the details of Lira, a new open-source programming language for financial contracts. Lira is the first step in bringing the $500 trillion OTC derivatives market onto the Blockchain by introducing a new formal contract language.(i)

Lira is a domain-specific language that can be used to write OTC financial contracts for assets currently on the Ethereum blockchain. It is both secure and easy to programme whilst guaranteeing self-executing global settlement and automated trade reporting and monitoring. It’s easy tracking and compression will enable better collateral requirement efficiencies. Furthermore, it is the first decentralised finance (DeFi) project that will look to expand the code across different blockchains now that it is open-sourced.

Yoni Assia, CEO and Co-Founder of eToro, commented: “Bringing the OTC derivatives market onto the blockchain will bring more transparency and capital efficiencies to the industry. Activities in the post-trade cycle, such as settlement and the clearing of derivatives, are both expensive and a source of systemic risk. We believe that blockchain technology can provide a secure execution environment in which settlement is guaranteed by design. That is why today we are introducing a new formal contract language – Lira. This has the potential to open up and transform the derivatives market.”

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eToroX launches new professional API trading program

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AlgoX Prime API introduced by blockchain subsidiary of eToro  

11 September 2019: eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announced the launch of its institutional-grade API trading programme, AlgoX Prime.

AlgoX Prime is the top-tier API program of eToroX Exchange, the eToro Group’s regulated and secure cryptoasset exchange. Employing the deep liquidity of eToro, tight spreads, and bespoke capabilities for cryptoasset trading, AlgoX Prime is carefully tailored to suit the needs and requirements of institutional-grade algorithmic traders from both the traditional and crypto spheres.

The program offers highly competitive fees, a free enterprise-grade market data package, and a high-quality, low-latency colocation service that incorporates professional-level connectivity, enabling direct access to eToroX’s dedicated, high-security data centre. The continuous and ongoing rollout will include an ever-expanding list of cryptoassets, increased volume from eToro, and much more.

From the Consensus invest:Asia event in Singapore, Doron Rosenblum, eToroX Managing Director, said “AlgoX Prime, our new API trading program, offers sophisticated trading capabilities to institutional and corporate traders. We believe that it will open the door for institutional traditional financial algo trading companies to trade cryptoassets, and by doing so, greatly increase market liquidity.” 

“The AlgoX Prime trading program aligns with eToro’s strategy of bridging the gap between blockchain and the traditional financial markets,” saidYoni Assia, CEO of eToro. “The ability to trade on eToroX using APIs will help…

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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.

USE ETORO’S CRYPTO TAX CALCULATOR

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.

FIND OUT IF YOU OWE TAX

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…

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