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CRYPTOASSETS PROVIDE A GATEWAY TO INVESTING FOR A NEW GENERATION

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– Crypto investors diversified into stocks, commodities and forex –

Wednesday 27 February 2019

New data released by global multi-asset investing platform, eToro shows that the crypto boom has helped to create a new generation of investors.

The majority (73 percent) of new investors joining eToro in 2017 and 2018 purchased crypto. Of these investors, more than one in ten (11 percent) have since gone on to invest in other assets including stocks, commodities and forex alongside their crypto investment.

The move to invest in other financial instruments alongside crypto is particularly prominent in the younger generation, with nearly half (44 percent) of all those diversifying aged between 25 and 34.

Iqbal V. Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro,  from eToro said: “Everyday we read another story about how ordinary people, especially millennials, are not investing enough. Yet crypto shows us that if you can capture their interest then people will invest. Regardless of whether you believe in the long-term opportunity offered by crypto, it is worth us looking at what we can learn from these crypto investors, especially as we’ve seen that once they have dipped their toes into investing, some were then prepared to diversify.”

The move into traditional assets was seen all around the world, with 10% of UK cryptoasset investors diversifying into other investments alongside their crypto holdings. The trend was most pronounced in Italy and China, with 14 percent and 12 percent of crypto investors respectively going on to become investors in other asset classes.

Globally, the most popular asset class for crypto investors to try next was stocks, with one-in-three of these investors doing so. The UK followed this trend with more than a third (34 percent) of those crypto investors who diversified choosing stocks as their second investment on the eToro platform. 31 percent chose to copy the activities of other eToro users as their second action and 23 percent invested in commodities.

Of those that chose stocks for their second investment on the eToro platform, 42 percent were aged 25-34, possibly indicating a newfound popularity for stocks amongst younger UK investors.

Iqbal V. Gandham continued: “As an industry we need to rise to the challenge and work harder to engage consumers. For too long investing has been seen as the preserve of the wealthy and/or something that is too complicated for the average man on the street. Crypto changed that.

“We now have an opportunity to show those people whose first experience of investing was crypto, the other opportunities that exist. By making sure people can access all the assets they want to own in one place, we can encourage a new generation of investors to take more control of growing their wealth with a diversified portfolio of investments, including crypto.”

The data also showed that those buying cryptoassets held their positions for longer than other asset classes. Globally, crypto positions lasted 71 days longer than the next longest-held asset, ETFs, which could indicate a belief in the long-term investment opportunity offered by cryptoassets.

About the data

The above data is based on an analysis of users of the eToro trading and investment platform during 2017 and 2018. The eToro platform has over 10 million registered users.

About eToro

eToro empowers people to invest on their own terms. The platform enables people to invest in the assets they want, from stocks and commodities to cryptoassets. eToro is a global community of more than ten million registered users who share their investment strategies; and anyone can follow the approaches of those who have been the most successful. Due to the simplicity of the platform users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real time, and transact whenever they want.

eToro is regulated in Europe by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

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. Your capital is at risk.

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eToro first to give retail investors financial exposure to Facebook’s Libra project

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eToro, the multi-asset investment platform, today announces the launch of its latest portfolio, offering investors the opportunity to take a stake in the companies involved in Facebook’s Libra project.

Yoni Assia, CEO and Co-founder of eToro, comments:“The Facebook Libra project presents a seismic shift for global finance as it is the first time we are seeing a tech giant make a move into finance using crypto. We want to give people the opportunity to take a stake in it as in the past, only the private companies and individuals involved in these historic developments have benefitted from them. We want to change that. 

“eToro’s mission is to open up global markets for everyone and is the only place retail investors can get exposure to developing technologies such as the Libra Coin, via a managed and regulated investment product for free.” 

The portfolio comprises of the 13 publicly-traded companies involved in the Libra Association and as more companies join it, eToro will look to rebalance the portfolio, where possible. The minimum investment is just $2,000.

Yoni Assia added:“Our range of portfolios are about making it as easy as possible for investors to access the assets they want across a range of themes and ideas that they’re passionate about. That could be anything from renewable energy to big tech, from cyber security to the medical cannabis industry. Given the importance of…

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First wave of 120 ERC-20 tokens added to eToro wallet

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  • New tokens include two eToro stablecoins

eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announces it will add 120 ERC-20 tokens to its multi-crypto on-chain wallet.

The first 5 of the 120 tokens added to the wallet today are 3 cryptoassets: Maker (MKR), Basic Attention Token (BAT), OmiseGO (OMG) and two eToro stablecoins: eToro EuroX (EURX) and eToro US DollarX (USDX).

Doron Rosenblum, Managing Director of eToroXcomments: Adding 120 ERC-20 tokens to the eToro wallet is further evidence of our belief that one day all investable assets will be tokenized. One of the main barriers to mass adoption of cryptoassets is lack of access. Making these first 5 tokens available enables more people to transfer and hold them into a secure and regulated wallet. The next step will be adding more ERC-20 tokens to our exchange, which we plan to do in the near future.” 

ERC-20 tokens are used solely on the Ethereum blockchain network and must follow a set of rules so that they can be shared, exchanged for other cryptoassets or transferred to a crypto wallet.

The eToro wallet is a mobile application available via Google Play and the Apple App Store. It provides an easy to use customer interface and enhanced security. Multi-signature* security gives users the ability to see their on-blockchain transactions and balances without the fear of losing their private…

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ETOROX DEVELOPS CODE TO TOKENIZE ASSETS ON LIBRA BLOCKCHAIN

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Thursday 20 June 2019

Facebook’s Libra project marks a seismic moment for global finance. As the dust begins to settle after Tuesday’s announcement, both the crypto and traditional finance industry are busy grappling with the challenges and opportunities presented by Libra.

eToroX Labs Blockchain Science team, comprising Chief Blockchain Scientist Dr. Omri Ross, Peter Emil Jensen, and Johannes Rude Jensen, was quick off the mark to investigate how eToro’s tokenized assets (and the technology behind them) would work on Libra’s initial prototype, and how well it suited the existing specification.

Dr. Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, comments: “The prototype of the Libra blockchain – the testnet – launched on Tuesday and is in beta mode until the launch in H1 2020. We were excited to explore a test implementation of eToro’s tokenized assets on Libra in Move IR.”

By exploring Libra’s capabilities, and using Move IR (the intermediate representation of what will eventually be the final programming language), they successfully managed to implement an initial version of eToros tokenized assets on the Libra Network.

Using a previous specification targeting the Ethereum blockchain, the team wrote and executed a basic implementation for creating digital assets (tokenization capabilities) on Libra.

Top two takeaways:

  1. In Move, resources (data structure types) cannot be moved or copied — an extremely constructive and beneficial capability, especially for digital assets, since it prevents accidental duplication…
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