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eToro announces GoodDollar experiment to reduce wealth inequality

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  • GoodDollar experiment to research how to reduce wealth inequality using blockchain
  • GoodDollar is an open source community project
  • eToro announces $1m in funding and calls for more ‘brains, ambassadors and funders’ to join the experiment

Global, multi-asset, investment platform eToro today announces the launch of the GoodDollar experiment with $1 million in funding from the company. The company is calling on more partners to join the initiative which aims to reduce wealth inequality using new technologies underpinned by blockchain. The experiment will research implementing a cryptocurrency that pays social interest to those who have less, and is continuously distributed to any verified participant for free, creating a global, open, universal basic income (UBI).

Yoni Assia, eToro Co-founder and CEO, said: “The success of new technologies should not be measured only by their ability to power new industries and disrupt old ones, but also on their ability to affect positive change in the world. Too often the tech world focuses on generating commercial value, rather than societal value. Technology should be used to tackle the great challenges of our time. This is especially true of blockchain, which has been harnessed in many creative ways, but hasn’t yet been used to tackle our really big challenges.”

The GoodDollar experiment is an open invitation for the global community to rethink the existing economic framework. GoodDollar aims to create a non-speculative cryptocurrency that aims to find ways to reduce wealth inequality on a global scale. It is geared towards a global UBI distribution mechanism that is deployed via smart contracts.

Yoni Assia continued: “Inequality is the crucial economic challenge of our time. In 2017 just 1% of the world’s population owned more than half of the wealth. With the rise of technology unemployment, the tech industry needs to find solutions for those with less to participate in the economy and pursue their purpose.

“We see a growing interest amongst tech entrepreneurs, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, who understand the challenge of global wealth distribution and want to create a research framework for how technology can help solve this issue.

“The merging of blockchain technology, growing support for UBI and the realization that wealth inequality must be reduced, may finally converge into a new global economic system that would give all humans the financial freedom to pursue their purpose and happiness.”

eToro Co-founder and CEO Yoni Assia first shared the idea of addressing wealth inequality a decade ago in an article published in November 2008 entitled ‘The Visible Hand’. Yoni’s vision is now being made a reality by a team based across Tel Aviv, London, and wherever the right expertise exists.

Yoni Assia added: “We believe that we can create a mass-market cryptocurrency that is engineered to reduce inequality and provide a universal basic income. Engineers, product designers and economists are currently developing the prototype. Today is just step one on a long, ambitious journey.

“I would like to invite more partners to join this important experiment. We’re looking for experts in the fields of decentralized identity, governance, local and global adoption of financial products, and wealth distribution. We are also on the hunt for ambassadors to help spread the word about the project, and for funders to help us deliver GoodDollar. So if you’re passionate about using technology for social good, please get in touch.”

* Source: Credit Suisse Wealth Report, November 2017. As of October 2018, 0.7% of addresses hold as much as 87% of total bitcoin in supply – source: BitInfoCharts, October 2018.

Further information on GoodDollar, including how you can get involved, can be found here.

About GoodDollar

GoodDollar’s aim is to create a new economic framework with a cryptocurrency that is available to everyone. The cryptocurrency will be minted and freely distributed to any person, based on social identity verification on the blockchain. The currency will have a built-in social interest/inflation, which gives more to those who have less.

The project is funded through a $1m donation from eToro and incubated by the business in London and Tel Aviv. www.gooddollar.org

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.

About Universal basic income (UBI)

UBI is a revolutionary economic concept, that’s been discussed by thought leaders for dozens of years. In lieu of complex wealth programmes, which have many shortcomings, it offers a simple, yet powerful alternative: give any person, no matter who they are or what they do, a basic income on a regular basis.

This would help weak populations, who are constantly busy struggling for survival, in maintaining a normal living – allowing them more freedom to pursue productive and self-fulfilling occupations. Researchers argue that UBI programmes drastically limit extreme poverty, reduce benefit fraud, encourage greater economic participation and reduce wealth inequality.

Existing UBI programme pilots, which are being run around the world,  rely on government funding a basic income being provided through taxation. However, harnessing the power of blockchain for distributing UBI requires no government involvement, is not limited by national borders, and relies on constantly issuing cryptocurrency to verified individuals, using coding mechanisms that can be effectively protected from fraud.

The GoodDollar’s social interest rate mechanism represents a unique, economically efficient approach to creating a UBI.

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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:

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  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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