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eToro and Mumsnet research reveals over half of Mums (55%) want to take control of their finances

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New research from Mumsnet and eToro busts the age-old myth that women aren’t interested in their own finances and investments.

In a new survey of 1,000 mums*, Mumsnet and eToro asked how they approach their investments. Research reveals just under half (47%) of respondents know a little or a lot about investing, while over half (55%) want to take control of their finances and invest on behalf of themselves.

The biggest drivers for mums looking to invest are to generate a long-term return (73%) and to save for their children’s future (71%). The research also reveals mums are more adventurous in their investment outlook than many would think.

When considering investment options, mums are already knowledgeable about cryptoassets. Four-fifths (4 out of 5) are familiar with the term cryptocurrency and 42% are currently invested or would consider investing in cryptoassets.

Today, 90% of female investors on eToro are invested in cryptoassets, with XRP the most popular cryptoasset. The top five cryptoassets for female investors are:

  1. XRP (56%)
  2. Bitcoin (15%)
  3. Ethererum (10%)
  4. Litecoin (6%)
  5. Stellar (3%)

Iqbal V. Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro said: “This research suggests that in many cases women want to invest but don’t know where to start. This no longer needs to be the case. Technology has transformed the investment world from a small, opaque club into a community that anyone can tap into. This should be to the benefit of prospective female investors.

Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet said: “This research shows that when it comes to investing, contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the men. Women are keen to understand their options when it comes to investing and more should be done to equip them with the guidance and knowledge to get started.”  

*Survey of 1,025 female Mumsnet users between 11 July 2018 and 30 July 2018. The data is not weighted

**eToro data as at October 2018

Cryptoassets are a highly volatile, non-regulated investment product and are not appropriate for all investors. No EU investor protection. Your capital is at risk.

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Cybersecurity took center stage in 2018 and could present an exciting investment opportunity

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Cybersecurity has always been a topic of importance for both enterprises and individuals. However, 2018 was riddled with events that highlighted just how crucial an issue it is, following privacy breaches such as the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal. With renewed interest in online safety and privacy, cybersecurity stocks are attracting increasing attention in the investment world.

2018 – the year of the hack

The attention to online privacy reached new heights in 2018, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which jeopardised the data of some 87 million Facebook users¹. The scandal put in question many of Facebook’s user privacy practices, resulting in Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress. A month later, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the EU, applying new restrictions on any entity that collects personal data.

The dynamics of online security

One of the reasons cybersecurity is, and will remain, a hot topic is the ever-changing nature of the online world. With so much sensitive information being stored in the cloud and on computer networks, the risks are ever growing and the need for effective cyberdefenses is ever present. From “simple” risks, such as phishing scams, to complex ransomware programs and crypto mining bots, each person and enterprise with an online presence is in danger of falling victim to a cyber attack.

The cybersecurity industry is huge, estimated at more than…

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Mobile payments is a big market – and it’s about to get much bigger

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In recent years, mobile payment has become a key method of online shopping and other forms of eCommerce. With more members of Generation Z, who grew up in a world where smartphones were not an innovation, but a reality, this segment of the financial space is expected to grow tremendously in coming years. With more smartphones in people’s pockets and an increasing number of countries shifting towards cashless economies, it is no surprise that many of the leading payment technology companies in the world are constantly working to introduce new and improved payment solutions.

In 2016, the mobile payment market was valued at $601 billion¹. By 2017, it grew to nearly $720 billion², and it is expected to cross the $1 trillion milestone in 2019³. Forecasts suggest that it will continue to grow, reaching anywhere between $2.7 and $4.5 trillion by 2023. This growth will be prompted by many catalysts, which will both get more people to use mobile payments and make it easier for existing users to conduct more of their transactions with mobile devices.

Going mobile

The introduction of mobile internet and smartphones placed mobile payment at the fingertips of billions around the world. As the industry grew, more users started using mobile payments, due to its seamless, frictionless nature. Moreover, using an application for making payments gives the user more transparency and control over their finances,…

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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

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