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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, with readily available data accessible anywhere, enabling them to track and manage their spending habits. The phenomenon grew to gigantic proportions, with sales events, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday bringing in billions in mobile payments each year.

But the market is far from reaching its full potential. Alongside obvious growth brought upon by more people around the world obtaining access to smart devices, there is also growing trust in mobile payment systems thanks to companies such as Square placing a strong emphasis on security and fraud prevention. As the industry continues to mature, it is likely to attract more new users.

Several recent innovations could bring new usability to mobile payments. Blockchain is becoming a global trend and several payment giants, such as Mastercard⁴, have already introduced payment systems based on the technology. Other innovations could include increased promotion of e-Wallets, such as Apple Pay, and removing global barriers using services such as Wirecard.

Meeting customers at the point of sale

But there’s much more to mobile payment than online shopping. Using a smartphone instead of a credit or debit card at a point of sale is a phenomenon that is expected to grow, with contactless payment technology making the process intuitive and simple, while giving the user real-time information about their finances.

As this becomes more widespread, it is likely that payment giants will try and leverage this form of interaction with the customer. Meeting a buyer at the point of sale opens up a myriad of business opportunities, since customers could be offered promotions and rewards relevant to them, based on their locations and even payment history. Combining payment technology with location services, artificial intelligence and big data, mobile payment could potentially have an even greater impact on in-store payment than it did on eCommerce.

Investing in the mobile payment industry

With such strong growth forecasts and many opportunities still untapped in the market, it is no wonder that many investors are eager to take part in this well-established industry. To help its clients gain exposure to the mobile payment market, eToro has put together the MobilePayment CopyPortfolio – a fully allocated thematic investment portfolio focusing on the mobile payment market. Using this Portfolio, investors can passively invest in the segment in the long term, with stocks from leading companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal and many others.

Sources:

https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/press-release/mobile-payment-market.html

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/mobile-payment-market

https://www.statista.com/statistics/226530/mobile-payment-transaction-volume-forecast/

https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/mastercard-opens-access-blockchain-api-partner-banks-merchants/

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eToroX launches crypto exchange including suite of unique stablecoins

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– Secure, regulated exchange to help traders access tokenized assets –

eToroX, the blockchain division of global investment company eToro, has today announced the launch of its crypto exchange – a secure and regulated trading venue offering a range of cryptoassets as well as a suite of stablecoins.

Commenting on the news, Yoni Assia, Co-founder and CEO of eToro, said: “Just as eToro has opened up traditional markets for investors, we want to do the same in the tokenized world. We want to bring crypto and tokenized assets to a wider audience, allowing them to trade with confidence. This is the future of finance. Blockchain will eventually ‘eat’ traditional financial services through tokenization.”

At launch the exchange will have a range of instruments including:

  • 8 fiat-stablecoins (eToro New Zealand Dollar (NZDX), eToro Japanese Yen (JPYX),  eToro Swiss Franc (CHFX), eToro United States Dollar (USDEX), eToro Euro (EURX), eToro Pound Sterling (GBPX, eToro Australian Dollar (AUDX), eToro Canadian Dollar (CADX)
  • 6 cryptos (Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Dash (DASH), BitcoinCash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC)
  • 37 pairs including BTC-USD, XRP-GBP etc.

The launch of the exchange is a natural next step in eToro’s blockchain journey which began with the work…

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Renewable energy offers a bright future for investors

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As humanity continues to evolve and technology along with it, there is one constant that cannot seem to be outrun: the dependence on energy. From the earliest days of cavemen discovering fire to today’s extensive power grids, energy has always been the lifeblood of human advancement. However, in recent decades, the downsides of producing these large amounts of energy have become apparent. From finite resources like fossil fuels, through the pollution brought upon by coal burning, to the dangers of nuclear energy – the world is in dire need of clean, sustainable energy in order to keep going.

Polluted skies and bodies of water, continued depletion of natural resources, and an ongoing increase in non-renewable energy consumption have brought the human race to the edge of catastrophe. However, there are numerous entities fighting these phenomena by creating new means of sustainable energy production and deploying significant infrastructure to support it. The world has run on non-renewable energy for too long, and a growing number of companies and governments are realising that clean energy must be more widely adopted.

The sustainable energy industry has the potential to completely revolutionise the global energy sector – and carries an exciting investment opportunity, as the renewable energy market is expected to reach a massive $2.1 trillion by 2025¹. It is no wonder, then, that both veteran energy corporations and innovative new companies are…

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35 new cryptocurrency fiat pairs added to the eToro platform

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We are delighted to announce the addition of 35 new fiat pairs to the eToro platform. This will bring the total crypto cross pairs to 44, providing our investors with even more diversification options and investment choices. The new pairs include major currencies from four different continents and six leading cryptocurrencies.

Canada

Cryptocurrencies have become extremely popular in Canada recently. Both traders and exchanges have grown in number, with Canadians afforded plenty of access to US exchanges as well. Fiat pairs, like the BTC/CAD and ETC/CAD, are among the most popular financial assets among Canadians right now. Canadian authorities have increased digital currency regulation and oversight over the last several years.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: BTC/CAD, ETH/CAD, XRP/CAD, ETC/CAD, BCH/CAD, LTC/CAD

Europe

Due to its monolithic size, the European Union can often be slow to adapt new rules and regulations to the constantly changing global markets. Thus, cryptocurrencies remain in a state of uncertainty, unregulated by ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority). This could change soon, with calls from leading political figures to clamp down on the crypto market with new harmonised regulation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Swiss Franc is widely available for crypto cross pairs, including the ETH/CHF and BCH/CHF.

The new eToro fiat pairs for this region are: BTC/CHF,…

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