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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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Stellar now available on eToroX exchange

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eToroX announces new cryptoasset and multiple fiat pairs

7 August 2019: eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announces that Stellar (XLM) is now available on the eToroX exchange.

As of today, eToroX is making Stellar a base currency for trading pairs on eToroX. It will be tradeable against other cryptoassets and stablecoins. The pairs include USD (XLM-USDEX) GBP (XLM-GBPX), Japanese Yen (XLM-JPYX), Euro (XLM-EURX), and with Bitcoin (BTC-XLM), and Ethereum (ETH-XLM).

“We want to open up the tokenized world for everyone,” said Doron Rosenblum, Managing Director of eToroX. “eToroX is bringing crypto and tokenized assets to a wider audience and enabling them to trade with confidence on a secure and regulated platform.”

“We believe that blockchain technology has the means to include more people in a new financial world, who might have been previously excluded from it. Stellar shares this ethos, which is why we are excited to be adding it to our exchange and on-chain wallet for people to buy, sell and hold, 24/7.”

Stellar is an open source and decentralized payment network protocol with its own currency (XLM), which connects banks, payment systems and people, aiming to provide global access to low-cost financial services for all.

“It’s exciting that eToro has added Stellar Lumens as a base currency on the eToroX exchange,” said Jed McCaleb, CTO of the Stellar Development Foundation. “We believe…

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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.

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.

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 bought the rising bitcoin…

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Making the most of your bitcoin (by maxing your tax)

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Crypto enthusiasts will know that just because you didn’t know about the tax liable on cryptocurrency gains doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay it. Ignorance is no defence against the taxman.

But there are ways of reducing the tax you have to pay, and they are all entirely legal.

The main tax a holder of bitcoin is most likely to pay is on any gains made when selling the asset. This is called Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Like any investment, if you don’t do anything to make the value increase, it’s seen as something of a windfall – and the government wants a share of the action.

You are liable for tax on the gains you make selling cryptoassets for cold hard cash, exchanging cryptoassets for a different type (i.e. bitcoin for ripple), using cryptoassets to pay for goods or services or giving them away to someone else.

Importantly, you can give the cryptos to a spouse or civil partner and not be liable for gains… but you are just handing over the liability to them to sort out.

Also, don’t think you can just offload them onto a charity, as HMRC can take a view that you are doing it just to get out of paying what you owe.

However, CGT only kicks in after you’ve made…

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