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Patience pays: Get to Know Popular Investor Reinhardt Coetzee

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Ask any trader and they’ll tell you: diversifying your portfolio is one of the best ways to reduce risk. If you’re curious about branching out to other assets, definitely check out Reinhardt Coetzee — this South African Popular Investor is proof that low-risk, long-term investing can really pay off!

Since joining eToro in July 2016, Reinhardt has kept his risk score low by focusing on stocks from well-known yet innovative companies which according to his own research have solid growth potential, and holding assets for an average of 6 months.

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Hi, Reinhardt! Thanks for chatting with us today. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 35 years old and live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I work in the industrial automation industry and specialise in the fields of software engineering, business intelligence & data analytics. Investing is an avocational passion of mine. I’m a technology enthusiast — or nerd for short — and I love playing around with and following the latest technological trends that are changing the way we live.

Did you have previous experience with financial investments before joining eToro?

I’ve been investing in equity funds like unit trusts and ETF’s ever since I started my first ‘real’ job and could afford to put some money away. Being a bit of an obsessive when it comes to investing my money, I would research how a particular fund was performing over time and look into things like the underlying asset allocation and detailed stats. Did I mention I’m into analytics? I soon started share trading online, investing in stocks directly and building my own portfolio and have become further involved in the world of investing ever since. I joined eToro in mid-2016 and quickly climbed the ranks to reach Elite Popular Investor status.

Why did you choose to join eToro?

I was looking online for an affordable and accessible way to get more direct exposure to US stocks. Trading international markets using traditional investment brokers can be complicated, non-transparent, and expensive. eToro just made it easy and accessible. I immediately loved using the platform, as it’s very easy to use. The interface design and user experience are great and then there is the whole social aspect to it — having the ability to interact with, and see what other traders all over the world are investing in, is quite amazing.

What are the three key benefits of using eToro?

There are many, and I think it will differ from person to person depending on their trading strategy. For me, the three key benefits have been:

1. Easy and simple-to-use platform with full transparency and statistics. I love stats.

2. Social interaction with a like-minded community of traders and investors — the power of the crowd.

3. Friendly and professional communication. When it comes to support issues and how those are communicated, or speaking with an account manager, I’ve only seen and had good experiences.

That last one might be more of a company culture thing rather than a feature of the platform, but for me, trust in the company you use to invest your money is just as important.

How has eToro changed the way you trade?

Having the ability to trade stock CFD’s, and more recently, directly in the underlying asset, while still being able to trade shares with fractional ownership means I can build out a well-positioned, diversified portfolio. This market-maker model eToro uses, allows me to continually reinvest in my portfolio, adding to existing positions and taking advantage of good buying opportunities such as during market dips.

What is your type of trading strategy and what is it focused on?

My portfolio is focused on maximum long-term growth. I’m not a day trader. I do a lot of research and reading up on each of the companies in which I invest, fundamental analysis, studying earnings reports etc. I’m also big on thematic investing — researching the technology themes, like AI, shaping our future and what that might look like in the next 5, 10 or 20 years and invest in the companies that stand to benefit the most. You also have to have a benchmark. I invest mainly in tech stocks so I use the Nasdaq100 index (NSDQ100) which historically has been one of the best-performing industry indices over any long-term period, which gives me and my copiers a good benchmark against which to compare my performance.

What are the benefits of being a Popular Investor and what is your long-term goal?

There is obviously the monetary reward for being a Popular Investor, receiving a percentage of my assets under management, which is a great incentive from eToro to be part of the program. Being a Popular Investor means I have a responsibility toward the people who have invested their money with me and I believe this has benefitted me personally by motivating me to do even more research and due diligence when comes to managing the portfolio. Also, I love the social interaction, and playing a bigger part in this awesome community has been great. My main focus and long-term goal at eToro is still to grow the portfolio, keep getting the best possible return, and to be profitable on a consistent basis for myself and my copiers. Hopefully, by doing that, I can keep attracting people to invest with me and remain a top-performing Popular Investor on eToro.

Do you have any advice for your copiers/users considering copying you?

Keep a long-term goal in mind. Equities, and technology stocks in particular, are one of the most profitable investment categories, but they can also be volatile in the short-term. The important thing is to stay calm and have patience. If the market suddenly drops, it can be difficult to stay calm, but just open up a chart and zoom out a bit — most times it will make the drop look like a small blip in the overall performance. History shows that even if you start investing at a really bad time, if you stick with your investment choices, you will be far better off than selling and investing in something else every time. This is how many people lose money in the stock market, which remains one of the best places to put your money.

What are your hobbies?

Then: Braaing (barbequing) with friends, traveling, gaming, and snowboarding when we get the occasional snow in Lesotho.

Now: Spending time with my wife and adorable daughter 🙂 When I get the time, slowly converting my home into a ‘smart’ IOT home.

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Bitcoin of 2020: On the Rise, Better Established, and Much More Stable

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Why Bitcoin is Continuing to Climb, from More Solid Ground Than Ever

Last night saw Bitcoin once again soaring up the market, with a 6% increase over the course of three hours. This continues a fantastic start to the year for the world’s largest decentralized currency, which is up 30% since January 1st, and pulling along with it several other primary cryptocurrencies, including Ether, Litecoin, Ripple, and Dash.

A Significant Moment for Bitcoin

January 2020 is certainly proving highly significant for Bitcoin. The sharp increases and painful falls of the past pale into comparison with now, as the current increase seems to come from a far better-established position with much more stability. Furthermore, the activity around Bitcoin is expanding in exchanges, banks, and other financial institutions, together with its legitimacy and relevancy.

World Economic Forum 

Last week, at the World Economic Forum annual summit at Davos, Switzerland, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology were honored guests. Many of the billionaires, bankers and treasury ministers who gathered in Davos are still fairly skeptical about the decentralized economy, but despite this, they also realize that they cannot stop it.

The World Descends into Chaos, And Bitcoin is on the Rise

It seems that the more agitated the world agenda, the more Bitcoin’s popularity grows, and strengthens its status as a…

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World’s Richest 22 Men Are Worth The Same As All 325 Million Women In Africa — New Oxfam Report Reveals

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“Wealth inequality remains shockingly high.” This is the sobering conclusion of Oxfam’s latest report, published on the eve of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020.

The 162 richest people on the planet boast the same wealth as the poorest 50 percent — 3.85 billion — in the world.

From Tuesday, January 21, close to 3,000 delegates — including 53 heads of state — from 117 countries, will participate in the WEF summit in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. According to the website blurb, the WEF Annual Meeting is “the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year”.

This year’s topic, for the great and the good of the business world and politics, is “stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world”. While the hellish fires raging in Australia fan the flames for climate change, the perverse irony that most of the 774 public speakers will have been flown into the summit will not be lost on the people who are truly concerned about the heating of the world.

Similarly, that many of the wealthiest people in the world will gather to no doubt use the WEF platform to further boost their richest, through additional business deals and contacts, while…

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Cryptocurrency Prices Rally Towards Double-Digit Gains in 2020

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The cryptocurrency market has started 2020 with a huge bang, expanding by an impressive 23% within the first two weeks of the year. The overall market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market – a measure of the size of the market – has grown from $192 billion at the start of the year, to well over $240 billion by the middle of January.

Leading the pack is Bitcoin (BTC), which constitutes more than 65% of the overall market size. Going from just under $7,200 at the end of 2019 to a high of $8,800, Bitcoin recorded double-digit gains within two weeks. January 14 saw a spike of more than 11% in Bitcoin’s price, fuelling speculation that the two-year-long cryptocurrency recession could finally be over.

Bitcoin Price Chart

Among the many factors that contributed to Bitcoin’s price increase was the geopolitical upheaval emanating from increasing tensions between the USA and Iran, which led to a flight of safety capital by investors, to safe-haven assets such as gold. Already established as a manifestation of digital gold, it seems hardly coincidental that the prices of both gold and Bitcoin went up.

Another catalyst for the increase was the official…

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