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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 exploring, developing and implementing new, sustainable means of producing energy.

The damage is done

It is quite clear that the energy sources that have powered the world since the beginning of the industrial revolution are finite and that non-renewable energy will eventually run out. While this might sound ominous, it is actually a good opportunity for well-established energy firms and sustainable energy entrepreneurs to generate new revenue streams from sustainable energy sources.

After all, the world will never stop needing energy. On the contrary, as technology advances and more aspects of our daily lives become technology-dependent, one can assume that global power consumption will likely continue to rise. Investing in sustainable energy solutions will not only be positive for the environment, it may very well be one of the most promising investment opportunities.

Cleaning up the future

So how can humanity restore the damage and set a course to a cleaner future? The answer is multifaceted. There are numerous industries that are part of the ongoing pollution of the globe, all of which now have players that are trying to reverse the damage. Some focus on energy production methods that are more environmentally friendly, as these become the preferred energy source in some countries², while others focus on improving the way existing industries produce and consume energy.

Naturally, an emphasis is placed on producing energy from coal and fossil fuel alternatives, such as solar energy and wood fiber, as they offer reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. These go alongside improved electrical infrastructure, that increases efficiency of energy consumption and is constructed using environmentally-friendly methods and materials. Another major cause of emission is the transportation industry, which is being revolutionised with an ongoing shift to electric vehicles and constant innovation in battery charging.

Investing in clean energy

As stated before, the sustainable energy sector is expected to reach a market cap of more than $2 trillion over the next few years. Naturally, as humanity progresses towards cleaner and greener means of energy production, the financial aspect of the renewable energy sector will grow, and an increasing number of investment opportunities will arise. To give its clients exposure to this sector, eToro created the RenewableEnergy CopyPortfolio, which offers a diversified, long-term investment strategy in clean energy. To follow its performance, you can add the CopyPortfolio to your Watchlist on eToro.

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The RenewableEnergy CopyPortfolio offers a thematic investment opportunity in renewable energy companies, comprising various stocks of organisations operating across multiple segments of the industry, in different locations around the world.

The Portfolio was created with diversity in mind, offering stocks from solar energy pioneers, such as SolarEdge, waste management companies, such as Renewi, and several other companies covering sectors relevant to the sustainable energy industry.

Sources:

https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/renewable-energy-market

https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/industry/power-and-utilities/global-renewable-energy-trends.html

This content is intended for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice or investment recommendation. Past performance is not an indication of future results.

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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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