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When buying bitcoin turns you into a trader

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For most of us, the image of a trader is someone sitting in a busy stock exchange, looking stressed out and sweaty or with their head in their hands as the market crashes.

Or, they could be pacing up and down your high street bellowing “Buy! Buy!” or “Sell! Sell!” into a mobile phone, making sure everyone hears them.

But have you considered that you could also be a trader? If you have been buying Bitcoin, Litecoin or any of the others with the specific intent of selling when it rises, only to buy it again when it falls, in the eyes of some fairly important people, you might be classed as a trader.


Your capital is at risk.

These fairly important people are Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and if they suspect you are trading cryptoassets, there might be taxes to pay.

Unlike long-term investments, which the government actually likes as it ties in capital into supporting companies, currencies and other projects it doesn’t want to spend the money to do, trading is treated differently.

Trading attracts Income Tax, which is additional to what you pay on your regular earnings. HMRC doesn’t like people earning extra cash – digital, traditional or otherwise – and not telling it, so it could be worth checking up before you file your tax return. Just like your regular income tax though, you are able to offset it against some losses.

The good news is that HMRC has set the bar quite high. You would have to make lots of trades every day for the authorities to think you’re setting up shop as the next Barclays or Goldman Sachs.

However, if HMRC deems you to not be a trader, you don’t get off the hook for your dues. Applicable to UK taxpayers, Capital Gains Tax is due on all profit made from investments and assets that grow in value, is still due to be paid… and no, the Exchequer does not accept Bitcoin.

As cryptos are fairly new – to the powers that be, at least – there are few rules and regulations so far set in place. But it is important to note that these will be tightened up over the coming years and months as they become more mainstream, so keep an eye out for updates.

Check out eToro’s crypto tax calculator to see if you owe tax on crypto.

Cryptoassets are volatile instruments which can fluctuate widely in a very short timeframe and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Other than via CFDs, trading cryptoassets is unregulated and therefore is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework. Your capital is at risk CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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eToro Launches Sentiment-Based Portfolio for Crypto Investors

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eToro users can now invest in a professional-grade algorithmic strategy from The TIE

October 15, 2019 —  eToro, the leading global investment platform, announces the launch of TheTIE-LongOnly CopyPortfolio, offering users access to a sentiment-based, AIgo-driven investment strategy from The TIE, a cryptocurrency data analytics platform trusted by some of the largest traditional quantitative hedge funds as well as crypto-specific funds.

Guy Hirsch, US Managing Director of eToro, said: “In traditional markets, retail investors have historically lagged behind the ‘smart money’ when it comes to the data and tools available to them. This puts individual investors at a major disadvantage. In the spirit of crypto and decentralized technology, we believe that offering institutional-grade tools to every investor will level the playing field and democratize investing.” 

Cryptocurrency fundamentals are still maturing. They have no revenue, dividends or debt. As a result, social sentiment — people’s positive or negative perceptions — is a significant indicator of crypto asset  price movement. The Tie’s proprietary machine learning and language processing models ingest 850 million tweets per day, quantifying the positive and negative tone of conversations on Twitter. TheTIE-LongOnly CopyPortfolio strategy allocates based on positive sentiment, algorithmically rebalancing once per month.

Joshua Frank, CEO of The TIE, said: “eToro is well-known as a community where some of the smartest crypto traders share insights and strategies. We’re proud to offer investors of…

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Version 2.0 of eToro’s open-source programming language Lira developed to write options contracts

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8 October 2019: eToro, the global multi-asset investment company, has announced that Lira, the open-source programming language developed by eToroX Labs, has evolved to write options contracts on the Ethereum Blockchain for the OTC derivatives market.

Announced at a workshop at Devcon V, Osaka, on 8th of October 2019, Dr Omri Ross, eToro’s chief blockchain scientist demonstrated Lira 2.0’s new features, including writing options contracts. The Lira programming language, recently referred to* as one of the “most imaginative things happening in DeFi today” is one of only two such open source solutions on the market, and is all the more exclusive since it is formally verified.

Responding to the announcement, eToro CEO Yoni Assia commented: “eToro has long held the belief that we will eventually see all tradable financial assets tokenized. Lira, our open source programming language, is a step towards making this a reality, enabling the entire community to write and deploy secure financial contracts on Ethereum. The workshop where this was announced was a central event at Devcon, which is significant in demonstrating how the blockchain community shares our vision for open finance.”

Dr. Ross commented: “I am delighted to see the excitement of the community in response to this project. Developers will now be able to…

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Planning on joining the crypto revolution? What does it take to be a successful trader?

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The potential rewards that can result from successful crypto trading have led to a whole new type of trader entering the fray. Amateur and hobby traders have always been part of the market, but till recently, they constituted an insignificant minority. Yet a combination of new online trading tools becoming available and Bitcoin hitting the headlines for its meteoric rise in value a couple of years ago led to the world and his wife wanting a slice of the pie.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and inevitably, many got their fingers burnt and withdrew a little wiser, and often a lot poorer. That’s not due to any inherent fault on the part of the markets – we all know they can go down as well as up. It’s simply a case of inexperienced traders making poor decisions.

As with anything in this world, doing a successful job demands the right tools. Here, we take a look at what an amateur trader needs at his or her disposal in order to hit the ground running and avoid those early mistakes that can be so costly. We will also look at one particular provider, eToro, which has recently entered the US market and seeks to provide a one-stop-shop that delivers everything you will need. 

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