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Why be average when you can be extraordinary?

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In 2018, world stock markets went up. Then they went down, then up, then down and down again.

By the end of the year, the three major indexes tracking world stock markets were all flashing red. This means if an investor had decided to just purchase products that followed these indexes, they would have lost money.

The MSCI World Index, which – tracking the stocks in 23 of the most developed economies – is the financial sector’s “go-to” for taking the economic temperature, slumped 8.71%. Investing £100 in line with that index would have seen you finish the year with £91.30.

Not great if you are building for a financially secure future.

It is debatable as to whether these indexes should be used as a path for investors as the theory behind them is to demonstrate the overall movement of share prices. They track each company’s stock and do not either highlight more of the winners or dump those that are really struggling.

But there is another way to invest without blindly following these general ups and downs.

Our Popular Investors don’t just track the market. They make investment decisions based on financial and economic information and use their experience to gauge how external factors might impact a company’s stock price.

They get to know companies and if they like it or think it stands to do well after a government or world event, they can buy more of it.

If the don’t like it, they can avoid it.

PIs interpret the noise that is going on around us and use their knowledge of market sentiment to sell or buy stocks to make the most of the opportunity.

By providing commentary about what they are doing and why they gather followers who can make the same trades. Over the past three years, some of our most popular PIs have made positive returns on their portfolios, even when market indexes were in the red.

Followers watching and copying a PI’s actions can piggyback off their trades, but also learn to read and interpret the market through the commentary they provide.

There are no guarantees for anything in this life, but following the average usually only leads you to mediocrity – whatever that looks like. Our PIs want something better — and you can follow them as they look for it, too.

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As Brexit negotiations ensue, how will ongoing uncertainty affect the financial markets?

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The continued disruption could hold significant value to those willing to take advantage of this uncertain period.

Almost half of food manufacturers have said access to new UK markets will form a significant part of their growth strategies, with a further 46% citing export markets.

Technology will also continue to play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, regardless of a good, bad or no deal Brexit. For investors, a focus on tech could naturally lead to firms like Apple, Facebook or IBM.

Last year, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) said more than two-thirds of the revenues earned by companies listed on its FTSE 100 came from overseas. BHP, for example, is a mining company that earns 100% of its income from international markets. It produces coal, copper, iron ore and petroleum – even if the UK does stop needing quite so much of them, there are plenty of other places that do. Similarly, banking giant HSBC has a branch on most high streets and employs tens of thousands of people in the UK. But despite its huge footprint here, it earns 75% of its revenues from international markets.

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Blockchain project that incentivises people to test for diabetes by handing them cryptocurrency wins first GoodDollar hackathon attended by Israeli ambassador in Rwanda

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The hackathon for reducing global wealth inequality using decentralised technology was won by a prototype for a system that encourages citizens to be checked for diabetes in return for GoodDollar tokens

GoodDollar, a not-for-profit research hub that explores how decentralised cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may enable models based on universal basic income (UBI) with the central aim of reducing global wealth inequality, held the inaugural Hackinequality event in Tel Aviv on March 14 and 15.

The judging panel, after much debate, agreed that the three-person t2d team – made up of Jesse Medina, Lior Yaffe, and Yaron Shmaria – had done enough to see off competition from the other eight social impact projects.

The team won the US$2,500 first prize, though the money was of secondary importance, with their contribution for social impact by far the more valuable.

Winning for good: t2d, victors in GoodDollar’s inaugural Hackinequality event, celebrate their success alongside the judges and GoodDollar members after 16 hours of fierce competition (photograph credit: Ben Palhov)

Nine teams had 16 hours to work on their projects at the eToro offices in Bnei Brak, and their dedication was commendable. Most of the talented 35 participants – including programmers, analysts, designers, user experience experts, blockchain enthusiasts – burnt the midnight…

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eToro Officially Launches Crypto Trading Platform & Wallet in the U.S.

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Global platform allows U.S. customers from 32 states and U.S. territories to trade 13 cryptoassets with multi-asset trading to arrive in Q1 2020

New York, NY — March 7, 2019— eToro, a global multi-asset trading platform with over 10 million registered users, announced the launch of its platform and cryptoasset wallet in the United States. With the launch, U.S. customers with diverse levels of expertise can leverage eToro to collaborate with one another to find the best cryptoasset trading strategies in an environment rich with unconventional educational tools.

At eToro, you can share your real track record, portfolio, and trades with the community, allowing users to engage with each other on trading ideas that are executed using real dollars. For those new to crypto trading, the community and educational resources introduce users to this new asset class and the risk profiles involved in it.

Yoni Assia, Co-founder & CEO of eToro, said: “For the first time, Americans can collaborate with other crypto traders when making buying and selling decisions. Users can adjust their trading strategies by watching and…

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