• Dash, is short for “Digital Cash”, and it aims to become exactly that. A pioneer in the crypto industry, Dash’s protocol is modeled after Satoshi’s original blockchain and adds a few unique features for maximum speed, privacy, and lower transaction fees. Thanks to these innovations, Dash has the potential to become a true standard for transactions between individuals in a decentralized and secure manner. Not only is this one of the most well-established cryptos in

    eToro Market Research: DASH

    | 2018/06/20 10:00 pm
  • This is it. After months of wheeling and dealing in the UK government, Prime Minister May’s showdown with her own party comes to a head this evening. They’ve already decided that parliament should have a say in what Brexit will look like. Today we’ll get a better understanding of what level of authority that “say” will carry. In other words, do they have an advisory role or are they the decision makers. Opponents of the

    What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger

    | 2018/06/20 8:00 pm
  • Financial markets appear to be reacting to the latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China. It now appears that the United States may have the upper hand due to the wide trade imbalance between the two nations. Indeed, it would be very difficult for the Chinese to find $200 billion worth of US imports to curtail. Under the circumstances, I guess you could say that markets are holding up pretty well, as we’ll see below.

    Escalation Overflow

    | 2018/06/19 6:00 pm
  • Cardano is by far the most philosophical of all the blockchains in the crypto-space. Its protocol has been described as more of a batch of computer science principles, than a product with a roadmap. Like Ethereum, NEO, and EOS, Cardano is a platform for creating decentralized applications. It has some really smart people backing its development too, which is one of the reasons this brand new product was able to find it’s way into the

    Let’s Break the Internet

    | 2018/06/18 11:00 am
  • Finally some much-needed clarity! Just when some feared all was lost and crypto prices were showing signs of a potential plunge, some exciting news was delivered from the SEC in the United States, bringing with it the kind of optimism that we haven’t seen in months. The crypto markets are now celebrating and have given a strong push off the lows. It seems the title of yesterday’s daily market update “A Crypto U-turn” was more appropriate than

    Draghi Scores & Cryptos Celebrate

    | 2018/06/15 9:30 am
  • Another day another crypto related hack. Even though the volumes traded at the crypto exchange known as CoinRail are rather insignificant, it seems that alternative investors are taking this hack quite seriously.  Despite CoinRail freezing all trading and keeping its lips sealed about specific numbers, some reports indicate that about $40 million worth of tokens were actually stolen. Of course, these estimates were made using yesterday’s prices. Since then, the value of all cryptos has dropped by about 10%. Here’s a new

    eToro Daily Market Update: Derailed

    | 2018/06/11 5:00 pm
  • The crypto-community may have done a fair bit of Buffett-bashing and even a bit of Dimon-drubbing of late, but the fact remains that these two men are legends in the field of finance and possess vast knowledge and wisdom especially when it comes to traditional finance. This week, the dynamic duo published a brilliant letter in the Wall Street Journal urging corporate America to look past their own noses. The specific calls to action included asking companies not

    Think Long Term and Short

    | 2018/06/08 11:00 am
  • It seems in crypto it’s always two steps forward and one step back. Even though we’re seeing more clarity from global regulators and governments, it seems the banking world just isn’t sure how to engage with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.  On the one hand we see millions being invested into research and development new projects, yet on the other hand, anyone wanting to start a new business in the cryptocurrency or blockchain spaces is going to find

    Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    | 2018/06/07 12:30 pm
  • One thing that you keep hearing, especially from the ultra-wealthy and corporate spokespeople, is that bitcoin is useless but blockchain is revolutionary. So, today’s market update will be specifically dedicated to exploring this statement in depth so that you can draw some more informed conclusions for yourself and for your investment portfolio. Hope that you enjoy. As always, please feel free to send any questions, feedback, or further insight. Please note: All data, figures &

    Can Blockchain Exist Without Bitcoin?

    | 2018/06/06 1:00 pm
  • In the free democracy of the United States of America, almost anyone can run for president. Winning a presidential election, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. If you’re deep inside the crypto-space, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that John McAfee has announced his candidacy for the White House in the 2020 elections on a unique “crypto advocate” ticket. The man who created the McAfee Antivirus in 1987 has become somewhat of an

    The Problem with Democracy

    | 2018/06/05 3:30 pm
  • By the time I was old enough to enjoy the movie War Games, the graphics were already a bit out of date, but the relevance of the story is no less significant as when it first debuted 35 years ago. As the hero David Lightman discovers, war is a strange game, and the only winning move is not to play. It seems the current world leaders have yet to learn this lesson. This week the

    War Games

    | 2018/06/04 1:00 pm
  • Talk show television has never really been my thing so when I read the headline… … it didn’t even occur to me to actually watch the recording of this groundbreaking moment until a week later. For reference, here are the glorious 6 minutes on YouTube:   https://youtu.be/a7JQzSn8Ptg What I found most interesting was the way he introduced this amazing startup and only once he got into the technical details did he use the word “cryptocurrency.” Though

    The Ripple Effect

    | 2018/06/01 5:00 pm
  • If there’s one lesson we can learn from the Italian bond meltdown this week, it’s don’t panic. This is also the advice that is printed in “large friendly letters” on the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A friendly reminder that no matter how complicated things may seem and how there might be, we should always remain calm. In financial markets, cooler heads almost always prevail. A long-term, well-diversified portfolio will almost always beat the

    eToro Daily Market Update: Don’t Panic

    | 2018/05/31 4:00 pm
  • For those of you who don’t have any daughters between the ages of 2 and 20, let me set the scene… After her sister just accidentally cast a spell that turned the castle and surrounding area to ice, Anna set off to find Elsa and avoid a potentially disastrous witch hunt. After trudging through the snow for a while and falling in a river, Anna was relieved to find a local trading post and hoped

    Big Summer Blowout

    | 2018/05/30 10:30 am
  • Just as the market was digesting the harsh news from Italy yesterday, it seems another curve ball was thrown into the mix, this time from Spain. As we know, there was a setback in Italy, and though it seemed last week like they would be on a fast track to having a stable government, we may now be weeks, if not months away. Now, it seems that a rather old conspiracy regarding the Prime Minister of

    Playing with the Scales

    | 2018/05/29 12:30 pm
  • One of the biggest innovations of the new technology known as “blockchain” is the ability to transfer and verify ownership over the internet. So, it’s no wonder that the first ever all-blockchain public auction was recently held in New York. The event featured a total of 10 works including the original of this painting, known as the Fail Whale… It’s quite fitting that this piece is included in this symbolic event as it has been used widely throughout the

    Blockchain Art & Increased Output

    | 2018/05/28 1:30 pm
  • One of the trickiest questions I’ve ever been asked by a journalist was: Aren’t cryptocurrencies just an easy way for rogue governments to skirt international sanctions? I was stumped. Certainly, we can all see the value in a currency that operates independently of governments and banks, but does that mean that adherence to globally recognized standards is history? For the ICO market, we’ve seen that many of the more obvious scams were called out rather quickly by the

    US Dollar Unhinged

    | 2018/05/17 7:00 pm
  • As you may have seen or guessed, on the main stage at Consensus 2018 yesterday, our co-founder and CEO Yoni Assia revealed the next country that will be able to download the eToro app to invest their money in a user-friendly and social way. “If everybody had a broker, across the USA Then everybody’d be trading, like they do in UK You’d see em checkin’ their balance, and copying traders too China Russia and Europe, eToro USA!!” Just

    Cowabunga Dude!

    | 2018/05/16 8:00 am
  • The first day of the consensus event has indeed been extremely entertaining but the best is yet to come. Leaving the Lambo parade and fake banker protest aside, the panelists in the main hall have jumped right into the core issues. On stage with Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, Bitcoin core advocate Jimmy Song was notably upset over the over-blockchainization of the crypto space at the moment, particularly by corporations who, as Jimmy put it, are centralized by nature and therefore have

    That’s a Bingo!

    | 2018/05/15 3:00 pm
  • Excitement is in the air as leaders of the blockchain and crypto world gather in New York for the annual three-day Consensus convention.  Since its inception in 2015, the attendance of this conference has grown tremendously as has it’s seeming effect on the cryptomarket. Here’s a snapshot kindly posted to me by one of our users. The images are already flooding in on social media and hopes are high that this massive gathering of like-minded innovators will

    Support Is on the Way

    | 2018/05/14 11:30 am
  • Nope! I don’t care that all the cryptocurrencies are falling this morning. I’m just too excited.  Bitcoin fell below the round number of $9000 last night but that’s just a number. Another round number is $36,000, which is Tom Lee’s new price target. But what’s happening now is so much more important than any number. My esteemed friend Ran Neu Ner from CNBC just took a trip to the heart of crypto innovation in South Korea. You

    It’s a New Dawn for Cryptocurrencies

    | 2018/05/11 1:00 pm
  • A skirmish on the border between Syria and Israel kicked up concerns over the stability of the Middle East. @MatiGreenspan eToro, Senior Market Analyst In the dead of night, Iranian Quds Force in Syria lobbed 20 missiles at military targets in the Golan Heights. 16 of them missed their mark entirely and the other 4 were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The Israeli retaliation was swift and elaborate with the IAF reportedly

    Super Secure Thursday

    | 2018/05/10 9:00 am