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New eToro Survey Reveals Strong Interest in Cryptoasset Education, Despite Market Downturn

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NEW YORK, NY — December 18, 2018 — A new survey from eToro U.S., a leading global investment platform, finds that despite a clear interest in investing in cryptoassets, education is the key barrier preventing online investors from purchasing the asset. Of all online investors — including those who do or do not currently invest in cryptoassets — 69 percent of respondents were interested or very interested in learning about it.

However, the nationwide survey of 1,000 online investors found that proficiency in the cryptoasset class is still low. Three-quarters of those who do not hold the asset class state that they are not knowledgeable about cryptoassets. Even among investors who do invest in cryptoassets, over one-fifth of respondents feel that their understanding is lacking.

eToro LogoGuy Hirsch, U.S. managing director, eToro, says: “Late 2018 has seen the cryptocurrency market take a huge tumble, but that has not stymied investors’ interest in the asset class and its potential. Online investors are still keeping their eye on cryptocurrencies, but this survey revealed that there is a serious lack of educational resources available to those who would like to invest in or learn more about crypto. As we move toward a future where assets will become increasingly tokenized, it’s important to give investors access to the resources they need to invest in the assets they want and truly consider cryptoassets as part of their long-term investment plan.”

Professional Crypto Education is Severely Lacking

Across the board, education is a key barrier preventing people from investing in cryptocurrency. Almost half (44 percent) of online investors state that education is the main reason for not trading crypto. This is true even among Millennials, who are more knowledgeable about the asset class than other generations. Forty percent of Millennials who do not invest in cryptoassets say that the lack of education is the main reason they do not invest.

Currently, there are limited resources when it comes to learning about cryptoassets. Investors who are invested in crypto mostly lean on observing their online trading platform (67 percent) and social media (43 percent) for guidance. Among social media channels, YouTube and online crypto chat forums are most used. When it comes to approach, those who currently invest, plan to invest or are interested in investing identified the following top three approaches to learning more about investing in crypto:

  • Start with a low amount of investment to test out the market (92 percent interested or very interested)

  • Watch an experienced trader to mimic their portfolio or trading patterns (85 percent interested or very interested)

  • Research cryptoassets using online channels (82 percent interested or very interested)

Despite the lack of knowledge and resources, 97 percent of both Millennial and Gen X crypto-traders are interested in learning more about cryptoassets, presenting a big opportunity to provide more formal training and structured resources.

Women Trade Crypto Less Than Men, But Not for Lack of Interest

blockchain startupsAcross all groups of online investors who do not currently invest in cryptoassets, the top three barriers to participating in the asset class are consistent: price volatility, fear of scams, and lack of education or knowledge. However, the top reason for not trading differed significantly between men and women.

While men identified price volatility as the top barrier to trading crypto (41 percent), over half (51 percent) of women identified the lack of education or knowledge as the top reason for not trading. For women, the lack of educational resources is significantly more likely to affect whether they will take advantage of the asset class than men (39 percent).

While female investors are more likely to state that they are not well-versed in cryptocurrency trading (76  percent vs. 54 percent male), this doesn’t mean that women are less interested in learning about digital currencies. Of those who do not trade crypto, men and women are equally interested in learning about it — 61 percent of both genders were interested or very interested in more education.

Hirsch continues: “The investment gap between men and women is still quite stark. There are many studies that indicate this, and we are beginning to see companies provide more financial services tailored specifically for women. With cryptoassets, we need to begin closing the gap now by providing education and resources so more women feel comfortable tapping into the asset class while it is still in its relative infancy.”

Desire for Financial Advice in Cryptoassets

When it comes to financial advice, Millennials are more likely than Gen X or Boomer online investors to also make use of financial advisors. While 19 percent of Millennials planned on using a financial advisor to buy or sell products such as stocks, ETFs, or cryptoassets, only 11 percent of Gen X and 12 percent of Boomers indicated the same. Looking six months into the future indicates similar results. Twenty three percent of Millennials plan on using more resources such as financial advisors compared to only 14 percent of Gen X.

The results were even more apparent for those who currently do not plan on investing in crypto. Seventy three percent of Millennial investors would be significantly more likely to invest in crypto if advised by a financial advisor, compared to 58 percent of Gen X and 49 percent of Boomers.

Hirsch concludes: “It’s very encouraging to see that Millennials are in favor of using financial advisors. This makes sense as the top of the Millennial generation is approaching 40 and is starting to accumulate significant amount of wealth and are looking at their investments over the long term. Financial advisors have a lot of opportunity to tap into crypto as an asset class. There is clearly a demand — especially among Millennials — to include cryptoassets as part of a long-term investment strategy.”

About the Survey

eToro commissioned Provoke Insights, an independent market research and strategy firm, to conduct an online survey among 1,000 online investors. The sample matched the U.S. Census for geography and age (20-65), to get an accurate depiction of the online trading community. To garner a sufficient number of cryptocurrency traders, the research oversampled cryptocurrency by 285 respondents. The survey was distributed in September of 2018.

Statistical differences between subgroups were tested at a 90% confidence level. Margin of error is +/- 3%.

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Amber Group Now Licensed to Operate in Hong Kong With Acquisition of Celera Markets Limited

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The acquisition enables Amber Group to conduct relevant regulated activities under the auspices of Type 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9 licenses from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

SINGAPORE, 14 June 2022 – Amber Group, a leading global digital asset platform, today announced its acquisition of Celera Markets Limited, a fully licensed financial group by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong. The acquisition represents a significant milestone for Amber Group, as it continues to strengthen its product portfolio to bridge the gap between traditional and digital finance globally.

As a licensed corporation under the Hong Kong SFC, Celera Markets is a discretionary asset management firm that engages in traditional securities and derivatives brokerage services, with an emphasis on algorithmic execution spanning global venues and asset management mandates.

The acquisition leverages the synergies between Celera Markets and Amber Group, as the latter sets its sights on broadening its advisory and deals offering for financial instruments while adhering to the regulatory parameters set by the SFC. Through the acquisition, Amber Group has secured five types of SFC licenses – Type 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9 – which allows the company to carry out a broad range of services including advising on and dealing in securities and futures contracts as well as providing asset management services.

Amber GroupThis is a landmark moment for Amber Group amid an increasingly complex regulatory landscape in the finance industry. The acquisition strengthens Amber Group’s foothold in Hong Kong, a leading global financial center and one of the world’s most active and liquid securities markets, effectively widening the reach of the company’s products and services to legacy financial market participants.

“Hong Kong holds tremendous strategic value as a key global finance hub, and we are proud to be integrating the best from traditional and digital finance as we expand our presence in the market. As an asset management player with a decade-long track record, Celera Markets offers valuable market expertise and TradFi experience which is critical to our global mission to facilitate the convergence of TradFi and digital asset finance. This acquisition also marks a significant milestone in Amber Group’s commitment to regulatory compliance as we strive to build institutional investors’ trust and confidence in crypto assets. As we continue to hold ourselves to the highest compliance standards and win the trust of an SFC-approved institution, we look forward to welcoming a new era of finance in Hong Kong,“ said Michael Wu, Chief Executive Officer of Amber Group.

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Introducing the Next Generation of Trading: EmpireChain Announces Unique New Feature That Makes Profitable Peer-to-Peer Crypto Exchange a Possibility

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EmpireChain platform is a breakthrough development in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. The new platform allows users to exchange currency and form a reliable trading community while earning profits by selling cryptocurrency at their own rates.

EmpireChain is now offering people a unique chance to enter the crypto space with confidence and start earning profits with little to no experience. The platform has introduced an innovative peer-to-peer crypto exchange feature that will break many boundaries, and open many doors for people who previously felt like they didn’t have enough money to invest in crypto.

In many African countries where people face a lack of online payment sources, EmpireChain will fill a big gap in the market by allowing easy online payment access to all users. By empowering a new generation of traders from all across the world, EmpireChain will diversify the cryptocurrency market with users who bring new dynamics to the table, thus becoming a stepping stone for the evolution of crypto.

Empirechain MabhenaEmpireChain founder Elson Mabhena has been proactively involved in the blockchain and crypto space since 2014.

He is passionate about helping people enter the crypto space and aims to spread his knowledge, skills, and his expertise to a large number of future crypto experts. Over the years, he noticed limitations in the crypto space that stopped some people from investing in cryptocurrency and making a profit. These limitations range from lack of money to be in a geographical location where reliable online payment options are not available, and many more. This gave Mabhena the idea to create a platform that is not only available to users from all across the globe but also allows them to exchange crypto, create a community and forge friendships with crypto enthusiasts.

A spokesperson for EmpireChain made an official statement for the press: “EmpireChain is an easy and innovative solution to the limitations and challenges that come with making a profit from cryptocurrency. For a long time, cryptocurrency has only been available to those who have a large amount of funds to invest, or those who have reliable online payment and crypto platforms available to them. With EmpireChain, a large demographic of people from many parts of the world will finally have access to crypto trading. They will also be able to take advantage of the peer-to-peer exchange feature to easily buy and sell currency.”

The spokesperson further explained the peer-to-peer exchange feature “Our peer-to-peer currency exchange feature is a profitable opportunity for traders who want to earn money daily by exchanging crypto or fiat on their own rates. EmpireChain gives users the freedom to use their trading skills to maximize their profits, which means ordinary people with no crypto background can enter the platform. By forming a community with like-minded traders, users can increase their trading knowledge while creating long-term business relationships that will be highly beneficial for them.”

With Arbitrage trading and convenient payments in local currencies, EmpireChain is also protected by Escrow to ensure that all users get their payments on time, without any delays or hassle. Furthermore, the company is also offering a unique giveaway for new users.

During its Pre-launch offer, EmpireChain is giving away free Shiba Inu coins to users who register on the company website and verify their details. This gives new users an opportunity to kickstart their crypto journey and start earning profits from the very first day.

Interested people can register now on the official company website at https://empirechain.net.

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Conflux Labs x ChainIDE: Hydra Developer Bootcamp

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Co-hosted by the Conflux Network and ChainIDE, the Conflux Labs x ChainIDE: Hydra Developer Bootcamp is launching its opening ceremony starts on April 2nd at 1 p.m. UTC+1. In providing cutting-edge knowledge to African developers, the Bootcamp is free to participate with a 7000$+ prize pool to be claimed.

The event is expected to provide African developers with a four-week free course, covering topics from in-depth Africa crypto industry analysis to intensive developer courses for all-level developers. The topics of the courses also cover the most trending fields like Metaverse, Web3.0, and multi-chains, providing both theoretical and practical knowledge to future Web3ers.

Guest speakers of the event include industry pioneers of blockchain technology and the African crypto market, amongst them, will be present the CEO of White Matrix, Global Expansion Manager of Conflux Network, founder of ChainIDE, founder of Lead Wallet, founder of Cassava Network, CTO of Quidax, founder of Blockchain Nigeria User Group, as well as the co-founder of GIGx. More industry pioneers are to be discovered in the short future.

ChainIDE is the world’s first cloud-based multi-chain blockchain IDE and has hosted multiple bootcamp events in collaboration with industry leaders including Binance. ChainIDE supports more than 10 well-known blockchain ecosystems including Facebook Diem, AntChain, Ethereum, and Huawei Kunpeng. So far, ChainIDE has helped developers in more than 185 countries, providing over 8.5 million smart contract compilation services and 70 million blockchain middleware traffic.

Conflux is committed to building next-generation blockchain infrastructures, and the Conflux network uses a scalable consensus algorithm based on the tree-graph structure. This solves the problem of wasted computing resources and reduced security caused by forking in highly concurrent networks so that consensus is no longer a bottleneck for blockchain performance. It is worth mentioning that the Conflux network has achieved a high throughput of 3000+ TPS without sacrificing any degree of decentralization, making it an industry pioneer.

Event Registration:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx-OzoePNhf4-w7uo6SAEPT_Ckw9JH7VccyuIq_9askqWF9w/viewform

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https://t.me/ChainIDEAfrica

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