So this will be the latest, most up to date material you could wish for. The first post describes what eToro trading is all about and will give you a basic understanding of how this works and the principles behind my investment plan, which utilises the Copy Trader function on eToro. The second article is an update I did in in which I go over all my discoveries, tips and tricks as well as mistakes!
Both of those posts are very valuable and still valid in Once you have registered for your free account, you can go to the Cashier section and upload funds in various ways:. Meaning the amount you send to eToro will be the exact same amount that shows up in your account. Yes, this even applies to PayPal and credit cards, in contrast to many other companies such as Ryanair who charge additional fees.
YES, eToro will verify your identity when you want to make your first withdrawal and all you need to do is send a scanned copy of your ID and sometimes proof of address. Each time I open a new PayPal account, they also ask for various documents, proof of company registration certificate, proof of address and ID — so this is totally normal and nothing to worry about.
In cases like these, sorry, but there is nobody to blame but yourself. An important thing to keep in mind with eToro is that you can only withdraw money to the same payment method you funded your account with.
Again, this is to prevent money laundering and tax evasion. To prevent this, eToro withdrawals must be made to the exact same payment method you funded your account with. I have personally made many withdrawals from my eToro account and have never experienced even a single problem. For those of you who are completely new to this whole concept , what makes eToro different from the hundreds of other online trading platforms is that they have a unique feature called Copy Trader. You can probably get away with just 3 traders but it will increase your risk significantly.
I personally copy traders at any given time. I do this just as a hobby and probably spend less than an hour a week on eToro. For people who can spend more time on this, I would recommend copying as many GOOD traders as you can find, up to the maximum allowed limit of They probably put this rule in the place to protect people from investing all of their bank in just one trader. As you have learned so far — my system is based on the Copy Trader function on eToro and more specifically — in copying multiple, low risk traders with established track records.
How do you find those people on eToro? Well there are various ways you can do this but my favourite one is to use the search function with advanced filters. Last year there was a period of several months where none of the filters were available and it was really hard to find traders using pre-set criteria.
All you have to do is click on People in the top menu and the default search screen will show up. There are two parts here:. You can use either of these two methods to find traders to copy. Personally I usually use the first method and then simply use additional filters on the side to further narrow down my results.
My strategy and investment principles are exactly the same as three years ago — LOW risk, long term investors with a proven track record. For the last few years I have managed to achieve this and I hope to continue for years to come. One filter you can instantly adjust is the risk score. I personally set it to the max of 5, to filter out any traders who follow a risky approach and invest large sums in individual trades.
Below the chart you can click on previous years to show full monthly data for each in the graphical view. So now, in , I would only consider copying traders that have a full set of stats from behind them. As for selecting traders to copy, please read my original eToro trading guide here , but just to update you on the latest indicators on the new stats page, here are the most important elements to pay attention to:. This is one of the most important numbers to consider and I usually try to stick with GREEN only , which means a risk indicator of , but in some cases I will also allow 4 or 5 at a max and this really is an exception to the rule.
Basically you want to stick to green for the most part, allowing some orange occasionally and never red Again, this is just another indicator that shows how safe the trader plays it. Apart from the Stats page, you also want to check out their Portfolio and especially the Open Trades page.
In Portfolio you can see which sector a trader mainly works in, whether he invests in other people too so copies other traders and what amount the trader keeps in his account at any one time balance. You can set a custom date range here with up to 3 years of history. But the stock market is actually something that could interest many people — people who have always wanted to invest in stocks but have been put off by the technicalities of the whole process.
You can also check out stats for each stock directly on eToro. Unfortunately they only show price history for the last year, which is a shame as I always want to see at least a five year trend and ideally — from the launch day of the stock in the market. I have been in profit every single year, using the Copy Trader system. When I first started this adventure, I was obviously very sceptical and anxious. Investing ten thousand in a brand new company at that time with a completely new, never before heard of copy trader function.
Well, this may not necessarily be bad news, but more of a realisation that my first year with eToro was lucky — extremely lucky! But yes, in year I made an accumulated return of I would have never been able to get close to such a return from a bank deposit, peer to peer lending or even from property rental. I do love easy income that comes from renting properties, even though the gain is not close to eToro. I also like playing with peer to peer investing, which is almost as safe as a bank deposit but with a higher ROI.
Yes, stock prices and indexes are rising, but for how long? Not talking about the current situation in Ukraine — how it will end, how it will affect all of us? Anyway, enough of my rant! This post is about eToro and how you can use it as an investment instrument. There are no strict formulas to follow to find investors to copy so I recommend you just get into it and get started! Best part is that IF you stick with low risk investors and diversify your portfolio across at least 5 different traders, losing your money just like that in a single day is very, very unlikely.
You should only invest money you can afford to lose. For some it may be a few hundred quid, for others — a few thousand. But the principle stays the same! I hope this was interesting to read, especially for people who are new to investing with eToro. When you sign up to eToro via my referral link, I do get paid a referral fee. But in no way that affects my review and thoughts about eToro in this article. All trading involves risk. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
This post is for educational purposes and should not be considered as investment advice. I have read your article it is very helpful. I have a verified account since I have sent them all the necessary documents before so I believe that I do not need to send the documents again while trying to withdraw money for the first time ,correct?
My second question is also about the withdrawal process. I have deposited by now several times some amount of money via my debit card. Reading the text this means the only way to withdraw money from my etoro balance is back to my debit card? If that is the case do I later need to transfer that money to my bank account from my debit card or can I spend the money straight from the card in shops stores etc?
Also if for example I fund my etoro account in the future via Skrill or Paypal that means that I have several options of withdrawing money Debit card, skrill, Paypal.. Thank you very much! I understand that eToro is an Israeli company based out of Cyprus. The FCA is about process control not financial protection. When i buy shares through an online broker, my money is usually in the shares which can be recovered in the event of the broker folding. I actually had this happen in the UK a few years ago.
It took six months but my stocks were reallocated and i even got my cash back the broker was holding. In this case it is not clear to me where the money actually is. The fact that i have to pay a weekend fee seems very odd to me. Everyone who invested in Madoff got paid right up until they didnt.
Yes, I agree — if you want to do classic investing in stocks, indices etc. But eToro is all about social tracing really, about copying other traders etc. I have read your article and many others articles as well on etoro platform. Everything about it looks satisfactory apart from withdrawals. Its one thing to make money and its whole different story when it comes to withdrawing it from etoro.
I have read a lot of negative comments about withdrawals when it come to etoro and most online trading platforms. Most cases i have seen are those who started with small investment ending up with huge profits and etoro being reluctant in allowing them to withdraw. I have my own demo account. I watch the investment like a hawk and that is how i made the said profit in 3weeks. Now given it is real money, will etoro allow me to withdraw my profits just like that?
I would like a detailed response from you as i believe that you might have the right answers regarding this issue i am worried about. Taking your advise, ill do my first deposit and try how it goes. What do u propose? Well i am not a person who points finger when all go south so advise me on this dude. Yes, if you do it by the rules, use your own identity etc.
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