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Long-term investment and a thirst for knowledge: Meet Popular Investor Maximilien912

Max (@Maximilien912) has been passionate about the stock market since high school and has been investing on eToro for 5 years now. He has a great passion for tech and his long-term strategy is to focus on companies that are either well-established or that he believes are about to show growth. We asked him to answer a few questions about his investment style and strategy:

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  1. Tell us a little  about yourself. What do you do for a living? For fun? Family?

I was born in France in 1989, and lived and studied in Paris until 2012. After I got my master’s degree in Web & Multimedia, I moved to Bangkok with my wife.

I am a web entrepreneur, specialising in SEO and affiliate marketing for more than 7 years now.

My hobbies include traveling around the world, playing and watching basketball, finding new lucrative investments and spending time with my family and cats 🙂

Today I am a Popular Investor on the eToro trading platform. I have made consistent and positive earnings on eToro for more than 4 consecutive years.

I have not always been a Popular Investor and I don’t consider myself a “stock market expert,” but rather, a value investor, who continues to learn and grow with the community, sharing the best of my knowledge and experience.

  1. Where do you do your research on the stocks you invest in?

I have a great interest in companies and businesses, so I can spend hours looking at information and data about them.

I use many sources such as Seeking Alpha, Reuters, The Motley Fool, Morning Brew, Macro Trends, a French forum for investors (Devenir Rentier) and even Wikipedia for basic information about a company.

  1. Did you have previous experience with financial investments before joining eToro?

I have been really into the stock market since high school and I started to invest as early as I could, using CFDs. When I discovered eToro back in 2014, I immediately fell in love with it. It’s the simplest platform to start with and it’s simply the best in regards to the social aspect.

  1. Do you have any specific profit goals for this year? How do you plan to achieve them?

My profit goal for 2019 is to achieve growth of at least +10% without adding any risk (as of now I am at +18.5%). I focus my investments on companies which I deeply understand and which thrive in their respective industries (great net income over the years and ambitious plans for the future).

My portfolio is diversified, with about 50 companies in many industries like Technology, Financial, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Services and others.

  1. Are there any stocks that you have your eye on but are not yet investing in?

Actually I have a lot of them 🙂

Here are some stocks/companies that I am watching carefully: Visa, Vivendi, Hermès, Kering, Yum, Nike, Microsoft, HubSpot, Shopify and Cisco.

eToro makes it very easy to follow them thanks to the Watchlist feature.

  1. What is your type of trading strategy and what is it focused on?

I prefer to use the term investing as I always buy stocks for the long run. I have a big interest in tech companies and I work with them on a daily basis, so I understand them pretty well.

I invest in companies that are already doing very well in their markets, or those which will thrive in the next few years.

Day trading has been heavily advertised to allow beginners to make “quick and easy” money – but the odds are stacked against them, like in a casino.

This is why I have built a long-term stock portfolio that is profitable, diversified and resilient.

  1. What are the benefits of being a Popular Investor?

Being a Popular Investor on eToro is a great opportunity. First we get rewarded with a monthly payment according to our AUM (assets under management).

As a voice to this huge community of traders, we are able to guide starters to make the right moves and get rewarded by copying the right people.

Besides, eToro offers a lot of support through its newsletter, this blog, webinars and meetups.

As a Popular Investor, my goal is to help my followers and copiers as much as I can, so that I can make them richer and increase my AUM.

  1. Why do you think eToro clients should copy you?

Copying my portfolio would be a great way to achieve  profitable and sustained growth over the coming months and years. As a long-term trader, I work strongly with safety positions.

Most of my investments are stocks, all in low risk conditions. I focus on companies with many consecutive years of positive net income.

A good beginning amount to copy me with is $1,000 or more. But around the world, we have different incomes, so if that’s not something you can afford, you can start with a minimum of $200.

66% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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