This Thursday (8th November), I was able to visit Swissquote Trading Day 2018 in Zurich. The event aimed to provide insights into active trading and the financial world generally, while also offering a platform for networking among like-minded attendees.
Panel discussion on the future of cryptoassets at Swissquote Trading Day 2018
The programme encompassed a welcome address from Swissquote Director Giuseppe Tafuro, followed by live trading on European markets, a panel discussion on the future of cryptoassets, a market outlook by Sophia Wurm from Commerzbank and talks on robo-advisory, chart analysis and trading psychology.
As a translator specialised in finance and blockchain – among other fields – I relished the opportunity to learn more from industry experts and meet interesting people.
I have been assisting numerous clients in this space for some time now, including major Swiss banks and cryptocurrency start-ups, and the day served as a great opportunity for me to expand my appreciation for these sectors.
The main takeaways from the presentations were warnings to practise caution, as we approach the end of a record-long bull market for equities, as well as fascinating tips on managing emotions when trading in order to avoid costly mistakes (chief of which being to set target levels and stop-losses before you become emotionally involved in the trade!).
Listening to the talks and panel discussion, it also struck me how the cryptocurrency world is still in its infancy. Progress is being made every day, but general awareness and adoption have quite a way to go before crypto enters the mainstream. And that’s not to mention some of the misconceptions people commonly have – but this warrants its very own blog post!
Overall, it was a fantastic day packed full of interesting information. I look forward to attending similar events in the future!
Since January 2018, I have been supporting the crypto project SmartCredit.io with communications. I am now pleased to announce that I have joined their high-calibre team as an external member. This allows me to both provide the team with close ‘behind the scenes’ assistance and also continue to be available to other clients and projects as an independent translator and editor.
SmartCredit.io is a Swiss-based project aimed at creating the first decentralised system of crypto-credit money in the world. The team behind it includes veterans from the blockchain, finance, technology and artificial intelligence fields.
My editing and linguistic work so far has helped SmartCredit.io produce a compelling English-language whitepaper (available here), regular email newsletters and an introductory video – complete with voice-over (see here) – for the SmartCredit.io website.
This collaboration represents a great opportunity for me to further develop my existing expertise in blockchain – one of my three areas of specialisation (the others being online content and gaming). At the same time, I am able to do my bit in making financial services more inclusive for the world’s underbanked – those people who have no or little access to banking services.
For more information, visit SmartCredit.io.
The importance of presenting a consistent and professional brand cannot be understated. It not only makes it easier for potential clents to identify the brand, it also provides an opportuity to convey information about the service offering.
After already spending several years in the business without a logo or even an overarching brand theme, I recently decided it’s high time I created a uniform presence – from my website and email signature, to invoices and business cards.
Thanks to some amazing help from my graphic designer cousin, I could do just that. No flashy designs – simply a neat and professional look that clearly reflects the work I do.
My new business cards neatly display my logo and symbols representing my specialisations.
Besides the new logo, this new brand image includes symbols that represent my areas of specialisation: the Bitcoin symbol for my work with blockchain and cryptocurrency-related projects, the gaming controller for the gaming sector, and the computer icon for my specialisation in online content. These symbols allow potential clients to quickly recognise my areas of expertise.
In the last few weeks, I have therefore begun to update the look of my invoices, email signature, business cards and, of course, my website.
As anyone who has their own website will understand, this is very much still a work in progress; there is plenty of room for improvement here.
While the changes over the short term concern the harmonisation of my brand image, my plans for the medium term involve optimising the website for mobile devices. Although rather basic, my website does its job quite nicely on PC web browsers. The same cannot be said on mobiles.
What do you think of the new look? Do you have any experience optimising websites for mobile devices? I would love to read your comments.