In 2013, Sharon Connolly, then 44, found herself stuck in a “terrible financial predicament”.
She had just left a 17-year-marriage, which had left her in a financial mess. To compound her difficulty, she was living in Singapore, where she had no employment rights.
“I was petrified,” she tells Mamamia. “I’d given up my career opportunities to support my husband’s career. I felt like I was destined to move to a flat the size of a shoe box and a dead end job.”
It was quite serendipitous, then, that an email popped up in her inbox.
It was a $20 voucher for eToro – a global multi-asset investing platform that aims to open up global financial markets so that everyone can invest.
“It basically offered me $20 to invest in Facebook stocks.”
Sharon was sure it was a scam. But she was also desperately needing to be more financially independent, and so researched the platform to see how it worked.
“I withdrew the money out to test it, and then realised that this actually worked and that it was a very exciting opportunity to be involved in.
“The eToro platform enables people to invest in the assets they want, from stocks to commodities,” she explains. “The simplicity of the platform allows anyone to easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real-time, and transact whenever they want.”