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Catalina Norena (VIXGold) | Surprise on eToro´s Editor Choice list

VIX GoldIn recent years trading investing network eToro has grown to a huge social community of traders and people interested in trading markets.

One of the most popular features on this social investing network is copy trading which allows people to auto copy best traders.  Therefore you can search among hundreds of succesful traders and popular investors and create your own copy trading portfolio.

To make it more easier to find the right copy traders that suits best your investing appetite eToro introduced Editor´s Choice feature where eToro´s editors monitor hundreds of traders and popular investors and each month they pick and highlight couple of them. These selected traders has to somehow stand out from other successful traders, for example they gain triple digits profit in the last 12 months while their risk score remains very low.

Why am I explaining all this when this article is dedicated to Belgian female trader Catalina Norena (alias VIXGold) ?

Well, I was little bit surprised when I saw Catalina in eToro´s Editor Choice section.


Although her last 12 months trading performance statistics shows a very nice 36% profit (by the way many popular investors on eToro achieved higher earnings last year) , in reality she has been trading on eToro for  7 months only.  As far as I know I have never seen any trader added to eToro´s Editor Choice that fast.

I cannot come up with any reason why is that except one thing. Catalina is trading only ETFs and indices which is very unusual on eToro. Most of the eToro traders trade currencies, stocks, commodities and recently very popular cryptos. So I think eToro wanted to offer copiers a good trader to diversify their people based portfolios.

So we will see how VIXGold will continue and we will monitor her for sure. But let´s get back to what this article is intended for….review her trading.

1. Trader´s Introduction

As I already mentioned above, Catalina Norena alias VIX Gold comes from Belgium and she likes to take advantage of highly volatile markets. Therefore she invests only in indices or ETFs especially when markets are down and there is a probability of gaining some profit. Catalina invest in ETFs that track VIX index or gold prices.

According to her own words in her bio section she has 5 years of trading experience (outside eToro). Trading started for her as a hobby but later it grew into a big passion.

Catalina holds an advanced masters degree in Financial Economics. She admits that her trading system is build around only couple of assets, ETFs, VIX derivates and Gold as a result of which she trades only a small set of products.

Catalina says she is a huge fan of responsible trading and so she maintains her risk score at level 5.

Catalina closes her bio introduction with a statement that her trading aim on social investing network eToro is to achieve a monthly profit 5%.  That would mean if you start to copy her you can gain 60% p.a. Of course if she can achieve her goal.

2. Trader´s Trading Performance

Catalina has been trading on eToro for seven months only and gained 36% during that time which approximately equals to her promised 5% gain monthly.

trading performance

However 7 months is a very short time period to make any conclusions about her trading performance. So we might probably get back to her later to see how she will be diong after one or two years.

Anyway, so far she is doing very well.

3. Trader´s Risk Score

As promised Catalina keeps her risk score max. at level 5, which is a medium risk score on eToro´s risk scale.

risk score

But as you can see on the screenshot above, recently she was also able to decrease he risk to level 3 which stands for a low risk trading system. Thumb up for that.

Regarding her drawdowns, if you copy her you can expect (at least according to past results) to experinece maximum eleven percent yearly which is really acceptable.

4. Trader´s Popularity

vixgold copiersBeing on eToro´s Editor Choice list is a sure way to grow your copiers base very quickly.

Just look at the picture on the left and you´ll notice that Catalina gained 64 new copiers in the last seven days only.

That means that her copiers base grew by more than 50% in one week.

All that thanks to the fact she is on the Editor´s Choice list.

So currently as  write this article there are 186 people copying her trading activity and this number will probably grow very fast if she stays on the list for a while.

According to eToro Catalina Norena is managing between $100k and $300k of her copiers assets.

5. Trader´s Favourite Assets

I have already mentioned that her favourite trading assets are indices and ETFs that track VIX or Gold. Looking at her trading profile I can see that her most traded assets are VXX, XIV, GLD or recently she traded also SPX500.

6. Pros and Cons

In this section I would like to shortly list couple of pros and cons of this trader so you can better decide whether you give her chance to trade with your money or not.


– profitable trading performance
– low risk score
– trading only ETFs and Indices
– good diversification possibility if you copy other traders who trades stocks, forex, commodities or cryptos


– short trading history

7. Last Words

Despite her very short trading record this Belgian female trader Catalina Norena alias VIXGold has surprisingly appeared on eToro´s Editor Choice list which can be considered as a big honor. Only time can tell whether she deserves that or not.

However, from what we could see so far, her trading performance has been very good, her risk level is more than acceptable and her main advantage is that she trades assets other traders and popular investors on eToro tend to avoid.  So if you are looking for a good trader do diversify your people based copy portfolio Catalina can be a good choice for you.

Check her trading profile.

Warning: Trading carries risk. Only risk capital you are prepared to lose. Past performance in not an indication of future results.

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