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Crypto Investor Toolkit

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Binance

Binance is a multi-language crypto exchange, which is currently the largest in the world. Users are offered a 50% discount on trading fees by paying with the platform's nativeBNB token.

Headquarters
Malta
Exchange Type
Crypto to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Crypto Traded
All major coins and hundreds of altcoins, including the newest
Fee Maker
0.10
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.10
Variable
%
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Bisq

Bisq is a unique open source exchange, which lets anyone buy/sell cryptocurrencies for other coins or fiat. The platform is maintained through a decentralised peer network.

Headquarters
Decentralized Autonomous Organization
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Β£ GBP
€ EUR
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin, DogeCoin, Dash, Litecoin
Fee Maker
Variable
%
Fee Taker
Variable
%
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BitBay

Born in Poland, Bitbay offers a fast, secure and global cryptocurrency exchange service. The platform also uniquely offers a cool affiliate program that can be used to boost profits even further.

Headquarters
Malta
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
€ EUR
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Lisk, Litecoin, Game, Dash, Xin, KZCash, Bitcoin Gold
Fee Maker
0.30
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.43
Variable
%
Starting Trade Volume (< 1.25K EUR)
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Bitfinex

Launched in 2012, Bitfinex provides user-friendly services and functions for crypto traders, both indiviudual and corporate. There are three main services: Bitcoin to fiat exchange, margin trading exchange, and a liquidity provider.

Headquarters
Hong Kong
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin, Monero, Litecoin, Dash, Ripple
Fee Maker
0.10
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.20
Variable
%
Starting Trade Volume (< 500K USD)
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Bitstamp

One of the 'Big Four' exchanges, Bitstamp has been around already for a long time and is a favorite among both novice and experienced crypto traders.

Headquarters
Luxembourg
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
€ EUR
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin (BTC), XRP, Litecoin (LTC), Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
Fee Maker
0.25
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.25
Variable
%
Starting Trade Volume (< 20K USD)
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Bittrex

Bittrex is one of the larger crypto to crypto exchanges offering a vast number of trading pairs into bitcoin, as well as a high turnover on cryptocurrencies. A number of additional features are offered such as digital wallets and trading dashboards.

Headquarters
Seattle
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Crypto Traded
BTC, ETH, and 190+ other cryptocurrencies
Fee Maker
0.25
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.25
Variable
%
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CCEX

C-CEX.com is a crypto to crypto exchange and a fiat to crypto exchange and offers an alternative to the mainstays of Poloniex and Bittrex.

Headquarters
Germany
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and over 200+ Altcoins
Fee Maker
0.20
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.20
Variable
%
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Coinbase

As one of the first platforms to adopt Bitcoin, Coinbase has grown in popularity since its introduction. It offers a user-friendly and beginner way to trade in 4 major cryptocurrencies.

Headquarters
San Francisco
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Β£ GBP
€ EUR
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin
Fee Maker
1.49
Variable
%
Fee Taker
1.49
Variable
%
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Kraken

Kraken is a market leading exchange and was the first of its kind to pass a cryptographically verifiable proof-of-reserves review. The platform also offers margin trading, whch gives users the ability to leverage an account balance on specific trading pairs.

Headquarters
San Francisco
Exchange Type
Fiat to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
$ USD
Β£ GBP
€ EUR
Crypto Traded
Bitcoin and Ethereum
Fee Maker
0.16
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.26
Variable
%
Starting Trade Volume (< 50K USD)
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Poloniex

Poloniex is considered to be one of the greatestΒ crypto exchangesΒ of all time, based on trading volume and user base. It displays a diverse set of functions and services. The site provides quality liquidity for the marjority of altcoins, which users can trade against Bitcoin.

Headquarters
Wilmington
Exchange Type
Crypto to Crypto
Accepted Fiat Currencies
Crypto Traded
Over 80 cryptocurrencies
Fee Maker
0.10
Variable
%
Fee Taker
0.20
Variable
%
Starting Trade Volume (< 500K USD)
‍
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Bread Wallet

New to the market, Bread Wallet is a simple iOS/Android Bitcoin digital wallet that makes sending bitcoins as easy as sending an email.

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Hot Wallet
Medium
Anonymity
Easy
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, BRD, XJP
+
  • Good privacy & security

  • Beginner friendly

  • Simple & clean

  • Open source software

  • Free

  • No web or desktop interface

  • Lacks features

  • Hot wallet

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Copay

Copay is an offshoot of Bitpay and offers a perfect entry-level wallet as well as extensive features for more advanced users. Its multi-signature wallet means it can be shared between multiple people.

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Hot Wallet
High
Anonymity
Easy
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Bitcoin
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  • Good privacy & security

  • Multisig transactions

  • Multiple platforms & devices

  • Multiple wallet storage

  • Beginner friendly

  • Open source software

  • Free

  • Can be slow & unresponsive

  • Limited user support

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Electrum

One of the most widely used Bitcoin wallets, Electurm is fast, secure and integrates with a range of hardware wallets.

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Hot Wallet
High
Anonymity
Difficult
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Bitcoin
+
  • Lightweight and easy to set up

  • Recover your BTC using a wallet seed

  • Relies on servers to verify transactions

  • Only supports BTC

  • Complex wallet

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Exodus

Exodus is a rapidly growing wallet that supports multiple assets and coins. Like Jaxx, the platform relies on a 12 word 'master seed' to resotre a wallet if access is lost.

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Hot Wallet
High
Anonymity
Easy
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
BTC, BCH, BTG, LTC, ETH, DASH, ETC, VTC, FUN, DCR, EOS, ANT, GNO, OMG, BAT & 15+ more
+
  • Good privacy & security

  • Beginner friendly

  • Intuitive

  • Easy to use

  • In-wallet trading

  • Supports multiple currencies

  • Open source software

  • Free

  • Hot wallet

  • No web interface or mobile app

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Jaxx

Jaxx was first developed in 2014 and serves not only as a Bitcoin wallet but an app which can store multiple cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Dash, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash. Jaxx also offers ShapeShift converter support!

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Hot Wallet
High
Anonymity
Easy
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
BTC, ETH, DASH, ETC, BCH, REP, LTC, ZEC, RSK, DGE, ICN, GNT, GNO, DGD, BCAP, CVC, STX, POE, MCI, QTUM, CFI, ART, PAY & 30+ more
+
  • Simple interface

  • Supports multiple cryptocurrencies

  • Potentially vulnerable

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KeepKey

KeepKey is a hardware wallet that stores and secures Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dogecoin dash, and Namecoin. The team claims the wallet is virus and malware proof because it does not have an operating system like a phone or computer.

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Cold Wallet
High
Anonymity
Easy
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Doge, Dash & others
+
  • 1 year limited warranty

  • Great digital display

  • Compatible with most operating systems

  • Secure against hacking

  • Limited password recovery options

  • Costly for an open source wallet compared to software

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Ledger Nano S

Ledger Nano is a Bitcoin wallet on a smartcard device, small format and low weight. Comfortable and simple to use, it can be connected directly to a USB port to manage an account, protect bitcoins and make safe payments.

❄️
Cold Wallet
Medium
Anonymity
Difficult
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
BTC, ETH, LTC, DOGE, ZEC, STRAT, XRP, BCH, BTG, ETC, DASH, KMD, ARK, EXP, UBQ, VTC, VIA, NEO, XST, XLM, HSR, DGB, QTUM, PIVX
+
  • Screen/device protected by metal swivel cover

  • Multi-Currency support

  • 3rd-Party apps can run from device

  • U2F support

  • When recovering wallet from seed, the whole process can be done from the device without even connecting it to a computer!

  • Fairly inexpensive (~$65 USD)

  • Not as advanced wallet software (no transaction labelling)

  • No ability to create hidden accounts

  • No password manager

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MyEtherWallet

MyEtherWallet is an open source interface that lets users create a wallet as simply as creating a password.

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Hot Wallet
Medium
Anonymity
Difficult
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Ether
+
  • Offline Github download available

  • Recorded private keys

  • Authentication layer

  • Steep learning curve to achieve security

  • Less accessible to non-developers

  • Only supports Ethereum blockchain

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Mycelium

Awared the prestigious β€œBest Mobile App” prize by Blockchain.info in 2014, Mycelium offers a fast and beautiful bitcoin wallet. What's more, the wallet has bank-level security and integrates with hard wallets.

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Hot Wallet
High
Anonymity
Difficult
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
Bitcoin
+
  • Good privacy

  • Advanced security

  • Feature-rich

  • Open source software

  • Free

  • No web or desktop interface

  • Hot wallet

  • Not for beginners

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Trezor

When it comes to storing large amounts of bitcoin, Trezor is a perfect solution. This hardware wallet can't be infected by malware and never exposes a user's private keys making it as safe as holding traditional paper money.

❄️
Cold Wallet
Very High
Anonymity
Difficult
Ease of Use
Supported Coins :
BTC, BCH, BTG, LTC, DASH, DOGE, ETC, ETH, ERC20, NEM, NMC, ZEC, EXP, UBQ
+
  • Good security & privacy

  • Cold storage

  • Easy to use a web interface

  • In-built screen

  • Open source software

  • Beginner friendly

  • Costs $99

  • Must have device to send bitcoins

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