Exchanges

Cryptocurrency exchanges or digital currency exchanges (DCE) are businesses that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies or digital currencies for other assets, such as conventional fiat money, or different digital currencies.  They can be market makers that typically take the bid/ask spreads as transaction commissions for their services or simply charge fees as a matching platform.

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List of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

1.  Coinbase – found here.

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Coinbase is an American organization that gives a simple User Interface for purchasing and selling Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash. The organization was established in 2012 and is situated in San Francisco, California.  Coinbase serves clients all around the world, not just within the United States.

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 2.  GDAX – found here.

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Owned by Coinbase, this American based company allows for a simple and safe way for traders of all levels to buy and sell digital assets online instantly across twelve trading pairs.


3.  Binance – found here.

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Based in Asia, Binance is a cryptocurrency exchange with primary attention on the Chinese cryptocurrencies.  Binance has its own coin, the Binance token (BNB), which is used within the exchange to lower trading fees.

Over 270+ trading pairs.

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4.  Bittrex – found here.

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Based in the U.S., this is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges.  With over 190 trading pairs, Bittrex conducts compliance audits on all new coin launches, ensuring that their users have the information they need to make informed trades.


5.  Bitfinex – found here.

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***Currently, Bitfinex does not allow U.S. based customers***

Founded in 2012, Bitfinex is a Hong Kong based exchange.  This exchange has been a leader in Bitcoin volume, as well as allowing the ability to margin trade and liquidity providing.

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6.  Bithumb- found here.

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Based in Korea, Bithumb provides real-time trading and offers the Korean block chain service allowing coin transactions of Ethereum (ETH), Dash (DASH), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Ripple (XRP) at the lowest transaction fee in Korea.

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7.  Huobi – found here.

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Founded in 2013, Huobi is a high volume Singapore based cryptocurrency exchange.  With a wide range of trading pairs, this exchange also allows for margin trading.

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8.  KuCoin – found here.

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Based in Hong Kong, this smaller exchange allows for trading pairs of the well know coins, as well as some lesser know coins, sometimes available right after ICO.  The use of their KuCoin Shares (KCS) coin which is used within the exchange to lower trading fees.


9.  OKEx – found here.

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***Currently, Bitfinex does not allow U.S. based customers***

OKEX is one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges.  According to coinmarketcap.com, in February 2018 OKEX had an $1.8 Billion daily volume.  OKEX provides derivatives trading services, algorithmic trading tools, digital asset development, payment wallets, and blockchain exchange products.

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10.  Upbit – found here.

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Launched in 2017, Upbit is a Korean cryptocurrency exchange.  The exchange was launched by Korea’s biggest messaging app developer, Kakao.  Currently, Upbit trades over 110+ pairs.


11.  Quoine – found here.

With offices in Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam, QUOINE combines a strong network of local partners with over 250 years of combined team experience in fintech to deliver best in class financial services for its customers.  Quoine successfully launched one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, QUOINEX and QRYPTOS.  They are currently building a global liquidity platform for all crypto investors, token issuers and a new generation of financial services customers.  Their Worldbook due Q2 2018 seems to be a game changer.

 

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12.  Circle – found here.

Circle is a peer-to-peer payments technology company, which in Q1 2018 purchased the cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex.  A U.S. based exchange, Circle allows for general buying and selling of a few main cryptocurrencies with fiat.

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13.  Poloniex – found here.

Poloniex is a cryptocurrency exchange, which in Q1 2018 was bought by Circle.  A U.S. based exchange, Poloniex allows for general trading, margin trading, and lending.


14.  Changelly – found here.

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Founded in 2013 with headquarters Prague, Czech Republic, Changelly, is a cryptocurrency exchange service between different cryptocurrencies.  The service offers an exchange of one cryptocurrency to another.   Changelly uses the best rates from many of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges to find the best partner in real time.   In other words, it is the middle man between exchanges for a fee.  Their solution is aimed for the novice who chooses to make a straightforward exchange without being too technically suave.  Changelly also allows for the purchase on Bitcoin with a credit card.

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15.  Coinmama – found here.

Based in Slovak Republic, Coinmama allows for the purchase of Bitcoin or Ethereum with a Mastercard or Visa Credit Card.


16.  Shapeshift – found here.

 

Founded in Switzerland in 2013, ShapeShift allows for the exchange of one cryptocurrency to another.  ShapeShift rates from many exchanges to find the best partner in real time.   In other words, it is the middle man between exchanges for a fee.  Their solution is aimed for the novice who chooses to make a straightforward exchange without being too technically suave.  The company does not collect personal data on its customers and during the exchange they never collect customer funds into company accounts, which is usually not seen in cryptocurrency exchanges.

ShapeShift’s Prism is a cryptocurrency investing tool which helps users invest in many cryptocurrencies under 1 account, similar to a mutual fund.  Users can change allocation percentages for a fee.

Prism is currently a closed beta, but you can register and most likely get an invite here.

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17.  Robinhood – found here.

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Rolling out in Q1 2018, Robinhood was a traditional trading platform which added cryptocurrency to their services.  With over 15+ trading pairs, Robinhood hopes to grow with their zero fee trading.

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