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Kraken
4.3
★★★★★
Finder score
Fiat currencies
7
Supported assets
207
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Our verdict

Trade over 200 cryptocurrencies on this world-class, global exchange.

Founded in 2011, Kraken is one of the world's oldest crypto exchanges. It operates in 190+ countries and caters to new and experienced crypto traders.

Experienced traders will like Kraken's charting tools, detailed order book and range of order types. Beginners will appreciate the app's user-friendly interface and availability of educational materials.

Canadians can earn a yield on their funds, primarily through staking. You can reach customer support 24/7 via live chat or by submitting a support ticket.

Pros

  • Supports 200+ cryptos
  • Easy-to-use for beginners
  • Advanced features for experienced traders
  • Quality educational resources
  • Filed for pre-registration with the Ontario Securities Commission (as of 2023)

Cons

  • No margin or futures trading in Canada
  • Can take days to verify Pro accounts
  • Non-competitive fees (but you can get discounts for high-volume trades)

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Product details

Product Name Kraken
Fiat Currencies USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, GBP, CHF, JPY
Cryptocurrencies BTC, ETH, SOL, USDC, XRP, ADA, SHIB, AVAX, TRX, BCH & 197 more
Deposit Methods Bank transfer
Credit card
Cryptocurrency
Debit card
Apple Pay
Google Pay
Trading Fee Maker (Pro account): 0.00%-0.25%
Taker (Pro account): 0.10%-0.40%
Deposit Fees Interac e-transfer: 0.5%
Apple Pay/Google Pay: Free
Crypto: Free for most cryptos
Wire transfers: $0-$3
Canada Post cash/debit: $5.20+0.25%
Withdrawal Fees Interact e-transfer: $10 CAD
EFT: 0.35%
Wire: $0-$35
Crypto: Fees vary

Ratings methodology - how we scored Kraken

Supported cryptocurrencies ★★★★★
Transferring money or assets ★★★★★
Fees and costs ★★★★★
Ease of use ★★★★★
Customer service ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Staking/earn ★★★★★
Trustworthiness/security ★★★★★

How we rate our crypto exchanges and platforms

Finder's editors objectively assess each platform across a spectrum of performance metrics using a system of 1 to 5 stars, which are designed to help you assess a crypto platform's strengths and weaknesses. You can read our full methodology here.

Our score and selection of the best crypto exchanges is based on the same criteria as our annual Crypto Trading Platform Awards, updated by our editorial team throughout the year to reflect changes in the market.

About Kraken — company background

Kraken is a US-based cryptocurrency exchange that was launched in 2013 in San Francisco.

It is one of the longest running platforms in the industry. It has maintained its legacy status by educating users, shaping industry policy and being highly active in regulatory discourse.

Kraken is registered as a Money Services Business (MSB) with FinCEN in the US and FINTRAC in Canada. It's registered as a Digital Currency Exchange (DCE) with AUSTRAC in Australia.

Listed Kraken crypto exchange assets

Kraken supports over 207 cryptocurrencies, but some notable assets are missing. Namely, BNB, Lido Staked Ether and Toncoin, which are in the top 20 cryptos by market cap. In total, 16 of the top 20 cryptos are available on Kraken.

Popular assets on Kraken
supports
Bitcoin (BTC)
supports
Ethereum (ETH)
supports
Tether (USDT)
does not support
BNB (BNB)
supports
Solana (SOL)
does not support
Lido Staked Ether (STETH)
supports
USDC (USDC)
supports
XRP (XRP)
supports
Dogecoin (DOGE)
does not support
Toncoin (TON)
supports
Cardano (ADA)
supports
Shiba Inu (SHIB)
supports
Avalanche (AVAX)
supports
TRON (TRX)
does not support
Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC)
supports
Chainlink (LINK)
supports
Polkadot (DOT)
supports
Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
supports
Uniswap (UNI)
supports
Litecoin (LTC)

Kraken fees

Kraken charges a $5.20+0.25% fee for canada post cash/debit deposits and a 0.5% fee for interac e-transfer deposits. Wire transfers, crypto and apple pay/google pay deposits are free for folks in Canada.

Deposit & withdrawals fees

Transaction type Fee
Deposit funds Interac e-transfer: 0.5%
Apple Pay/Google Pay: Free
Crypto: Free for most cryptos
Wire transfers: $0-$3
Canada Post cash/debit: $5.20+0.25%
Withdraw funds Interact e-transfer: $10 CAD
EFT: 0.35%
Wire: $0-$35
Crypto: Fees vary

Kraken uses a maker taker fee structure for spot market trading. Instant purchases incur a separate fee.

Type Fee
Maker 0.10%-0.40% (Pro account)
Taker 0.00%-0.25% (Pro account)

Maker fee explained. A maker fee is the fee charged when you propose an order for other traders to take. In other words, this fee is charged when you place a limit order to sell an asset, but that order is not filled immediately.

Taker fee explained. A taker fee is a fee charged when a buy order is matched immediately with a sell order on the books. This is the fee charged when you place a market buy order.

Kraken deposit methods

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Debit card
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay

How to sign up on Kraken exchange

Before you can even get started trading on Kraken, you have to go through the rigorous verification process (which usually involves providing proof of identification). This can take time. The reason for this is Kraken's commitment to certifications and compliance with regulations and insurers.

  1. Get started
    After selecting the Get Started button, fill in the create account form.
  2. Set up payment
    Before you can start trading, you have to add your bank account to your Kraken account. There are several options to choose from, so choose the option most compatible.
  3. Provide identification
    Before you can make withdrawals and increase your transaction limits, you must submit proof of address and some additional identification. Use either a passport or a driver's license for this.
  4. Start trading
    After all that is processed, you're ready to trade on Kraken.
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Using the Kraken app

Kraken offers two mobile apps.

The standard Kraken app is targeted to beginners and focuses on a simplified buying and selling experience. The app includes a neat snapshot of your portfolio and has a concise summary of each asset and how it works. You can purchase crypto instantly or set a recurring order.

The Kraken Pro app is targeted at experienced traders and includes many of the same features as the desktop exchange. You view price charts, the order book and market depth. The spot market has a number of order types and trade settings available.

You can contact customer support through both apps as well as set price alerts for individual assets.

Kraken review: app screenshots

Is Kraken safe?

Past hacks. In its decade-long history, Kraken has never been hacked. The majority of assets managed by Kraken are stored offline, which protects them from most of the vulnerabilities associated with cryptocurrency theft.

Security. Kraken accounts come with standard modern security features such as SMS codes to confirm withdrawals, email confirmation, and 2-factor authentication (2FA).

Independent audits. Kraken has been audited by independent accounting firms.

Proof-of-reserves. Following the collapse of Celsius and FTX, Kraken implemented a proof-of-reserves system. This allows users to verify their account balances using on-chain data and a type of cryptographic proof called a Merkle Tree.

Insurance. Cryptocurrencies do not qualify for federal deposit insurance in the US, CDIC coverage in Canada or the Financial Claims Scheme (FCS) guarantee in Australia. Kraken does not disclose an independent insurance policy.

Keeping your crypto secure

All centralized exchanges, including Kraken, are vulnerable to counterparty risks like hacking, theft and insolvency. Using a self-custodial or hardware wallet is widely accepted as the best way to improve the security of your funds. We've shared some of our top picks below.

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Kraken customer support

Kraken support is very accessible and can be reached in a variety of mediums depending on the urgency or the difficulty of the issue. Phone support is available in select time zones. Chat support is available 24/7.

How to reach Kraken customer support

  • Contact form
  • Facebook
  • FAQ page
  • Help center articles
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Live chat
  • Support ticket
  • Telegram
  • Twitter

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