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How to buy, sell & trade Nano

A beginner's guide to buying and selling Nano (formerly RaiBlocks) in Canada.

Nano (NANO) is a digital currency designed to offer instant transactions, have zero fees and be infinitely scalable. Formerly known as RaiBlocks, Nano uses a hybrid of blockchain and directed acyclic graph (DAG) technology and aims to offer an efficient and viable alternative to fiat currency.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade.
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Quick guide: How to buy NANO

  1. Get some Bitcoin to exchange for this cryptocurrency.
  2. Register for an account with an exchange like Binance.
  3. Enable 2-factor authentication.
  4. Click on “Funds” and select “Deposits”.
  5. Select “Deposit coin”.
  6. Copy the wallet address or scan the QR code.
  7. Transfer BTC into your account.
  8. Click “Exchange” and select “Basic”.
  9. Search for the pair you want to trade.
  10. Select a Limit, Market or Stop-Limit Order.
  11. Enter the amount you want to buy.
  12. Review transaction details.
  13. Confirm your purchase.
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This is our quick guide to just one way to buy NANO. Compare some other options in the table below.

Where to buy, sell & trade Nano in Canada

Find an exchange to buy, sell and trade Nano by comparing deposit methods, supported fiat currencies and fees. Select Go to site when you’ve found a fit.

Name Product Deposit methods Fiat currencies Cryptocurrencies
WazirX Cryptocurrency Exchange
WazirX Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency, UPI, IMPS, NEFT, RTGS
INR

86
cryptocurrencies

Enjoy fast verification and high speed trading on this well-known Indian cryptocurrency exchange.
Crypto.com App
Credit card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal, TransferWise, SEPA
USD, AUD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, NZD, SGD, JPY, ZAR & 9+ more

145
cryptocurrencies

Get 0% fees on credit/debit card purchases for 30 days after signup.
Buy 80+ cryptocurrencies, earn up to 8% on holdings, pay with your crypto for cashback at stores, get loans and more with this complete crypto-finance platform.
KuCoin Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency, PayPal, Wire transfer, Credit or Debit Card, SEPA
USD, EUR, GBP, RUB, CNY, AUD, KRW, JPY, TRY, VND & 40+ more

247
cryptocurrencies

Finder Exclusive: Get up to 10 USDT in trading fee rebates for signing up and making a deposit, and up to 30 USDT in trading fee rebates after buying with fiat. T&Cs apply.
Browse a variety of coin offerings in one of the largest multi-cryptocurrency exchanges and pay in cryptocurrency.
OKEx Cryptocurrency Exchange
Bank transfer, Cryptocurrency, iDEAL, PayPal, POLi, SEPA, Faster Payments (FPS)
USD, CNY, EUR, ARS, AUD, BGN, BRL, CAD, CHF, COP & 20+ more

272
cryptocurrencies

Promo: Earn US$10 in BTC when you refer a friend and they purchase $100 of cryptocurrency. T&Cs apply.
Listing over 100 cryptocurrencies, OKEx offers its users a variety of payment methods and coins to choose from.
Huobi Cryptocurrency Exchange
AdvCash, Cryptocurrency, SWIFT, Wire transfer
GBP, USD, AUD, EUR, INR, BRL, KHR, CAD,CNY, NZD & 15+ more

219
cryptocurrencies

Huobi is a digital currency exchange that allows its users to trade more than 190 cryptocurrency pairs.
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A step-by-step guide to buying Nano in Canada

How to buy Nano in Canada:

Step 1. Create an account at an exchange that offers NANO

There are several exchanges where you can currently buy Nano, so you’ll need to choose one of them to purchase your NANO. To register for an account, you’ll need to provide your email address and create a password. Most exchanges will also require your full contact details and proof of ID before allowing you to trade. Don’t forget to add two-factor security to your account to make sure your coins are protected.

Step 2. Deposit funds into your account

Some crypto exchanges don’t support the direct deposit of fiat currency, like CAD or USD, so you’ll often need to make your deposit in bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH). If you currently don’t have any BTC or ETH, you can follow our guide here on how to purchase.

Step 3. Buy NANO

The final step is to navigate to the markets section on your chosen exchange and place a buy order. On most exchanges, you will click the “Buy/Sell” link and search for “NANO”. Click on “Buy NANO” and you can then type in the amount of fiat currency you want to spend or the amount of NANO you want to buy.

If you’re using a platform that only allows crypto-to-crypto exchanges, search for your desired currency pair (for example BTC/NANO or ETH/NANO), click on “Buy NANO” and then follow the prompts.

How to sell NANO

If you’d like to sell your NANO holdings, the process for doing so is essentially the same as that outlined in step 3 above, with the obvious difference that you’ll need to look for the “Sell NANO” link. It’s also important to remember that crypto exchanges don’t offer every available currency pairing, so it may not be possible to directly exchange NANO for the currency you want.

Which wallets can I use to hold NANO?

Storing coins and tokens on a crypto exchange for any length of time is not recommended. To provide a higher level of security for your funds, it’s best to store them in a secure wallet. At the time of writing on 12 February 2018, there are three wallet options available for NANO holders:

  • Web wallet. NanoWallet.io can be accessed through the Nano Wallet website.
  • Desktop wallet. The beta version of the desktop wallet for Windows, Mac and Linux is available here.
  • App. You can also sign up for the iOS Wallet beta through the Nano website.

What is Nano and how does it work?

Built with the aim of addressing a number of bitcoin’s shortcomings, Nano is designed to provide a viable alternative to traditional fiat currencies. In the Nano white paper, the developers address three main issues that affect bitcoin’s practicality:
  • High transaction fees due to scalability issues
  • An average transaction time of 164 minutes
  • The power inefficiency of the bitcoin network

Nano aims to overcome these three obstacles. Built using a directed acyclic graph algorithm, Nano also employs a unique block-lattice structure. Each Nano account (wallet) has its own blockchain known as an account-chain, which is equivalent to that account’s transaction/balance history. Each account-chain can only be updated by the account owner, which means it can be updated asynchronously of the rest of the network.

Each transaction sent through the network is its own block. When you send NANO, two transactions are required – a send transaction that deducts the balance from the sender, and a receive confirmation by the recipient. Think of it like the two ticks you see when you send a WhatsApp message – one tick when you have sent a message, and a second tick when your recipient confirms it has been received. The result of this structure is near-instant transactions and zero fees.

Originally known as RaiBlocks, the currency was rebranded to Nano in January 2018.

What to consider before buying NANO

Cryptocurrencies are complicated and speculative, and buying any crypto coin or token comes with a high level of risk attached. It’s essential that you’re fully aware of all of the risks involved before you decide to buy. If you’re thinking of purchasing NANO, make sure you consider the following factors first:

  • No mining. Nano is not mined and was initially distributed via a captcha-based faucet distribution system that ended in October 2017. If a website claims to mine Nano, it actually mines another cryptocurrency and then trades them for Nano on an exchange, before paying Nano to miners.
  • Adoption. The value of NANO will depend largely on whether or not it can achieve widespread adoption. While it certainly offers plenty of advantages compared to some other cryptocurrencies, whether or not it breaks into the mainstream as a viable alternative to fiat currency remains to be seen.
  • Exchanges. One of the key factors affecting the adoption of Nano will be its listing on a variety of popular exchanges. While it is only listed on a handful of exchanges, that list has grown recently with the listing of NANO on major exchange platform Binance in February 2018. The development team is also working to get Nano added to more exchanges.
  • Nano and BitGrail. On 10 February 2018, the announcement that 10% of the total NANO supply at the time, worth US$170 million, had gone missing from cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail sent shockwaves through the crypto community. There was some speculation that an inherent vulnerability in Nano had resulted in the theft, although at the time of writing it appeared that fault for the problem lay with crypto exchange BitGrail. Check out our report on the theft for full details. The news saw the price of NANO drop from US$11.83 to US$10 in the space of a couple of hours, and at the time of writing on 12 February 2018, its value had dropped below US$9.

By taking all of the above factors into account and doing your own research on Nano, you’ll be able to decide whether or not you should buy NANO.

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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