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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.
Approximately 24 cryptocurrencies
Supported cryptocurrencies include:
*Availability varies by location
Which payment methods are accepted?
Bank transfer (ACH)
Bank transfer (SEPA)
1. Create an account
In the interests of transparency, ShapeShift shows the details of all its latest trades on the home page as well as up-to-date statistics on its last 24 hours.
2. Browse the market
See what’s available, and how much it is.
3. Check out the other Coinbase products
Buying and selling is just the beginning. Trade actively on Coinbase Pro if you want to get more deeply involved, or try out the other available Coinbase offerings.
Fees and limits
Platform trading fees
You will be charged the higher of either the flat fee or the variable fee for buying and selling.
All fees listed here are in US dollars unless otherwise specified and accurate as of 20 February 2020.
$10 or less
$10 to $25
$25 to $50
$50 to $200
The variable fees depend on your location, payment method and whether you’re placing a “standard” order or an “instant buy/sell.”
Coinbase USD wallet
Crypto to crypto conversions have a 2% fee.
Deposit and withdrawal fees
All deposit and withdrawal fees are included in the platform trading fees.
Transfers between Coinbase wallets
Transfers to an outside crypto wallet
How fast will my funds be available?
Near-instant to 5 days
Bank transfer May take up to 5 business days to arrive
Card and Coinbase wallet purchases Purchases will complete instantly
Deposits from wallets Within minutes
Withdrawals and transfers
Near-instant to 1-2 days
Wallet transfers between Coinbase wallets Typically complete immediately
Withdrawals and sell orders Usually take 1-2 business days to arrive in your bank account
Sending outside Coinbase wallets Typically a few minutes, depending on the state of the network, the cryptocurrency and the network fees
Is Coinbase safe to use?
Regulation. Coinbase holds a wide range of licenses in different US states, including the New York BitLicense, and money transmitter licenses in different states.
Verification process. Coinbase requires users to get verified to trade.
Security features. Coinbase recommends 2FA to protect accounts and follows (and leads) industry best practices such as keeping the majority of customer funds in cold storage.
Coinbase was founded in 2012 and has never been hacked.
How do I create an account at Coinbase?
Sign up with your name and email address and then log in to your account.
You’ll need to get verified to start buying or selling. To do this, go to your account setting and upload a photo of the requested documentation, such as a driver’s license.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) by going to your account settings and following the steps provided. This is a highly recommended security measure.
You can now buy and sell cryptocurrency. Simply go to the home or market page and click the one you want to buy or sell.
What else do I need to know about Coinbase?
Coinbase is one of the world’s best-known cryptocurrency exchanges. It was founded in 2012 and as of November 2017 claimed to have 13.3 million users.
It initially began as a way of simply buying, selling and transferring cryptocurrency, but has expanded to offer a wide range of services beyond that.
In a nutshell
Easy. Coinbase is renowned for making the entire buying process simple.
Tried and tested. Coinbase has been one of the world’s best-known exchanges for years and has never been hacked.
Wide service range. Try Coinbase Earn to get some free crypto, and Coinbase Learn to get some free education and more.
Customer service. Coinbase is one of few crypto exchanges to offer 24/7 phone support.
Expensive. The fees vary but will typically be higher than what you can find elsewhere.
Limited coin selection. Coinbase has a limited range of cryptocurrencies.
Availability varies. The platform itself, its crypto offerings and its service availability varies by location
Compare Coinbase against other exchanges
Frequently asked questions
Coinbase is available in Australia, Canada, Singapore, the US, Europe, the UK and most European countries.
The exact services available in each will vary.
Yes. Download it for iOS or Android.
The verification process involves going to your account settings, filling out some details and uploading some identification to the platform.
Coinbase offers a help section, allows the submission of help tickets and has a 24/7 phone support center.
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.
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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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