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How to buy Compound (COMP) in New Zealand
Learn how to buy Compound (COMP) on 21+ crypto exchanges in our step-by-step guide.
You can buy Compound (COMP) on a cryptocurrency exchange like FTX. These specialised marketplaces allow you to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, and work similar to stock trading platforms. Compound (COMP) is an algorithmic interest rate market where users can deposit cryptocurrency and start earning a return on it. Here's how to buy Compound.
How to buy Compound in 4 easy steps
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes and all you'll need is a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, photo identification and a means of payment.
Compare crypto exchanges
The easiest way to buy Compound is from a cryptocurrency exchange. Comparing in the table below lets you find one with the features you want such as low fees, ease of use or 24-hour customer support.
Create an account
To create an account on an exchange, you will need to verify your email address and identity. Have some photo ID and your phone ready.
Make a deposit
Once verified, you can deposit $ using the payment method that best suits you – credit card, wire transfer, silvergate exchange network (sen) and signature signet payments are widely accepted.
You can now exchange your funds for Compound. On easier-to-use exchanges, this is as simple as entering the amount you want to purchase and clicking buy. If you like, you can now withdraw your Compound to your personal wallet.
Where to buy Compound in New Zealand
Find an exchange to buy, sell and trade COMP by comparing deposit methods, supported fiat currencies and fees. Select Go to site to sign up directly with the provider.
How do I find the best places to buy Compound?
Cryptocurrency exchanges offer similar services, but differ in a few key ways – mainly fees, the range of cryptos available and payment methods. You can use our table to compare the features of popular cryptocurrency exchanges available in New Zealand to help you choose the one that's right for you.
Some other factors you may want to consider are customer support, user reviews, ease of use and whether or not the exchange is registered with a local regulator. This information can be found by clicking on the exchange name in the table which will take you to its review page.
What will I need to buy Compound?
To create an account on any cryptocurrency exchange you will need an email address. Some exchanges may also ask for a phone number and photo ID, so it's a good idea to have those ready.
An increasing number of cryptocurrency exchanges will ask to verify your identity before you can deposit funds and start trading Compound.
- This process is known as Know Your Customer (KYC) and usually requires photo ID and a webcam or smartphone. You may also need to prove your address by uploading a copy of a recent bank statement or utility bill.
- Some exchanges allow you to deposit and trade cryptocurrencies without passing KYC, but they will not allow you to transfer local currency from your bank account. So if you are planning on purchasing COMP with your local currency then you will need to pass KYC.
- Once you have verified your identity, it is a good idea to enable 2-factor authentication (2FA) before depositing any funds. This will increase the security of your account and help keep your funds safe.
Where can I buy Compound with a credit or debit card?
Once you've created an account, you will need to deposit funds to buy COMP with. You can either deposit local currency from a bank account or credit card, or transfer cryptocurrency from another exchange or wallet. Here are popular deposit methods to buy COMP on the following exchanges:
- Bank account: Transfers from local bank accounts are usually free, but you will need to double-check this with the exchange you choose – this information can be found in our table by clicking on 'view details'.
- Credit or debit card: Linking a card to your account is another convenient way to top up your account, but be aware that it usually attracts an additional fee. An advantage, though, is that you can use a card to make instant purchases or set up a recurring purchase.
- Cryptocurrency: You can usually purchase COMP by trading it for another cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or a stablecoin. This varies between exchanges though, so you will need to search for COMP on the spot market to see what cryptocurrencies it can be traded for.
What is the easiest way to buy Compound?
The easiest way to buy COMP is by placing an 'instant buy' order to purchase it for a fixed price but not all crypto exchanges offer this feature.
Alternatively, you can open a trade on the spot market which allows you to set your own price – this is the most common way to purchase cryptocurrency. Using the instant buy feature is straightforward but typically more expensive than using the spot market.
Before buying COMP, you may want to check the market conditions. To help you decide if now is the right time to buy, you can take a look at our Analysis tools to get an idea of how the price of Compound has been performing recently.
Best Compound wallets to store your COMP
You can keep your COMP on the exchange you purchased it on, or move it to a personal wallet:
- Some people like to use their own wallets to guarantee total ownership over their assets, or to use them with other applications like DeFi services.
- Hardware wallets are typically considered to be the safest type of cryptocurrency wallet, as they use a physical device to enhance security in a number of ways. You can learn more about wallets and compare them with our comprehensive guide.
Is Compound a good investment?
As with any investment, it is vital you understand the risks and potential upside of the asset before making any financial decision. With regards to COMP, here are a few things you should consider:
- Token acquisition. COMP tokens are directly tied to the Compound ecosystem and their utility is relatively limited due to this. For the most part, these tokens are used to reward participants and lenders on the Compound platform. Therefore, you may want to consider accruing COMP tokens as interest on top of your current portfolio, instead of buying them outright.
- Team. Compound was founded in 2017 by ex-Postmates employees Geoffrey Hayes and Robert Leshner.
- Governance. COMP token holders are able to actively participate in the development of the Compound platform. They can vote on governance issues and put forward community-led proposals. These topics range from the upgrade of outdated features to the addition of coins to the lending platform.
- Competition. The DeFi ecosystem is constantly evolving, and Compound is far from the only lending protocol available. Platforms like Pancakeswap and yearn.finance offer crypto-savvy consumers ways to earn interest through liquidity pools, yield farming and staking. Then there’s BlockFi, Celsius, Nexo, Voyager and Aave that all offer very similar features to Compound finance.
Additional information about Compound can be found using our COMP analysis tools.
Today's Compound price versus ATH
Compare today's price of Compound ($61.03 USD) against its all-time-high price of $910.54 USD on 12 May 2021. The closer the bar is to 100%, the closer COMP is to reaching its ATH again.
ATH date: May 12, 2021
Compound ATH: $910.54
How to trade, convert or sell CompoundYou can convert or sell your COMP with the same exchange you bought it through:
- Sign in to the exchange you have COMP on.
- If you store your Compound in a digital wallet, compare crypto exchanges to convert or sell it on.
- Choose Sell or Convert and place a sell order.
- Choose the amount of COMP you'd like to convert or sell.
- Confirm the sell price and fees and close your sale of Compound.
- Complete your transaction and move your COMP to a wallet for storage.
Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies, including Compound, are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance of COMP 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 Compound or any other cryptocurrency discussed.
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