eToro vs Uphold: Which crypto exchange is better?

Relative newcomer Uphold goes head-to-head with investment heavyweight eToro.

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With 20 million users, eToro is undoubtedly a more established and larger operation than Uphold, which has closer to 2 million users. So what is Uphold’s David trying that could upset eToro’s Goliath?
Crypto is unregulated in the UK; there's no consumer protection; value can rise or fall; tax on profits may apply*.

Round 1: Vital statistics

eToro UK Cryptoasset InvestingUphold - Digital Asset Platform
Overall rating★★★★★★★★★★
Costs rating★★★★★★★★★★
Exchange locationUKUK/US
Offers a debit card
Earn returns on crypto
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Both platforms have applied for, and been granted, “registered cryptoasset firm” status by the UK finance watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – which will offer some prospective users reassurance. It doesn’t mean you can use the Financial Ombudsman Service or that your funds are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), but it does mean the company has passed checks for complying with rules on money laundering and counter-terrorism.

Round 2: Supported coins

eToro UK Cryptoasset InvestingUphold - Digital Asset Platform
Number of tradeable crypto assets76214
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Uphold might have a slight edge on altcoin support (although eToroX can offer access to further assets), but both platforms are in a similar ballpark – mid-way between the entry-level platforms like Ziglu that offer a very select handful of coins, and big-hitters like which can support several hundred. Unless you’re a fan of obscure altcoins, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for with either platform.

Round 3: Supported fiat currencies

eToro UK Cryptoasset InvestingUphold - Digital Asset Platform
Number of supported fiat currencies2127
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It’s worth noting that eToro does everything in dollars, so when you deposit GBP, that immediately gets converted to USD. You’ll incur a small FX fee of 0.4% along the way.

Round 4: Costs

eToro UK Cryptoasset InvestingUphold - Digital Asset Platform
Minimum deposits$10£10
Deposit FeesNone£0
Trading Fee1% plus spreadUS$1 flat fee on trades
Spreads also apply
Withdrawal Fees$5 (min. withdrawal $30)Crypto: $2.99 + coin fees
Fiat: £0
Google Pay: £0
Deposit methodsBank transfer, Credit card, Debit card, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill, eToro MoneyBank transfer (ACH), Debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay
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Uphold’s buy/sell spread fees range from 0.95% to 1.25% for popular, high-liquidity coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but can be higher when trading lower liquidity cryptoassets. eToro charges a fixed 1% fee plus a competitive spread on top.

The verdict

There are 1 or 2 areas where Uphold is winning out against eToro. Its fees are broadly comparable, but it does support GBP balances. However, in terms of user reviews and range of features, eToro has a track record that Uphold is finding hard to beat. Notably, eToro’s Copy Trading feature lets you replicate the trades of other eToro users who’ve demonstrated success previously.

*Cryptocurrencies aren't regulated in the UK and there's no protection from the Financial Ombudsman or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Your capital is at risk. Capital gains tax on profits may apply.

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