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Coinbase

Coinbase Review
Trader's rating 2.8
Editor's rating 4.1

Our Experience

 

When testing the direct purchasing service, provided by Coinbase, we were relatively satisfied. After entering our debit card details it was saved as a payment method. We must notе that our card was 3D-secured, which appears to be a mandatory condition. Having your card stored in the website, as opposed to having to enter the details a second time (which is the case with some websites, dealing with external payment providers) is a huge benefit.

 

Here is a preview of the order screen:

The commission charged was slightly lower than the maximum of 4%, and we had full price transparency. When compared to the 8%, charged by Bitstamp (for direct card purchases), this is obviously preferable. The rate at which we bought Bitcoin was around €14 off the current market price, at GDAX. This is quite reasonable considering the fact we are talking about a volatile asset, trading around  €6,500 at the time of purchase. We tried comparing it with the rate provided by other exchanges, but the price differences (especially since we are talking about EUR trading) were much wider.

 

Trading Accounts

 

 

Account type Initial weekly limit Leverage Fees
Standard €325 None Up to 4%

 

Coinbase is one of the leading US companies in the world of crypto currencies. It operates two separate brands. One of them is Coinbase, a more retail consumer oriented platform for buying Bitcoin with fiat currencies, much like Bitstamp. On the other hand, GDAX (Global Digital Asset Exchange) is a more advanced crypto currency trading platform. This review will be focused on Coinbase.

 

The company, security of funds

 

Company Country Regulation
Coinbase USA NY BitLicense

 

Coinbase operates out of the US, with many subsidiaries around the world. It was the third company to be awarded the New York BitLicense. The story behind this license is quite controversial. In short, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) wanted to make the Big Apple a “Bitcoin trading hub”, much how it is one of the major centers of traditional finance. The idea, dating from 2015 wasn’t met with much enthusiasm by the leading companies, as many of them preferred to avoid application. Among the dozen who did, Coinbase obtained the license in January of 2017. The entire process is apparently so time (and effort) consuming, a lot of other major players opted out of it, which makes the license borderline useless. 

 

When it comes to crypto exchanges, hacking is an important topic. That being said there haven’t been any major hacks at Coinbase, although numerous individual cases have been reported. Some involve the hackers going past the two-factor authentication barrier, which one would believe to be very secure.

 

As we mentioned above, Coinbase is the retail-oriented brand of the company. As such it accepts fiat currencies and allows an instant purchase of several coins (more on the list, later). The vast majority of user complaints against Coinbase involve the size of the commission fees which the company charges. They vary by region and payment method, but go as high as 4%.

 

In 2018, Coinbase acquired an e-money license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which allows it to provide payment services in the UK and issue e-money. Abiding by the FCA requirements, Coinbase will be keeping clients in segregated funds and will observe operational standards on par with the other regulated financial institutions.

 

Additionally, Coinbase is backed by a lot of investors, including major players in “traditional finance”. This is another factor which fans of the decentralized aspect of crypto currencies do not enjoy. 

 

Trading conditions

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

Only a few coins are available at Coinbase, but they are the majors – Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Don’t forget this is an entry-level service, which is aimed at people who are not that familiar with the world of crypto currencies. If you would like to buy less known coins (or altcoins), you could do that at another exchange, after transferring your newly acquired BTC/ETH/LTC there.

 

Weekly Limits

After verifying your e-mail, telephone, ID and credit card, at Coinbase, you can beginning purchasing coins. Our initial limit was €325 per week (via Credit Card). This may vary for you, based on your location (US clients will surely get a USD level). This level can be increased after you reach the maximum and some time has passed. This is done as a security measure and one should not feel frustrated about it.

 

Leverage

Coinbase does not offer margin trading. This is the more accepted practice, when dealing with crypto currencies. The forex brokers who offer Bitcoin trading, on the other hand mostly provide CFDs on it and margin trading is allowed. For a full comparison of trading crypto currencies on an exchange and with a forex broker read this post

 

Fees

The commission structure at Coinbase is one of its criticisms. If you decide to deposit via Credit Card, for instance, you can buy your chosen coin directly. While this may appear to be convenient, it comes at a price – for most countries the commission fee on such a purchase can go as high as 4%. 

 

Alternatively, you can fund your account with fiat currencies, which you can then use to trade. In that case the fees are set at 1.5%, which is pretty high. However if trading is what you are looking for, the company’s other brand – GDAX (as well as many others) are alternatives.

 


Trading platform

 

Coinbase does not provide a platform, as much as it offers an interface similar to an online banking application. Here is an overview (click to zoom-in):

 

 

There is a basic chart in the top section, allowing you to switch between the three supported instruments and multiple timeframes. On the bottom you have a column with all of your wallets with the company as well as a transaction history column. Overall, it doesn’t get any simpler than this. That being the case, we must reiterate, this is only the “real-money payments” brand of the company, while a more dedicated platform is also available at GDAX.

 

Methods of payment

 

When it comes to the methods of payment available at Coinbase, they include Bank Transfer, Credit/Debit Card and PayPal (only for US clients). While we discussed the transaction fees above, it’s worth pointing out that no additional fees are charged for crypto currency transfers to other exchanges or wallets.

 

Conclusion

 

Coinbase is one of the major players in the crypto currency space. The company is focused on allowing people who are not familiar with Bitcoin and allows them an easy way of acquiring crypto currencies. While there isn’t any trading platform to speak of, the company has another brand (GDAX) which provides exactly that. We feel it would be much better for Coinbase to honestly state their trading fees are higher, but you can use your account at their other platform, in a big banner upon account cration. Here are Coinbase’s pros and cons: 

 

Pros

Cons

New York BitLicense Few altcoins available
No major hacks yet High trading fees
Accepts Bank Transfers and Credit Cards  
Easy to use interface  
Ability to transfer crpyto to wallet  

 

BDSwiss

BDSwiss Review
Trader's rating 0
Editor's rating 3.7

Basic Information

 

Minimum deposit  Min./Max. bet size Payout %  Deposit Bonus  Trading platform Regulation
$100  $5/ $1,500.00  Up to 85%  N/A SpotOption  CySEC


Formally known as Bank De Swiss, BDSwiss is a reputable European Binary options broker, offering trading in over 200 underlying assets on the most popular SpotOption binaries platform under quite competitive trading conditions.


BDSwiss` customers get access to comprehensive training materials to help them optimize their trading strategies. The broker offers rich education center on its website, online webinars, live seminars, market news, economic calendar and more.


Trading Accounts


BDSwiss offers a single type of account, which is rather unusual, as most binaries brokers differentiate their clients based on their initial deposit. This means that BDSwiss clients may not choose between different account types, but ion the other hand, treating all clients equally is a good thing.


Besides, BDSwiss does not offer demo account either. While many consider this a disadvantage, it is also true that many demo platforms do not mimic the actual trading on the site.


The Company. Security of Funds


BDSwiss is one of Europe’s leading financial institutions specializing in Forex/CFD and Binary Options trading. It also appears to be quite popular with traders.


BDSwiss is operated by BDSwiss Holding Plc, a Cyprus Investment Firm (CIF), licensed and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).


In order to provide a certain level of security, Cypriot financial watchdog applies a set of rules and requirements to license holders.


First of all, CySEC requires Cyprus-based brokers to hold a minimum of €730 000 in order to prove their good financial standing. Moreover, all CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which may cover tour investment loss to a maximum of 20,000 EUR per person in the event that the broker becomes insolvent. Such compensation schemes serve as an additional guarantee to clients’ funds.


In addition, as CySEC is part of the European MiFID regulations, and the companies regulated by the Cypriot financial watchdog are free to operate in all EU Member States.


Trading Conditions


Trading Options: Call/Put, 60 seconds, Pairs, Long term, One Touch, Ladder
Assets: Stocks, Indices, Currencies, Commodities
Expiry Times: 60 sec, 90 sec, 120 sec, 180 sec, 300 sec, 30 min, 1h, 2h, 4h, 8h, 12h, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 7d

 

Minimum Initial Deposit
The minimum initial deposit for clients of BDSwiss is $100, which is attractive, since most binaries brokers usually require $200 - $250. For instance, Cherry Trade, a broker operating out of the Caribbean. requires $200 from traders to open an account.

 

Min/Max bet size
The minimum bet size with this broker is just $5 (for 60 Second Options), which is on the lower end of average. In comparison, with OptionsClick one is able place a trade with at least $10. Such low minimum bet sizes allow better risk management.

 

Payout amount
The payout provided by this broker varies by different options, but is usually between 65%-85%, which is on the upper end of average.


In comparison, HY Options’ payout for the EUR/USD pair A Day binary Up/Down for EUR/USD offers a payout of 85%. 60 Seconds Binary Options have a payout of 70%.


Of course, the higher the percentage payout offered by the broker, the larger the traders return would be.

 

Trading Platform


Like many binary options brokers, BDSwiss supports the most widely used binaries trading platform, SpotOption. All popular binary options are supported: Call/Put, 60 seconds, Pairs, Long term, One Touch, Ladder. What is more, it offers some additional option features (In the overview of open positions).


Instead of letting your option expire, you can use “Sell”, “Double Up” and “Rollover” to adjust your option individually, if, for example, market conditions change.


As the name suggests, “Sell” gives you the opportunity to sell your option before it expires. If you are confident in the current trend, you have the opportunity to “Double Up” which will open a new option with the same conditions of your open position, but at the current price. Finally, if you think your option needs more time to move in the desired direction, you can extend the expiry time by using the “Rollover” feature.

Bonuses
Unlike most binary brokers, BDSwiss does not have a set bonus structure. On-deposit bonuses are not offered on a constant basis, but are instead available at various times for a limited duration.


Instead, this broker offers $100 refer a friend bonus.

 

Methods of Payment


There are a number of payment methods available to BDSwiss’ clients: Credit/Debit cards, Bank Wire, Skrill, Neteller, Giropay, eps, Sofort & Ideal.


Keep in mind that withdrawals under €100.00 will be charged with a €25.00 processing fee.


Conclusion


BDSwiss is a regulated and reputable binaries broker, offering outstanding range of assets and trading options, while keeping their account structure simple and their plat form easy to use. To sum up the above, here are the advantages and drawbacks in relation to this broker:

 

Pros  Cons
Regulated broker No deposit bonus 
Low minimum bet size & min. initial deposit No choice of trading accounts, no demo either
Payout up to 85%   
Wide range of tradable assets & instruments  
Refer a friend bonus  
   

 

 

Headquarters: Makariou III Street 160 3026, Limassol

Country: Cyprus

Regulation: CySec

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