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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  

 

EverFX

EverFX Review
Trader's rating 3.6
Editor's rating 4.2

Account Types

 

Account Type   Min.Deposit  Min. Trade Size Maximum Leverage Average Spreads (& Commission)
Standard $300 0.01 1:500 0.2 pips + $6 per round lot
Premium $5 000 0.01 1:500 0.2 pips + $5 per round lot
VIP $20 000 0.01 1:200 0.2 pips + $4 per round lot

 

EverFX offers its clients a choice of several basic account types, depending on the initial investment. As this brokerage is a pure STP one, all accounts provide tight variable spreads, starting out at 0 pips. Commission fees and leverage, on the other hand, vary by account type.

 

In addition, EverFX offers swap-free (Islamic) accounts, which are Sharia compliant (for Muslim investors who are unwilling to earn and pay interest for religious reasons).

 

Keep in mind that EverFX does not offer Contracts for Difference to residents of certain jurisdictions such as the USA, Iran, Canada and North Korea.

 

The Company. Security of Funds

 

Company

Country

Regulation

ICC Intercertus Capital Limited

Cyprus

CySEC

 

With EverFX you can trade in currencies, metals, indices, energies, commodities and bonds on the good old MetaTrader 4. In addition, the brokerage offers high-quality educational tools. 

 

EverFX is a trademark of ICC Intercertus Capital Limited and is regulated by Cyprus Exchange and Securities Commission (CySEC).

 

As UK is preparing to leave the European Union, Cyprus is gaining more and more popularity as an attractive forex broker destination in Europe.

 

The Cypriot financial watchdog applies certain rules and requirements to Cyprus Investment Firms. For instance, they must hold at least €730,000 as a proof of financial stability. Besides, the Commission requires forex brokers to keep customer funds in segregated accounts, separated from the company’s operating funds.

 

As a further guarantee to clients’ funds, all CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which is able to pay compensation up to 20,000 EUR, If the company is in default. Similar compensation schemes apply in other jurisdictions.

 

Additionally, every CySEC-regulated investment company is also MiFID compliant and therefore entitled to offer cross-border services in all EU Member States.

 

Trading Conditions

 

Minimum Initial Deposit

In order to open the Standard account with EverFX, and trade with some of the lowest spreads in the market, traders have to invest just $300 – which is very fair considering the savings on trading.

 

Spreads & Commissions

All account types with EverFX offer one and the same variable spreads, which are pretty tight, averaged 0.3 pips on EUR/USD. Commission fees, however, vary from $4 to $8 per traded lot (round trip). So basically, trading costs on the Standard account are below 1 pip EUR/USD (spread averaged 0.2 pips on EUR/USD + $6 commission = approximately 0.8 pips) per standard lot. This is a really competitive pricing, as most brokers offer spreads within the range of 1.0 – 1.5 pips for this pair. 

 

For more information, you may look up real-time spreads of 15 leading brokers here.

 

Leverage

EverFX offers high leverage levels, reaching is 1:500. In an attempt to protect traders with the risks associated with trading at high leverage, the Cypriot financial watchdog proposed default leverage levels to be 1:50. Nonetheless, most Cypriot brokers still offer leverage ratios, which are significantly higher: FXTM - up to 1:500 and XM – up to 1:888. You may check out more forex brokers offering leverage equal to or exceeding 1:500 here.

 

Trading Platform

 

This broker offers two platforms to its clients. One of them is the most commonly used forex trading platform - MetaTrader4 (MT4), available in all forms and shapes: for PC, MAC, tablet, mobile and web version.

 

MT4 is internationally acclaimed for its wide range of built-in technical indicators and Expert Advisors (EAs), which users are able to get ready-made or create ones of their own, extensive back-testing options for them, as well as the advanced charting tools and user-friendly interface.

 

More brokers using the MT4 can be viewed here.

 

Additionally EverFX has developed their own unique web-based solution, (which will also be available for mobile devices soon). The Status platform provides an easy access to the forex market, while also packing some advanced functionality. There are two sidebars, which can be extended inwards, toward the chart, revealing the instrument list and news section. Here is a preview:

 

 

At the same time the bottom section is very intuitive. This platform feels like a solid choice for the beginner and veteran alike.

 

Promotions

EverFX often launches various promotions, such as a Refer-a-Friend program or Zero Trading Cost promotion.

 

Methods of Payment

 

The following payment methods are available to EverFX clients: credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard), bank wire transfer and e-wallet payment systems, such as Skrill, Neteller, and Webmoney.

 

There is no minimum withdrawal amount with this broker.

 

Conclusion

 

EverFX is a FX and CFD broker that supports the popular MetaTrader 4 platform and utilizes a pure straight-through-processing execution model. Besides, it is duly regulated by CySEC to operate in all EU countries. To sum up the above, here are the advantages and drawbacks with regards to this broker:

 

Pros Cons
Well-regulated  
MT4 available     
Tight spreads, starting at 0 pips  
Pure STP execution  
Low initial deposit  
Promotions offered from time to time  

 

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