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Coinone

Coinone Review
Trader's rating 0
Editor's rating 4

Trading Accounts

  

Account type Leverage Trading fee Deposit Fee
Standard 1:4 0.10% None

 

Coinone is one of the major Korean cryptocurrency exchanges. If you are enthusiastic about blockchain technology, you should know a few things about them even if you don’t plan on trading with them. As you may know the trading activity on Korean exchanges has been relatively high in recent times and even determines the short term price swings.

 

Coinone Advantages

 

Established local player – Coinone has been around since 2014 and the team behind this exchange looks very solid. There aren’t any reports of a major hack at this exchange, which is not the case with one of their major competitors – Bithumb.

 

High level of Security – Security seems to be a top priority for Coinone, as the company includes multi-signature wallets, two-factor authentication  (2FA) and cold storage. While there is no 100% guarantee of future safety, these factors are nice.

 

Low Fees – The costs of trading at Coinone are very competitive, with the offers by other exchanges. With a 0.10% maximum fee (which goes even lower, if you trade bigger volumes) this exchange is one of the cheapest. As a comparison, Kraken, another otherwise solid exchange charges up to 0.26%. 

 

Korean Bank Transfers accepted – Coinone accepts fiat currency deposits, via bank transfer. That being said, only Korean bank accounts can be registered with this exchange.

 

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No fees on deposits – Unlike most other exchanges, this one does not charge fees on deposits (regardless of the methods of payment). Most services accepting fiat currencies charge something in the 2-10% range. 

 

7 coins available – The current list of coins available at Coinone includes: BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, XRP, QTUM and LTC. This may be more than enough for some users, but there are those who are willing to explore exotic digital assets. If you are looking for more altcoins, be sure to checkout Bittrex and Cryptopia.

 

Leverage is available – Unlike most exchanges, Coinone  offers margin trading, with a maximum leverage ratio of 1:4. That being said this involves borrowing coins from other traders. This can be a costly and tedious process, so if you are looking to speculatively trade Bitcoin a forex broker may be a better alternative.

 

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Trading with such a company usually allows even higher leverage, but may not be suitable for long term positions. Read more here.

 

Nice trading platform – The “Pro Charts” feature of Coinone is very nice, when compared to some of the other crypto-exchanges. Here is a preview (a live chat is also included, click to zoom-in):

 

 

 

Coinone Disadvantages

 

Focus on Korea – Dealing with this company if you are not Korean will be hard, or even impossible, as they require having a local bank account. It is technically possible, but you will have to go through a lot of hassle.

 

Trading only against KRW – While this exchange offers several altcoins they can’t be freely traded against one another. Some clients may even see this as a positive, but at the end of the day, having the ability to quickly convert one coin into another will be viewed highly by others.

 

Few negative user reviews – We couldn’t find many user reviews on this exchange in English, but there were a couple of complaints regarding slow payments.

 

Withdrawal fees – These are not the miner fees associated with a given blockchain, rather fees which go to Coinone. They aren’t that big, but will still annoy some users. Here is the breakdown:

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Coinone is one of the leading Korean cryptocurrency exchanges. They have been around since 2014 and acts as an entry level service for locals. Additionally the company provides access to “Jikgu” payments (a term used for Koeran online shopping from other countries).

 

The actual exchange platform is rather well-designed, which is probably one of the contributing factors to this venue’s popularity. At the time of writing of this review, they are only surpassed by Bithumb, in terms of BTC/KRW trading volume.

 

That being said, Bitcoin trading is not regulated in Korea, so if you are looking for a safer alternative, you may try with a forex broker.

 

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While we review this exchange from an outsider’s point of view (as the company is heavily focused on the domestic market), we generally like what we see. Here is a summary of this exchange:

 

 

Pros Cons
Established local player Focus on Korea
High level of security Trading only against the KRW
Low fees Few negative user reviews
Korean Bank Transfers accepted Withdrawal fees
No fees on deposits  
7 coins available  
Leverage is available  
Nice trading platform  

 

Bitstamp

Bitstamp Review
Trader's rating 1
Editor's rating 3.9

Our Experience

We registered an account at Bitstamp and after confirming the ID, we decided to make a credit card deposit. What first stroke us, was the fact you can only directly buy Bitcoin via credit card, instead of simply transferring funds to your account. The purchase went fine, after dealing with an external payment services provider. We immediately sold the coins, in order to have a USD trading balance. At that point we realized the 8% fee on credit card transfers (at the time, now the fee is 5%) truly applies.

 

Later on, we traded with the platform and everything felt fine. While the speed of execution was slightly lower than the one provided by most forex trading platforms, it was still pretty decent. The order book seemed to have some trading robots, which moved the best bids/asks constantly, but this didn’t hinder trading at all.


We also made a SEPA Bank transfer to this exchange. The funds arrived less than 24 hours later and the only fees we paid were the ones charged by our local bank.

 

We ended up having some Litecoin, which we transferred to Bittrex, in order to continue our journey in the world of altcoins. Additionally, we left some Ethereum, which we sent to a newly created wallet at MyEtherWallet – a wallet, which allows users to control their private keys. All of these blockchain transactions, which are external to Bitstamp happened in minutes. We are yet to test the speed of bank transfer withdrawals, from this exchange.

 

Trading Accounts

Account type Minimum deposit Leverage Fee
Standard Undisclosed N/A 0.25%*

*Fees can go lower for bigger traders

 

Bitstamp is one of the few cryptocurrency exchanges which accepts deposits directly from traditional payment methods. In essence this service can be used to obtain Bitcoin (via a bank transfer or credit card) which you are then free to send.

 

The company, security of funds

Company Country Regulation
Bitstamp Ltd. Luxembourg CSSF

 

Bitstamp Ltd. is the company behind this project. They have offices in Luxembourg, London and New York. More importantly, this is the first fully licensed cryptocurrency exchange in Europe. It is regulated by the (Luxembourg Financial Industry Supervisory Commission, known as the CSSF). As we often warn against the risks involved in dealing with unregulated or off-shore forex brokers, it is nice to see a company in the cryptoverse, which is registered with a watchdog.

 

The CSSF Licensing ensures the company periodically files reports with the appropriate agencies. Bitstamp is registered as a “Payment institution”, which implies you can be sure about the real-money transfers you send to (and receive from them). That being said we don’t know if mandatory policies on fairness of execution are in place. No matter the case, this is much more than, what most other crypto-exchanges provide in terms of regulation.

 

Bitstamp was hacked in early 2015. Afterwards the company rebuild its entire trading platform. Nowadays they claim to store 98% of their client’s cryptocurrencies on cold storage, while only 2% are directly available on the exchange. This is a major improvement in terms of security.

 

Bitstamp partnered with Swissquote, in July 2017.  The Swiss bank and broker, decided to trust this company, in order to provide Bitcoin trading to its clients. This speaks volumes in terms of Bitstamp’s credibility. At the time of writing of this review, there is no integration with the MetaTrader4 (MT4) platform. Trading is instead done on the Swissquote’s website, with limited functionality. This is bound to change in the future. 

 

The user reviews for Bitstamp are fairly mixed. There are lots of satisfied customers and people claiming dissatisfaction with the support. Similarly to Poloniex, the company may be experiencing more significant traffic than expecting, but the negative comments are not that harsh. 

 

Trading conditions

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

Bitstamp allows trading cryptocurrencies against the old-fashioned EUR and USD. On the other hand few coins are supported, namely Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple. If you want to dive into more exotic altcoins, you can use Bitstamp as a way to convert your cash into one of these three and then transfer it to a different exchange which supports your preferred altcoin.

 

Minimum initial deposit

There is no information on the minimum deposit at Bitstamp. While this is not that unusual, when dealing with cryptocurrencies, the company does accept traditional payments. There may be a level below, which they would not accept your transfer. We are used to forex brokers disclosing their minimum entry levels beforehand, like easyMarkets, who require $100.

 

Leverage

Margin trading is not available at Bitstamp. For those of you who do not know what margin trading is – this is a mechanism by which you trade with more buying power than the money you have in your account. When it comes to froex brokers, they allow substantial leverage levels, like 1:500, meaning you can trade with positions worth 500 times more than your investment. The catch is your account serves as a guarantee, and if you start loosing, there will be a point at which your positions will be closed (this is known as receiving a margin call, followed by a margin stop-out).

 

Fees

The commissions, charged by Bitstamp go as high as 0.25% for cash to cryptocurrency trades (for the lowest volumes). As is the practice with most other exchanges, they go lower with bigger volumes. The unusual aspect of this offering is that there is no incentive for the market “makers” (people who place orders on the exchange, instead of aggressively buying from the ones which other traders have placed). Most cryptocurrency exchange provide an ever so slightly lower fee for traders who provide liquidity.

 

Comparing this to the spreads provided by forex brokers is rather hard, as we have mentioned in our general comparison of the two type of service providers. On the other hand, Bitstamp’s fees are in-line with what other cypto-exchanges are offering.

 

 

Trading platform

 

Bitstamp’s trading platform is web-based. This is the norm with most cryptocurrency exchanges, unlike the situation with forex brokers, where downloadable software (like MT4) is prevalent. At first glance Bitstamp’s trading platform looks solid. A big emphasis is placed on charting, with a nice package. It feels pretty similar to cTrader, although it lacks a lot of the functionality. Lots of technical indicators and tools are available, but most forex trading platforms still provide even more options. That being said Bitsatmp’s offer is better that what we have seen at a lot of other crupto-exchanges. Here is a preview of the charting (click to zoom-in):

 

 

The order book is located below the chart and is one of the best ones available (at such exchanges). Here is a screenshot (click to zoom-in):

 

 

It was clearly designed by someone with trading experience as the bid and ask price are next to each other, where the two tables meet (on the left). This allows for a quick and easy comparison of the market depth, although the size of the orders (outer columns) must also be taken into account.

 

Methods of payment

 

Bitstamp accepts payments via Bank Transfer, Credit/Debit Card and cryptocurrencies. There are some specifics regarding the bank transfers, with EU clients being more easily accepted via the SEPA System. While this system is relatively faster than traditional bank transfers, it may come at higher fees (depending on your bank). On the other hand Credit Card transfers, while instant, come with an 8% fee. That being said, virtually anybody can transfer fiat currencies to this exchange. This feature is probably their biggest advantage over others.

 

Conclusion

 

Bitstamp is the first regulated European cryptocurrency exchange. The company keeps 98% of customer’s coins on cold storage wallets, which is a pretty good security measure. Bitstamp is one of the relatively few exchanges who accept deposits by Credit Card and Bank Transfer. Three of the major coins are traded directly against EUR and USD. On the other hand the exchange offers few alternative coins. In essence this is a great gateway for those who are new to the world of cryptocurrencies. Here is a summary Bitstamp’s strong and weak sides:

 

Pros Cons
Luxembourg licensing Few altcoins available
Accepts Bank Transfers and Credit Cards Was hacked in 2015
Competitive commissions 5% fee on credit card purchases
Relatively nice trading platform  
98% of coins kept in cold storage  

 

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