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CoinJar makes buying crypto easy

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Pick your crypto

Choose between 50+ leading cryptocurrencies.
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Pay your way

Use your bank account, Visa or Mastercard to buy make a purchase.
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Grow your portfolio

Store your crypto in our ultra-secure wallet. Diversify in a flash with CoinJar Bundles.
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All-in-one crypto wallet
Send and receive more than 50 cryptocurrencies. Convert your crypto with a click, transfer between CoinJar wallets fee-free and enjoy peace-of-mind with next-gen security.Learn more
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Industry-leading security
At all times more than 90% of our customers assets are stored offline in secure locations or in private key-enabled, multi-sig wallets.Learn more
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5-star support
Having issues? Check out our expansive Knowledge Base or else get in touch with our highly trained Support team, available 7 days a week.Learn more
Bank transfer, debit card or crypto?Buy crypto instantly with your bank account, Visa or Mastercard debit card. Get cash in your account with ACH. Convert crypto-to-crypto with a single click.See all crypto prices
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CoinJar Bundles & DCA

Automate & diversify your portfolio
Invest in themed baskets of crypto with CoinJar Bundles. Pick your Bundle in the CoinJar app and dollar buy, sell, rebalance, unbundle and dollar cost average your assets with ease. Use Recurring Buy to set up automated weekly, fortnightly, or monthly purchases at your chosen rate.See all Bundles

Institutional-grade crypto solutions

Powerful products and services designed for institutions, market makers and finance professionals from one of the world's longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges.
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CoinJar Clear
Designed in collaboration with stock exchange listed companies, CoinJar Clear offers your customers direct access to CoinJar’s 50+ ultra-liquid crypto markets, all from within your own app or client management system.Learn more
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CoinJar Payout
Power-up your cashback, rewards or loyalty program with CoinJar Payout. Let your customers claim Bitcoin, Ethereum and more than 50 other cryptocurrencies with simple integration and a ready-to-go API.Learn more
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Secure, private & encrypted

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Fraud protection

We employ multi-level data encryption, security audits and best practice organisation security to protect customer accounts. Our Support team uses advanced machine learning to recognise suspicious logins, account takeovers and financial fraud.
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Asset security

Our assets are secured by BitGo and Fireblocks, two of the most respected custody providers in the cryptocurrency space. We maintain full currency reserves at all times, with sufficient assets to cover more than 100% of our customer balances.
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Trusted exchange

CoinJar is one of the longest-running exchanges on the planet, operating with no downtime since 2013. We’re backed by some of the world’s top investors and are fully registered with government regulators for AML purposes.
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The Best Crypto Exchange: How to choose

So what is the best crypto exchange? That’s the middle-dollar question. Or should we say, the million-Bitcoin question! It really depends on what you want to do on a crypto exchange.

CEXs

The most common (and easy-to-use) type of exchange, CEXs, functions similarly to conventional stock market exchanges. They are governed by a central company, and users trust the exchange to manage their funds and carry out their trades.

These are great for beginners or for those who want to use the most popular method to buy and sell crypto. But you’ll have to play by the rules, which include handing over your ID and proving who you are.

DEXs

DEXs, on the other hand, operate on a decentralized network and do not rely on a central authority to hold funds. Instead, trades are conducted directly between users using smart contracts. This is an agreement between the buyer and seller that is coded into the transaction.

DEXs are great if you don’t want to prove who you are, and just want to trade with like-minded peers. But, DEXs tend to be way more complex to use and tend to be less user-friendly. Users need to be at a higher level of knowledge to interact with them.

Additionally, DEXs tend to have less crypto held on the exchange for users to buy and sell (this is called liquidity) so sometimes trades can take longer to execute, and because of this, fees can sometimes be higher.

But if you are big on privacy and anonymity you may prefer a DEX. Users can trade directly from their own wallets without using a third party or proving who they are.

Brokers

Brokers usually charge higher fees and spreads to cover their expenses, including payments to outside exchanges for executing trades. They typically do not hold the cryptocurrency being traded, but rather keep it on outside exchanges.

Customers have to just trust that these brokers have made good alliances. For example, an exchange called Digital Surge lost $33M in customer funds in the collapse of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange that went bankrupt in 2022.

Other considerations

When choosing a platform, it is also important to consider the regulatory aspects. This means looking for platforms that comply with regulations and are registered with local authorities. This ensures that you are protected against fraud.

You could also consider factors like transaction fees, ease of use, and available cryptocurrencies. Not every exchange has a wide variety of cryptocurrencies.

Key differences between exchanges and brokers

Exchanges and brokers can differ in how they handle the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies.

Signing up and verifying your account

The process of signing up for a CEX or a broker is typically the same, requiring the user to provide personal information, such as full name, email address, phone number, and a secure password. And of course, there’s photo ID required.

Brokers will also typically require their users to conduct a Know Your Customer (KYC) verification process when signing up.

Adding funds from an account

Depending on the exchange or broker, a user can deposit money into their account via several methods, including credit cards, bank transfers, or cryptocurrency transfers.

CoinJar has a crypto debit card that lets users spend their crypto at any Mastercard-accepted merchants. Brokers don’t tend to have this feature. CoinJar also supports more deposit methods than most brokers.

Trading cryptocurrency

To trade on an exchange, you usually follow a simple process of selecting the cryptocurrency asset you wish to trade, and choosing how much you want to trade. You may also set automatic buy and sell orders to avoid the need for constant monitoring of the exchange platform.

Since brokers often store cryptocurrencies on exchanges, they may charge higher fees and spreads when facilitating trades on third-party exchanges, as they need to cover their expenses, which include payments to the exchanges for executing trades.

Brokers may be a less secure option as they rely on other centralized organisations to conduct trades and don’t generally tell their customers which exchanges they use, and where their cryptocurrency is being stored.

Best crypto exchange: Conclusion

Choosing a crypto exchange is actually easy if you know what you want to do with crypto.

If you are new to crypto and want to go with an exchange that is registered with local authorities and has good security and fraud prevention, then a centralized exchange is probably right for you.

You can factor into this that some exchanges like CoinJar have been around for a really long time and get good reviews on rating sites such as Trustpilot.

If you have a higher level of knowledge and you want to trade crypto anonymously, then perhaps a decentralized exchange is right for you.

Choosing a broker means you have access to a greater range of cryptocurrencies, as they have partnerships with brokers who offer a vast array of cryptos. However, this can mean that you have to trust their judgment with your crypto.

As always, do your own research and choose an exchange or broker with good reviews and an established history before trading cryptocurrencies.

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