How to Choose a Cryptocurrency Exchange

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How to Choose a Cryptocurrency Exchange

Fintech has been showing fascinating development for the past few years, thus bringing brand new terms into our lives, primarily ‘’blockchain’’ and ‘’cryptocurrency’’. These terms are often mixed up or even considered to be one and the same thing, which is wrong.

Blockchain is a technology based on tokenisation — the system, while cryptocurrency is a form of digital (tokenised) money — an entity distributed through the system. Like any money, cryptocurrency can be traded or exchanged. Sounds simple so far, but if you’re a newcomer in the cryptoworld, questions will start to pile up eventually.

Let’s suppose you have some amount of cryptocurrency you want to exchange for conventional money, for example, USD, but you don’t know how to do it. You’ll need to go to a crypto exchange. In order to choose one wisely, you have to consider a number of factors.

Technological Factors

Crypto exchanges are platforms that let you trade and exchange cryptoassets for other cryptoassets (cryptocurrency or any tokenised commodity) or against conventional money (USD, EUR, etc.). Types of cryptoexchanges include the following.

Trading platforms

These are like traditional stock exchanges, with a mediator in buyer-seller relations. The exchange process is linked to current market prices. The platform charges a fee for each transaction.

Direct trading

Based on peer-to-peer (P2P) principles, direct trading excludes the middle-man from the buyer-seller chain. Sellers set their own exchange rate, whilst buyers search for sellers via the platform and perform an Over the Counter (OTC) Exchange or denote most appealing rates, so the platform matches buyers and sellers.


Brokers are somewhat similar to foreign exchange dealers. You can buy and sell cryptocurrencies at a price set by the broker (usually market price plus a premium for the broker).

Also you have to remember that crypto exchanges are linked to the current state of blockchain technology. By far, the main technological issues are:

  • the throughput limit of transactions — a cause for delays and malfunctions in the system;
  • breaches of security.

Alone and combined these issues have already caused some exchanges to halt operations or even file for bankruptcy, forcing people to lose money without compensation. Mt. GOX, Coincheck and Youbit are among most notable examples.

Notable cases of exchanges collapsing
Typical issues for crypto exchanges

Legal Factors

Blockchain technology is subject to relevant legislation, which is currently evolving both internationally and regionally. Besides taxation, there are other considerable legal factors, including the legal status of exchanges.

Even if the country where the exchange is located has resolved a number of legal issues, you should always keep up with the latest news, because there isn’t a single state with completely settled legal rules for cryptocurrencies yet. The regulations debate is still going on and new issues are introduced literally every month, so what is convenient today might become a problem tomorrow and vice versa.

Progress on the legal status of crypto exchanges
Progress on the legal status of crypto exchanges

Usability Factors

Last but not least is the usability of the exchange:

  • Level of liquidity
  • Transaction fee structure
  • Exchange rate
  • Transparency of coins, prices and volumes data
  • Payment options
  • Geographical restrictions

Waves DEX is fully compliant with all the factors mentioned above.

The Technology

Benefits of centralized and decentralized technology paired with unprecedented security and speed

All transactions happen on the blockchain, and only the order list is held on the centralised matcher. This allows us to take full advantage of both centralised and decentralised technologies.

Your orders are transferred to the matcher over an encrypted channel and are not visible to other participants until the moment of execution. This excludes the possibility of unscrupulous traders manipulating information about an upcoming trade. Funds are kept in your wallet, not on the exchange.

Moreover, our platform is powered by Waves-NG, the fastest protocol in blockchain’s history.


Waves approaches the legal aspects of blockchain’s development seriously. Not only is our platform the most technologically advanced, it is constantly kept relevant with the latest updates in crypto legislation.

In 2017 we partnered with Deloitte to launch the development of a legal framework for wider adoption of blockchain technologies, thus keeping our products, including DEX, updated with evolving legislation.

DEX: How Does It Work?

The Usability: Liquidity, Fees, Interface

Waves’ DEX allows you to trade any token pairs that are on the blockchain. In addition, there are no restrictions on the withdrawal of funds from the DEX. As soon as your transaction is complete, the cryptocurrency will appear in your wallet.

There is a very low and fixed fee on DEX, which doesn’t depend on the size of the trade. The commission per order is 0.003 WAVES. If an order isn’t executed in full, an incomplete and proportional commission is calculated for you. By canceling the order, you lose nothing.

DEX provides a wide range of indicators and trading tools, and is suitable for use by professional traders and newcomers alike. You can use major national currencies (EUR, USD and TRY) and cryptocurrencies (WAVES, BTC, ETH, ZCASH, LTC) or even profit from running your own matcher.

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Very detailed post about choosing an exchange. There have many hacks in the past, people need to be more careful where they choose store their money.

Once you’ve made your decision to invest in cryptocurrency you will probably face the same problem as lots of new investors: Where do I buy and sell my cryptocurrencies ?

It’s hard to gauge which is the best exchange to use as there are many with different offerings and risks. As exchanges are largely unregulated in most jurisdictions, it’s up to your risk appetite when deciding which is the best to use.

Bitspark did a deep comparison of “the 5 best Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Buy and Sell Cryptocurrencies in 2018

Have a look here:

Very valid points brought up. I would add just a couple of things:

  1. A tip regarding choosing the exchange. It was mentioned here that they all establish their own fees. The fees are different not only between exchanges but sometimes between different trading pairs on the same exchange. Use a free service like Switchain to compare rates between a few different exchanges for each individual transaction.

  2. There are custodial and non-custodial exchanges. Put simply, the first ones hold onto your assets that you leave with them which is what makes it vulnerable. Once it's hacked there's nothing you can do but watch. Non-custodial ones only hold your assets for the time necessary to complete the exchange.

For me i think the best way to choose a cryptocurrency exchange if the team is doing something for their users to be more convenient and hassle-free try to check this Kucoin Platform 2.0

It's hard to define “the best exchange” because different traders have various requirements. So, I think it's more useful ‌to search for different sources of information regarding one or another exchange and compare them in order to get as complete knowledge as possible. I would like to mention that it's better to refer to trustworthy articles than to user’s feedbacks, 'cause their opinions may be subjective from time to time. But educative sites usually value their reputation and therefore trying to provide users with comprehensive and honest information. For example, at Cryptohoo you can find full descriptions of exchanges including observations of their security measures, interface, fees, trading pairs etc. Still, any of us have certain preferences concerning priority ranking of these factors. So, pay attention at each advice, but decide by yourself.

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For me the best exchange is the one who values their customers and what they feel. Take this as an example

Thanks for posting this mate! this will help me to filter out all the possibilities on choosing an exchange. This can be my guide while reading this kucoin review that one of my top choice exchange. Thanks again!

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