Probably the biggest realistic competitor to Coinbase Pro which is worthy of your consideration. Launched by the Winklevoss twins, Gemini has been built into a very impressive and user friendly platform. The fees are much higher than CB Pro (1.5% for orders >$200) and there aren’t as many coin pairs available on their platform to trade. We are, however, interested in checking out the details behind the Gemini Credit Card when it launches. If it offers 2+% in BTC rewards, we would consider making it one of our go to cards for our wallet.
Voyager is not an exchange but it is a commission free broker (just like Robinhood). It’s still early in the company’s lifeline but the platform and offerings are promising. Spreads do not seem as tight as Coinbase, if you want to use market orders. However, if you just want a venue to earn a good interest rate on your capital while putting some limit orders out to buy crypto, it’s very much worth considering. We are watching this platform very closely and we will continue to test it out over the coming months to years.
Based out of China, Binance is the largest crypto exchange, by volume, in the world. They have some of the lowest trading fees out there and if you plan on doing serious volume it is worth a look. However, it’s not yet available in every US state and we feel safer sticking with Coinbase.
The 4th largest exchange right now, by volume. Like Binance, fees are lower than CB Pro. The platform and technology is well made and the exchange has been around since 2011. Unlike Coinbase Pro, however, Kraken USD balances are not FDIC insured.
Bitfinex is a Hong Kong based exchanged registered out of the British Virgin Islands. Despite being in the top 5 exchanges globally, by volume, they have had no shortage of bad press and issues since their founding. Fees are comparable to Kraken and Binance but the foreign headquarters and the historical controversies make it one to avoid in favor of Coinbase Pro for us.
This isn’t an exchange but an incredibly useful resource to track the market cap of every single coin out there. Contrary to popular belief, the price per coin doesn’t (shouldn’t?) matter, it’s all about the value of the entire project
The best option for storing your crypto private keys yourself. We’ll likely do a full post on crypto hardware wallets soon, but if you want the best solution to holding your crypto yourself, we think it’s Trezor.
Paypal | Square | Robinhood
All these platforms offer the ability to buy at least some crypto offerings. We have not fully vetted all of them yet to provide a clear opinion on each.