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You have either read about Bitcoin Cash or understood it or haven’t understood but don’t wanna miss the train. In this article, we’ll help you understand what’s a Bitcoin Cash is, how’s it different from Bitcoin, reliable place to buy one.
According to the Bitcoin Cash website, “Bitcoin Cash is peer-to-peer electronic cash for the Internet. It is fully decentralized, with no central bank and requires no trusted third parties to operate.” This is the exact definition of Bitcoin because Bitcoin Cash is a hard fork of Bitcoin. A fork is a split of a blockchain into 2 different versions. This can happen to any blockchain but specifically this Bitcoin hard fork was caused by groups disagreeing with how the Bitcoin blockchain should evolve over time. This post should help those who are new to Bitcoin Cash to understand how it is different than Bitcoin.
Now that you know what’s a Bitcoin Cash, we can go ahead and learn ways to invest in Bitcoin Cash. However, you’ll have following questions in mind.
Coinbase — This is the place where you can convert your fiat currency(US Dollars) into Bitcoin Cash or other Cryptocurrencies.
I don’t work for Coinbase. I just find them convenient. There are a lot of alternative options but Coinbase is the recommend one!
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Bitcoin Cash is not just the one to buy, there are other blockchain based currencies, which are different and in some terms superior to just being a currency. Few of which are Bitcoin, Ripple, Monero.
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Coinbase provides you ways to buy
Credit/Debit Card obviously has higher fees associated, so you might not want to go for that
Among Paypal and Bank Account, I would suggest you to choose Bank Account if you are in the US
Factors here are fees associated and limits allowed to transfer as you can see in the image here.
Coinbase lets you to deposit money either to it’s USD Wallet or You can buy BTC/ETH/LTC/BCH directly. Depositing money to Coinbase takes some time i.e 4–5 business days. This is because of the ACH transfer from bank to Coinbase. This delay is one of the factors to be considered while depositing as you need to think of it and see if you want to deposit or buy directly — we’ll discuss about this as we go ahead. Before that what’s these wallets?
Coinbase provides you with 4 types of wallets. Essentially each one of them is store specific currency.
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Depositing money from your Bank to USD wallet takes about 4–5 days. You can refer this article to understand why it takes so long. Meanwhile a lot can happen! These cryptocurrencies are so volatile that price may shoot up even 100% in 4 days. When I mentioned volatile, it’s equally possible that it may go down 100% or more in just 4 days! So it’s all about your own research about what exactly these coins are, what’s the right price — price of these coins mostly depends on supply vs demand as well as some technological breakthroughs and partnerships.
Even a direct buy takes 4 days for your bought currency to reflect in your wallet. The very same article explains it. It’s because of ACH transfer and bank takes 3–5 business days to process the request and send your money to Coinbase. However, you get a locked-in price for the selected coin if you buy directly!
So, if you think price of a Bitcoin or an Ethereum is right at this point of time, and you think if the price might go up in next 2–3 days and are sure that it will not go down in next 4–5 days — Then go for direct buying of the currency you are interested in.
So when you click on big blue button “Buy Ethereum” — you will lock your price to the current value on coinbase and acquire it. It shows on your ETH Wallet as Pending with the amount of Ethereum bought. In this case it would show as 13.82657643 ETH — arriving on Saturday 6/24/2017 and shows $5000 irrespective of current price.
This way, if the demand for ETH increases and the price soars to $450 by 6/24, you would have already made profits by then. Same is the case with losses — if it goes to $200 by 6/24, you still got 13.82657643 but valued at $200.
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If you think price is high or irrational at current point or you have not decided which coin to buy or not ready to invest, then deposit your money to USD Wallet, so that once you makea decision — it would be an instant buy of either of those coins from USD wallet.
What’s that — Trading via an Exchange — GDAX
GDAX: Global Digital Asset Exchange (formerly Coinbase Exchange) is a crypto currency exchange owned by coinbase. Advantage here is you can login to GDAX with your coinbase credentials.
An exchange, if you are into stocks before would understand easily — place where people buy and sell stuff. In this case, it’s BTC, ETH and LTC — GDAX is a place where people trade these 3 currencies.
GDAX allows you to deposit money in 4 ways
Once you’ve your money deposited to GDAX, you can buy a currency (say ETH) at Market Price or Limit Price. Exchange is a place where someone sells a unit of currency and someone buys it. If both of them agree on a price, that will be the market price for that moment.
Eg: If someone wants to sell an ETH at $300 and there’s someone who want’s to buy at $299. Sale will never happen unless one of them compromises or a new guy places another order at $300. So one cannot sell unless someone buys at price he quotes and vice versa.
In above example, you say “Buy at Market Price” you will be allotted the ETH at minimum sell order placed by someone i.e. $300 — So you’re called a Taker because someone made an offer and you took it.
If you’ve said “Buy at Limit Price” and set a Limit Price to $299.23; you will be allotted an ETH when someone sells an ETH for the amount you’ve asked for i.e. $299.23 — In this case, you’re called Maker because you made an offer and someone took it.
Same applies for Sell too.
On GDAX, transaction fee for Maker is 0% and transaction fee for taker is between 0.10% and 0.25% for BTC books and 0.10% and 0.30% for ETH books. So you save transaction fee, if you understand how the trading works on an exchange and how to place a limit order for buy or sell. Following is the guide on how to do this for beginners.
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