Exchanges

What is an Exchange?

An exchange is a marketplace in which securities, commodities, derivatives, and other financial instruments are traded. In the case of Ether and virtual currency exchanges, they are businesses that allow their customers to trade currencies for other assets such as fiat money, Ether, or other virtual currencies. These exchanges may be a physical location where traders meet to conduct business or an electronic platform, such as a website. Most Ether and virtual currency exchanges are conducted through online platforms.

Which Exchange Do I Use?

Different exchanges may offer a variety of functions. They may accept credit card payments, wire transfers, postal money orders, or other forms of payment, (such as one virtual currency traded for another), in exchange for Ether or other virtual currencies. Most exchanges also offer a wallet function to store the Ether or virtual currency.

On ETHNews, the exchanges listed below are purely exchanges where a user can purchase Ether with fiat currency.

Coinbase Logo

Coinbase

Buy Ether

One of Bitcoin’s most popular wallets now supports Ethereum. Its easy-to-use interface can make a novice buy/sell/trade like an expert. Users must add their bank account in order to purchase Ether. These transactions would take approximately 5 business days to complete. However, if a user needs Ether right away, they can add their credit or debit information for instant purchase. Coinbase’s mobile app makes it easier for those on the go. Price trends can be looked up while paying for coffee in Ether, and for those who worry about security, Coinbase offers a MultiSig Vault to safely secure their coins.

OfficesSan Francisco, CA
Licensed/RegisteredYes
SecurityOffline storage, 2FA for each device, offline backups
DepositsACH Deposit, Bank Transfer
WithdrawalsACH Deposit, Bank Transfer
MobileYes (iOS and Android)
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
GDAX Logo

GDAX

Buy Ether

A Coinbase product. The exchange offers a user friendly interface for an easier trading experience. Users can transfer funds into their account using ACH deposit and bank transfer. They can also gain instant funds by adding a debit or credit card. Coinbase is also insured, which prevents any compromises to the prices of the virtual currencies, as well as protecting users’ funds.

OfficesSan Francisco, CA
Licensed/RegisteredYes
SecurityOffline storage, 2FA for each device, offline backups
DepositsACH Deposit, Bank Transfer
WithdrawalsACH Deposit, Bank Transfer
MobileYes (iOS and Android)
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
Gemini Logo

Gemini

Buy Ether

Gemini brings the first-ever licensed, fully regulated exchange for Ether users. Founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the exchange has made acquiring Ether easier than ever through ACH deposits. Users will have to go through a lengthy verification before moving on to the easy-to-use interface. Gemini is currently open for trading in 36 states.

OfficesNew York, NY
Licensed/RegisteredYes
SecurityOffline storage, Multi-sig technology, 2FA, Encryption
DepositsACH deposit, Bank Transfer
WithdrawalsACH deposit, Bank Transfer
MobileYes
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
Kraken Logo

Kraken

Buy Ether

Since launching in 2013, Kraken established itself as one of the safest and dependable exchanges on the market. Its user-friendly design allows beginners to trade with ease while instructing others how to use the more advanced model. Users can buy their Ether through market and limit orders as well as stop loss/take profits orders.

OfficesSan Francisco, CA
Licensed/RegisteredYes
SecurityOffline storage, 2FA, Email confirmations, Encryption
DepositsUS Residents - SynapsePay/Bank Transfer; Non-US Residents - PayCash SEPA/SWIFT
WithdrawalsUS Residents - Bank Transfer; Non-US Residents - PayCash SEPA/SWIFT
MobileYes (iOS)
SupportsETH, ETC
Buy Ether
Bitfinex Logo

Bitfinex

Buy Ether

This Hong Kong-based exchange offers three different functions for trading, each with their own wallet to help align your funds. Users can order their Ether through market and limit trading, as well as stop loss. Users can also trade mobilely through their iOS or Android app. *US residents are restricted from use on this site.

OfficesHong Kong
Licensed/RegisteredNo
SecurityAutomatic backup, 2FA
DepositsBank Transfer
WithdrawalsBank Transfer
MobileYes (iOS and Android)
SupportsETH, ETC
Buy Ether
CEX.io Logo

CEX.io

Buy Ether

With over 600,000 registered users, CEX.io has proven to be one of the strongest altcoin exchanges in the world. It’s one of the few exchanges that accepts Visa/Mastercard for a USD deposit if they do not want to wire their money. Just be aware, deposits take up to 15 days to process while withdrawals may take up to 20 days. The exchange’s simple interface makes it easy for beginners to buy and sell their ether. CEX.io also offers an iOS and Android app for those users on the go.

OfficesLondon, UK
Licensed/RegisteredYes
Security2FA, Offline storage, SSL Certificate, Encryption
DepositsVisa/Mastercard or Bank Transfer
WithdrawalsBank Transfer
MobileYes (iOS and Android)
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
EXMO Logo

EXMO

Buy Ether

Exmo employs programmers based in India, Russia, Spain, and Thailand as well as advisors in England, Lithuania, Singapore, and the United States. All working 24/7 to secure the safety of your funds. For additional support, Exmo provides an online chat that supports several languages. US residents have a wide variety of options to deposit their USD. The popular choice is to wire the money. However, users can also choose different payment providers such as Neteller, Perfect Money and Money Polo.

OfficesBarcelona, Spain
Licensed/RegisteredNo
SecurityOffline storage, 2FA, SSL Certificate, Encryption
DepositsBank Transfer, Neteller, Perfect Money, Money Polo, OKPAY
WithdrawalsBank Transfer, Neteller, Perfect Money, MoneyPolo, OKPAY
MobileNo
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
Livecoin Logo

Livecoin

Buy Ether

Livecoin began as a small exchange, only accepting Bitcoin and Litecoin. Now it handles over 60 different trading pairs, including three with Ethereum. The user friendly platform allows even a beginner virtual currency trader to feel like an expert. As with most exchanges, users must pay a fee when depositing fiat currency. The same with withdrawals. However, Livecoin is associated with multiple payment services to make it easier for their customers.

OfficesLondon, UK
Licensed/RegisteredNo
SecurityBasic - Pin, Email Code; Advanced -2FA
DepositsPerfect Money, OKPAY, Payeer, Capitalist, Bank Transfer
WithdrawalsBank Transfer, Perfect Money, PayPal, OKPAY, Payeer, Capitalist
MobileYes
SupportsETH
Buy Ether
BTC-E Logo

BTC-E

Buy Ether

Since launching in 2011, this original bitcoin exchange is one of the oldest on the market. It has since grown to become one of the most popular exchanges that supports multiple virtual currencies. As of right now, BTC-E is the leading exchange for ETH/USD trading pairs based on its volume. The customer’s safety is a must which is why BTC-E complies with KYC and AML regulations. In consideration of international customers, the website is available in three languages: English, Chinese, and Russian.

OfficesCyprus
Licensed/RegisteredNo
SecurityGoogle Authenticator (2FA)
DepositsPerfect Money, OKPAY, MoneyPolo
WithdrawalsWire Transfer, Perfect Money, PayPal, OKPAY, MoneyPolo
MobileYes
SupportsETH, ETC
Buy Ether
   

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