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How can I buy a Bitcoin?

How can I buy a Bitcoin?

Now that you understand the basics of Bitcoin, the next logical step is to actually get some. But how? This brief guide will teach you all you need to know. At present, Bitcoins are either bought directly from other people through marketplaces, or purchased at a Bitcoin exchange. They can be paid for in a number of ways, from cold, hard cash, to debit and credit cards, to a wire money transfer, and even using other cryptocurrencies. It largely depends on where you live and from whom you’re buying your Bitcoins.

How can I buy Bitcoins?

Despite the popularity of Bitcoin as the world’s leading cryptocurrency, and the serious discussion of it at many financial centres around the globe, it remains surprisingly difficult to use PayPal or your credit card to purchase Bitcoins, depending on the jurisdiction in which you live. Of course, the reason has less to do with Bitcoin, and more to do with the transaction methods themselves. These sorts of purchases can be easily reversed with nothing more than a telephone call to the card company, or by raising a report with PayPal. When you’re talking about the transfer of Bitcoins, it is difficult to prove that any goods have actually changed hands. This is the reason most private sellers, and almost all Bitcoin exchanges, do not accept credit cards or PayPal for such transfers. That said, the options have recently grown for consumers in certain countries.

Where do I keep my Bitcoins?

Before you think about buying Bitcoins, you’re going to need to get a Bitcoin wallet. Though ‘wallet’ is the accepted terminology, you’re better off thinking of it as a sort of bank account, specifically for your Bitcoins. As with any such set-up, there are different wallets you can choose from depending on the level of security you require for your funds, with some of the higher-specification wallets attracting a higher fee to initialise and run. Some wallets act like a regular spending or current account, and can be reasonably compared to a regular leather wallet. Other accounts include the sort of encryption and security that would not seem out of place in a major financial centre, or even in the military. There are four main types of Bitcoin wallet: • A software wallet, which remains stored on your computer’s hard drive

• A web-based, online wallet

• A vault wallet, which protects your Bitcoins by keeping the wallet offline

• A multisig (that is, a multiple-signature) wallet, which requires the use of a number of keys in order to protect the account.

It is important to note that none of these options is entirely invulnerable to hacking or other forms of online theft, and each has its own downsides as far as security is concerned.

How can I buy Bitcoins with a credit or debit card?

If you’re based in the United Kingdom, there are three main providers who offer the opportunity to make a Bitcoin purchase with your credit or debit card – Coinbase, CoinCorner and Bittylicious. All three accept 3D secure-enabled debit and credit cards, so long as they are on the MasterCard or Visa networks.

How can I buy Bitcoins with cash?

This is where face-to-face (FTF) or over-the-counter (OTC) transactions come into play. The easiest way to acquire Bitcoins, provided you live somewhere that allows you do so, is to make a FTF trade with a local Bitcoin seller. It allows you to avoid any potential hassle with the banks and offers a certain amount of anonymity to you as a buyer. It should be stated up-front that you will still need a Bitcoin wallet, and that you should be very wary of a local seller who advises otherwise, or who says that they will set one up for you.

Just as you would not trust another person with your bank account details, nor trust them to set one up in your name, you should make sure that the only person with the details of your Bitcoin wallet is you. There are online services, such as LocalBitcoins, where you can arrange your transaction and agree a price before meeting up with the seller. The purpose of this is to ensure that a cost of the trade can be set prior to making the payment. LocalBitcoins also operates an escrow facility (in which the funds are deposited with them to be paid out to the seller, and vice versa – the site essentially acting as a middleman for the trade). This adds a further layer of protection to the trade.  Face-to-face is a slight misnomer. It is entirely possible never to meet the seller. If an amount is agreed, you can make a cash transfer from your account into theirs, or you can go to their local bank and make a cash deposit into theirs, and then provide them with a receipt.

Once they have this, the seller should deposit the Bitcoins with you, for storage in your Bitcoin wallet. However, genuine face-to-face trades, where you meet the individual concerned, can and do take place, every day. As with any cash transaction involving a person you don’t know, you should have consideration of your own personal security, particularly if you are looking to trade a sizeable amount. First of all, you should always arrange to meet in a busy public place. The flip-side of this, but worth repeating, is that you should never arrange to meet in a private home, no matter how good a deal you’re getting. If the seller tries to give you some reason as to why this has to happen (that his Bitcoin wallet security is set-up in a way that it has to be operated from his home machine, for instance), then politely walk away and find another seller. The potential gains for your Bitcoin portfolio are not worth the attendant risks. In short, you should take all the precautions you would normally expect to take when walking around with a large amount of cash. Now, it’s possible that the seller will not need an actual cash transaction.

An online bank transfer might be entirely acceptable to them, but they want you do do it there and then, so they can see the money going over, before they reciprocate with sending you the Bitcoins. Some sellers might even allow you to make a payment via your PayPal account, though most would be understandably reluctant to do so, preferring a non-reversible method of payment, for all the reasons mentioned earlier in this piece.

If you hope to pay by PayPal, ensure that you confirm that this is OK with the seller before meeting up, to avoid embarrassment and wasting one another’s time. Depending on the person you are trading with, they might impose a premium of between 5% and 10% on top of the current Bitcoin exchange price, to allow for the convenience and privacy of a face-to-face trade (and to compensate for their time in meeting you to conduct the transfer).

Any reputable trader should be willing to set the price before you meet, but many will institute a window of opportunity for whatever deal you strike, not wanting to wait for too long, just in case the value of Bitcoin takes a sudden and dramatic shift. It should go without saying that, if you're meeting someone for a face-to-face Bitcoin sale, you will need some way of accessing your Bitcoin wallet. If this involves bringing along your tablet, smartphone, or laptop, then so be it, but don’t forget the other essential component: a live and active internet connection to be able to confirm the transfer.

A word of caution

When considering a face-to-face purchase of Bitcoins, you would be well-advised to check that such a trade is legal in your area, before agreeing to meet. There is little reason why it shouldn’t be but, since the laws for such transactions differ from one jurisdiction to the next, it is best to be sure ahead of time. Also, there is a risk you might excite the interest of local law enforcement if you’re exchanging large sums of cash with another person in a public place. While unlikely, and easily explained, there is always the chance that a passing police officer might suspect you of trading in something a bit more illicit that cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin Meet-ups

Of course, one-to-one trades might not be your cup of tea, and that’s understandable. A popular form of direct trading in Bitcoins is the meet-up group. You can use a website like meetup.com and see if there is such a thing in your local area. The principle is the same as a face-to-face exchange, but in a group setting that allows for a greater feeling of safety among the individual attendees, and also allows you to learn more about the Bitcoin market from other members of the group.

Bitcoin ATMs

This is a relatively new concept, but Bitcoin ATMs are increasing in both number and availability across the UK. Several vendors have either released, or are experimenting with these machines: BitAccess, Genesis Coin, CoinOutlet, Robocoin and Lamassu to name but a few. The principle is simple – a Bitcoin ATM serves the same function as a face-to-face transaction, only with a machine instead of another human being. You insert your cash into the ATM and then (depending on the vendor) you either receive a paper receipt containing the relevant codes you’ll need to load your new Bitcoins into your wallet, or you receive a QR code that you will be able to scan with your mobile phone. The rate of exchange has been seen to vary wildly with these machines, and many of them add a fee for the convenience of the service, which can be as high as 8% of the transaction cost.

Other ways to purchase Bitcoins

Consumers in the States who are classed as underbanked (that is, they don’t have sufficient access to the sorts of mainstream products and financial services usually offered by retail banks), can use expresscoin, who have recently emerged to cater to this very market, accepting wire transfers, personal cheques, and money orders to pay for Bitcoins. No such service exists in the UK at this moment in time.

What countries can I buy Bitcoins from?

Bitcoin is expanding rapidly into many different markets, and it is not only possible, but expected, that a Bitcoin trader will want to buy in one market and sell in another, as the different exchanges offer different rates. With third-party organisations like CoinBase available to assist the transactions, buying Bitcoins from a different country is now easier than ever. While the spread of Bitcoin is hardly universal at this stage, every major financial centre currently operates at least one Bitcoin exchange, and analysts predict that this growth will continue into developing markets.

At present, the following countries all have a trade in Bitcoins:

Asia: Singapore

Australasia: Australia

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

North America:

Canada, United States of America  As with any international financial transaction, it is important to make yourself aware of the various laws and conditions that might impact on your transfer, be it your payment to the seller, or your receipt of Bitcoins from them. If in doubt, it may be worth your time speaking to, or hiring, a dedicated Bitcoin broker to make the exchange on your behalf, for a fee.

In conclusion

Buying Bitcoins is certainly not as easy as many newcomers suspect, although the ways and means by which to do so are increasing and developing all the time. As Bitcoin continues to make its presence felt in the global marketplace, the process of making Bitcoin transactions will become ever more simple, as a way of enticing developing markets, new investors, and new consumers to the currency.

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The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

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  • Vitalik Buterin, has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. 
  • The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. 

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of one of the biggest crypto projects in the industry known as Ethereum has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. He further said:

“TLDR: merge happens faster, PoS happens faster, you get your juicy 100k TPS faster.”

Over the years, the network for Ethereum has experienced some significant rounds of high congestion. Three years ago in 2017, the popular CryptoKitties game slowed down the network massively but with the decentralised finance space growing rapidly, the network has been seriously clogged up.

As a result of this, it has led to high fees and longer than average confirmation times.

With Ethereum 2.0 very much just around the corner, there is a significant scaling upgrade solution that is supposedly going to speed up the network rapidly. This will increase the number of transactions per second and it will also move the blockchain to a different consensus algorithm known as a proof of stake. Phase 0 for the upgrade is set to occur on the 1st of December in two weeks!

The co-founder further went on to say that “all of these changes are designed to decrease the time until eth2 becomes useful to people.” 

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Coinbase co-founder, Fred Ehrsam set to join Fireblocks as a member of the board

Coinbase co-founder, Fred Ehrsam set to join Fireblocks as a member of the board

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  • Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of the crypto platform known as Coinbase is getting ready to join the digital asset security platform Fireblocks. 
  • It was announced last week that Fred would be joining the board following a recent round of funding.

Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of the crypto platform known as Coinbase is getting ready to join the digital asset security platform Fireblocks. It was announced last week that Fred would be joining the board following a recent round of funding.

The co-founder of the well-known crypto platform is getting ready to join the company as a board member following a $30 million funding ground to help expand its operations on an international level.

Throughout 2020, Fireblocks has launched a secure asset transfer network which would allow more institutions to efficiently transfer assets on chain. And on top of this, the platform also announced that it has seen more than $150 billion in transferred assets over the course of the past year. Fred has said:

“Fireblocks has become the go-to for any business looking to build new digital asset operations or scale existing ones… The extraordinary growth of the Fireblocks Network and its team in the last year attests to the enormous value they have unlocked for enterprise and institutional customers.”

 

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP Continues Correcting

XRP Price Analysis: XRP Continues Correcting

This analysis brought to you by RoboForex.

On Friday, November 27th, XRP has reached stability but is still correcting and trading at $0.5550.

As we can see in the daily chart, after finishing a quick rising wave, XRP/USD price is correcting to the downside. At the moment, the asset is trading close to 61.8% fibo, a breakout of which will indicate further pullback towards 50.0% fibo. The MACD histogram has broken 0 and is still moving to the upside – it may be another signal in favor of a new rising impulse. The upside target of the completion of the correction will be at 0.6800.

In the H4 chart, the cryptocurrency continues correcting to the downside. Right now, it is testing the support level, a breakout of which will result in further decline towards 50.0% fibo. The Stochastic indicator has formed a “Black cross” inside the “overbought area” and is still falling, which is an additional signal in favor of further decline towards 50.0% fibo. After completing the correction, the asset may test and break 61.8% fibo, and then continue trading upwards. The upside target is similar to the daily chart, 0.6800.

Ripple started its rally on November 20th, together with other cryptocurrencies. There are a lot of explanations of why it happened, from investors’ search for alternatives to fiat instruments to a surge in interest in cryptoassets from institutional players. Indeed, all of this really took place and, of course, expansion of the interest was in favor of cryptocurrencies. The entire market is on the rise but since “trees don’t grow sky-high”, active purchases faded to the correction.

Over this period of time, XRP has managed to update its high reached in May 2018. The asset is still moving like 80% below the highs of January 2018, when it was trading at $3.7, but investors are surely positive about further growth.

At the moment, XRP is back to third place in the list of the strongest and most popular cryptoassets.

By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex

 

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Any predictions contained herein are based on the author's particular opinion. This analysis shall not be treated as trading advice. RoboForex shall not be held liable for the results of the trades arising from relying upon trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

 

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Blockchain prepared to be integrated into the Ministry of education for Vietnam graduates in 2021

Blockchain prepared to be integrated into the Ministry of education for Vietnam graduates in 2021

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  • Vietnam is getting ready to integrate blockchain technology for issuing diplomas in 2021.
  • An announcement was made that highlighted that the ministry has teamed up with TomoChain in order to put a national student certification on the proprietary blockchain platform from TomoChain.

The Ministry of education and training in Vietnam is getting ready to integrate blockchain technology for issuing diplomas in 2021.

An announcement was made last week on the 18th of November that highlighted that the ministry has teamed up with TomoChain, a Singapore-based start-up, in order to put a national student certification on the proprietary blockchain platform from TomoChain.

As a part of this project, the Vietnam ministry is getting ready to issue all kinds of diplomas granted by its training units and the high school of higher education through this new system. Furthermore, this new system is going to come into effect at the end of the school year next year.

Interestingly, the announcement specifically highlighted the new blockchain-based certification system which has been designed to enable for transparent and immutable verification of the qualifications for all of its students. The deputy minister at the Vietnam Ministry of education, Nguyen Van Phuc has said the following:

“Diploma and certificate management is an issue that needs to be resolved by technology, which is significant for the whole of society and also cost-efficient for the diploma management system in particular, and education in general.”

This is an exciting development and could prove to be successful if integrated prep properly. Could this pave the way for other countries to follow in Vietnam's footsteps?

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