Having started to dabble with Bitcoin in May of 2016, I was in the mindset of ‘Damn! Why didn’t I invest when it was cheaper? No point buying now as it surely won’t get any higher!’ . How naïve! 12 months on and Bitcoin has sky rocketed from $500 in June of 2016 to nearly hitting the $3000 mark one year later. And again, I find myself in a similar mindset that maybe I was too late. This time however I am throwing caution to the wind and start making a small investment, not just in Bitcoin but several others which are gaining headlines.
Last year I was using ‘Localbitcoins’ to purchase my cryptocurrency, as an exchange platform the conversion rate was significantly higher so I set out to find a new way to purchase. I soon found Coinbase which despite having it’s fair share of critics, is an excellent website to begin buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. It did take a bit of time to become verified due to the sheer amount of users joining, there were numerous issues accepting my passport and eventually purchasing crypto but my persistence paid off and I finally became an investor.
Coinbase also has an excellent app which allows you to monitor the price of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, set up price alerts and make investments while on the move.
Having become verified with Coinbase there were still numerous issues, mainly my card being refused when trying to make further investments. Having contacted the bank they made it clear there were no blocks on my account and it was in fact an issue with the website. This was due to the sheer amount of users joining throughout this time, everyone trying to ensure they didn’t miss out.
Growing impatient, I had to find an alternative and this led me to register with BitPanda! BitPanda worked a lot smoother however you cannot store Ether (Ethereum) and need to send them to a different wallet.
To secure my cryptocurrency and ensure they are not kept with one of the mentioned above website, I have purchased a Nano S Ledger wallet. This allows you to store your cryptocurrency offline and is your personal wallet.
Since writing this cryptocurrency’s seem to be making a correction having made massive gains. In for the long term, this is of no concern . Find some links below which you may find useful if you are just starting out investing in cryptocurrency.