Understanding the Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

Binance is a cryptocurrency exchange and wallet. They are one of the top exchanges for trading altcoins, have low fees, and were the number one exchange for Bitcoin by volume as of 2018.

TIP: Binance blocked the US in September, 2019. Following the blocking they launched Binance.us. US citizens will now use Binance.us in most states. For those in states that can’t use Binance, try Kraken, Coinbase Pro, or Bittrex as an alternative.

Bottom line: Binance is a popular low fee altcoin exchange. They offer a wide array of coins and are often more generous with perks than other exchanges.

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TIP: If you hold Binance Coin (BNB) you will have money on trading fees at Binance. BNB is has been one of the top-performing crypto assets since Binance launched. So thus far it has been a decent hold for those who wanted to save on trading fees.

How to convert dollars to crypto for Binance:¬†Binance is kicked it up a notch in 2019. Binance users can now use dollars, credit cards, and debit cards in some regions and with some card providers. If you can’t use dollars on Binance, consider signing up for Coinbase, buying Bitcoin or Ether there, and then sending your Bitcoin or Ether to Binance to trade alts.

UPDATE: You can now use a credit card to buy crypto on Binance.

The Pros and Cons of Binance

As noted above, Binance is one of the most popular exchanges in the world here in 2019.

One reason it is popular is that it is a global exchange with a large selection of altcoins.

Another reason it is popular is that Binance has a good reputation, very low fees (the lowest of any major altcoin exchange), and generally offers perks other exchanges don’t (for example you’ll sometimes get forked coins after they fork and you get GAS for holding NEO on Binance).

Another reason it is popular is that they have a generous referral program that incentives people around the world to shill Binance on the internet (see the affiliate links above for an example).

Since Binance has a very large user base and high volume, they generally have smaller “spreads” and better “liquidity” than other exchanges (meaning it is easier to buy or sell a coin at market price when the time comes due to there being more orders on the books).

Thus, in short, the reason we are praising Binance and are comfortable shilling Binance, is because it is a good choice for an altcoin exchange with a good reputation here in 2018 (i.e., the affiliate program is just icing on the cake).

With that said, you probably want to know more than just a few selling points, and the reality is one always has to take into account risks.

One general risk is that Binance is a new exchange. They opened their doors in 2017. That means that unlike some other exchanges, they don’t have a long record of success behind them.

Another risk of sorts, for U.S. users at least, is that Binance is not a U.S.-based exchange. The exchange was based in Tokyo (as their CEO was previously involved in equities and crypto markets in Japan), but is now based in Malta due to Malta embracing cryptocurrency.

That isn’t a pro or con specifically, it is just another factor that should be considered (if you want a U.S. exchange with a solid selection of altcoins, try Bittrex).

All that said, Binance is a top exchange with a good track record and low fees that offers many cryptos and a range of trading pairs (and sometimes even offers futures on forks)… and that is hard to beat.

There are a lot of reasons to choose Binance as your primary crypto exchange. Just remember, there are always benefits and risks to weigh against each other! To be on the safe side, never leave too much money on a single exchange, and always enable two-factor authentication.

NOTE: Like with any exchange, to trade you’ll need to get verified. That means giving some personal information and proof of identification. There is no way around that. It is the same for any exchange you use. Always use crypto exchanges at your own risk!

TIP: If you feel nervous about using a foreign exchange, try following Binance on Twitter¬†or get to know “down to earth Chinese-Canadian billionaire” Binance CEO¬†Changpeng Zhao AKA “CZ” (see his Wiki page or follow him on¬†Twitter).

"Binance" contains information about the following Cryptocurrencies:

Binance Coin (BNB), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), NEO

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Smithhadl on

Binance is not longer accepting new users… I suggest checking out Kucoin as the preferred exchange (//www.kucoin.com), stay away from Gatehub and Bitgrail due to huge recent losses >USD$200m! (see here: https://medium.com/@rhjvr/gatehub-the-cryptocurrency-wallet-to-stay-away-from-3d483e8440bf)

Let me know if anyone wants help with how to sign up and buy BTC (or another coin) for the first time.

Thomas DeMichele on

Let’s skip the self promotion and FUD. I’ll let the links stand, as you touted a legit exchange (Kucoin) and legit article on Medium, but that said, I don’t want to use this site to host any self promotion (referral links), FUD, attempts at pumps, or anything like that.

With that covered, thanks for the comment ūüėČ


Please does binance or bittrex work in Nigeria?
And can I still register?

Thomas DeMichele on

Easiest way to find out is to sign up. I would assume Binance has a higher chance of working than Bittrex. No way for me to know what regions each exchange works in without digging through their FAQ and asking users.


I would love to get involved in trading ,
i live in australia and would like to know a reliable?
ive been caught once by Quantum.
cant afford another loss,
one of those automatic traders that dont need a lot of knowledge to trade,
hope someone can put me straight
.i get overseas people and ring at very strange hours and sound dodgy,,,,

Thomas DeMichele on

Well first off, I would stick to the top coins so BTC, ETH, and… well just those really. Then pick a strategy that won’t trade much and doesn’t use high leverage. You’ll likely want a liquid exchange like Binance or Coinbase. Then for automation, I suggest https://cryptocurrencyfacts.com/cryptohopper/

That is about it. So maybe a nice simple longer-term trend strategy, maybe some stops/take-profits at support and resistance, and a highly liquid less volatile coin like BTC.