Newbie questions crypto thread

Malone

Pelican
Gold Member
Germanicus said:
After an agonizingly long time of research and learning the very basics of blockchain technology, I've decided to get into crypto. So just after Christmas I started signing up for exchanges... and I am stuck. In particular I've gone the basic bitch route of signing up for Coinbase but I'm also trying to sort out GDAX. GDAX is not accepting my ID. Now I've taken some very clear pictures of my ID with both a digital camera and with my webcam, but GDAX isn't having it. I've also noticed that Kraken and Binance are very slow in processing my information. Is it something to do with extra traffic because finally people are jumping onto the crypto bandwagon all at once plus it being the Christmas/New Year holiday? Or are they usually this fucking frustrating and slow?

I recently got verified on Bitpanda and it actually worked. That said, I had to use their mobile verification app (since the web app didn't work.)

For me, Binance was pretty much painless to get on. What is the slowdown?
 

Gas

Kingfisher
Gold Member
How do you back up your 2FA device? I changed phones recently and I had to rescan all the QR codes from the exchanges. Luckily my old phone still worked so I could get back into my accounts. I'm worried that if my phone gets stolen/lost, I won't be able to access my accounts.
 

Germanicus

Kingfisher
Malone said:
I recently got verified on Bitpanda and it actually worked. That said, I had to use their mobile verification app (since the web app didn't work.)

For me, Binance was pretty much painless to get on. What is the slowdown?

Getting onto it was ok. Getting verified is the problem. GDAX won't accept my pictures and Kraken and Binance have apparently accepted my documentation for consideration, but I'm still not verified. After several days.
 

bucky

Ostrich
Germanicus said:
Malone said:
I recently got verified on Bitpanda and it actually worked. That said, I had to use their mobile verification app (since the web app didn't work.)

For me, Binance was pretty much painless to get on. What is the slowdown?

Getting onto it was ok. Getting verified is the problem. GDAX won't accept my pictures and Kraken and Binance have apparently accepted my documentation for consideration, but I'm still not verified. After several days.

I seem to have been able to register for Kraken a few days ago, but since then any attempt to log in or actually do anything on the site has been getting me a 404 Page Not Found error. Just tried again and it's telling me my password is incorrect, and it doesn't look like I'm getting my password reset email. Seems like the site is effectively down, at least from here in Central America.

Come to think of it, would this mean that if I'd purchased crypto with Kraken I would have no way to access it now? Newbie question I know, but that's why I'm asking it here.
 

glugger

Woodpecker
Gas said:
Is anybody using the Bitfinex "Funding Wallet" to earn some passive income? I have some ETH sitting around that I plan to hold long term, I thought I could hold it in Bitfinex instead and earn a few extra dollars. Anyone used/using it?

I did for a little while with some btc that I was hodling. You can get approximately 15-30% return per year using it

Outside of USD and BTC there is virtually zero demand for funding, so the interest rates for other coins are tiny.

I stopped funding because the rate of return you can get from trading far outweighs what you can get from funding right now.
 

Adonis

Pelican
Gold Member
Gas said:
How do you back up your 2FA device? I changed phones recently and I had to rescan all the QR codes from the exchanges. Luckily my old phone still worked so I could get back into my accounts. I'm worried that if my phone gets stolen/lost, I won't be able to access my accounts.

When the QR code pops up there should be a recovery key under it that you can print out and store somewhere safe.

Otherwise if your phone is lost/stolen/damaged it will be a nightmare to get back into your account.

So if you didn't print or otherwise save those recovery codes I would recommend disabling the 2FA, then re-enable and save the code.
 

Stonk

Robin
Hey guys. So I'm new to crypto and all but I want to invest in it. My question is, Is it too late in invest in bitcoin given the fact that its value has skyrocketed? Also, apart from bitcoin, is there any other good crypto one could invest in as a newbie?
 

Germanicus

Kingfisher
Stonk said:
Hey guys. So I'm new to crypto and all but I want to invest in it. My question is, Is it too late in invest in bitcoin given the fact that its value has skyrocketed? Also, apart from bitcoin, is there any other good crypto one could invest in as a newbie?

I'm in the same boat, man. Been thinking about investing in crypto since the late summer and that's when I started to sit down and learn about it. I had a busy fall with work and life commitments so I was still learning and not fully comfortable when Bitcoin really took off, so I missed the boat there. Which I don't feel too poorly about since my life experience has taught me to have a solid base of preparation before embarking on anything serious-- and I wasn't squared away and I wouldn't have been able to take proper and intelligent advantage of the situation.

It's just recently that I've started to make my first solid steps. From what little I know and what information resources there are available, I'd say Bitcoin is still a worthy investment, albeit don't focus exclusively on it. Ethereum and Litecoin are also worth a look, and keep your eyes on some of the alt coins making their way up. Ripple, RaiBlocks, Monero, and a couple others have some great potential. Using Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum for purchasing some of these coins on certain exchanges is also a potentially useful strategy.

Just do your homework-- a lot of that being reading and listening to the experienced guys on this sub-forum talk. There is some absolute gold standard advice here. I've learned a lot of solid information just from lurking and reading and making hours worth of notes and then comparing it to what I see elsewhere on the internet.
 

Malone

Pelican
Gold Member
Bitpanda worked nicely for me in the EU.

When it comes time to verify, use the mobile app instead of the web app. It works, web app doesn't seem to.
 
What protections are experienced crypto investors taking to hedge against a crash to one of the major coins?

For example, lets say I purchase 1 Bitcoin on Coinbase / BDAX and then divy that up into alt-coins via Binance / Bitrex.

Is there a possibility that any exponential gains made via the Alt coins are negated by a crash in Bitcoin / Ethereum.

My understanding is that only Bitcoin / Ethereum / Litecoin / Monero are directly transferrable to USD. So any gains would be obsolete if a major coin experiences a severe drop in value.
 
What place has a Monero/USD pairing?

In answer to your question, you don't hold the BTC for long enough for the drop to matter.
YOu sell the altcoin for BTC and then immediately sell the BTC, holding it for only an hour or so.
 

fortysix

Woodpecker
Gold Member
What causes certain crypto transfers/withdrawals to take DAYS, while others are moved in minutes?

For instance, I am trying to withdraw crypto from an ICO I just bought to MyEtherWallet, and its already been three days.

Similarly, when I moved ETH from coinbase to Binance, it also took over twenty four hours.
However, I previously went to pay for something in bitcoin, and the transaction was almost immediate.

Why the differences?
 
You're not using enough gas when you do your ETH transfers.
The ETH network is really backed up lately, and the default gas prices (Which were set when ETH was far smaller than it is now) are no longer sufficient.
 

bucky

Ostrich
SamuelBRoberts said:
Is it too late in invest in bitcoin given the fact that its value has skyrocketed?

Probably not.

Also, apart from bitcoin, is there any other good crypto one could invest in as a newbie?

Yeah there's a bunch. Buy some ETH, maybe? Lots of people like ETH.

If I buy ETH on coinbase now, can I realistically expect to be able to convert some of it to Ripple and Monero in the near future? I'm a newb and still somewhat confused about how to actually purchase Ripple and Monero, the two cryptos that actually interest me the most.
 

Adonis

Pelican
Gold Member
bucky said:
SamuelBRoberts said:
Is it too late in invest in bitcoin given the fact that its value has skyrocketed?

Probably not.

Also, apart from bitcoin, is there any other good crypto one could invest in as a newbie?

Yeah there's a bunch. Buy some ETH, maybe? Lots of people like ETH.

If I buy ETH on coinbase now, can I realistically expect to be able to convert some of it to Ripple and Monero in the near future? I'm a newb and still somewhat confused about how to actually purchase Ripple and Monero, the two cryptos that actually interest me the most.

Of course you can.

I just bought a little bit the other day and the whole thing from initial buy to downloading new coins to my wallet took <1hr.
 

bucky

Ostrich
Adonis said:
bucky said:
SamuelBRoberts said:
Is it too late in invest in bitcoin given the fact that its value has skyrocketed?

Probably not.

Also, apart from bitcoin, is there any other good crypto one could invest in as a newbie?

Yeah there's a bunch. Buy some ETH, maybe? Lots of people like ETH.

If I buy ETH on coinbase now, can I realistically expect to be able to convert some of it to Ripple and Monero in the near future? I'm a newb and still somewhat confused about how to actually purchase Ripple and Monero, the two cryptos that actually interest me the most.

Of course you can.

I just bought a little bit the other day and the whole thing from initial buy to downloading new coins to my wallet took <1hr.

May I ask which exchanges you used and where you're located? I'm getting my ass handed to me by exchanges being unusable from my location (e.g. coinbase) or just being completely down (e.g. Kraken). Also, out of curiosity did you convert ETH to XMR or XRP? That's what I really want to do but my understanding is that I'd have to purchase ETH on one exchange then use it on another to buy XMR and XRP which I just haven't been able to figure out.

I'm in Central America, by the way.
 
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