Trading cryptocurrencies is different from traditional investing in several ways. A few examples:
- Compared to traditional investing, which has seen fees steadily decline in recent years, trading in cryptocurrencies costs much more. For example, depending on the method of payment, you could pay 5% or more in fees when trading Bitcoin. Most online brokers no longer charge a commission to trade stocks.
- Crypto is still a relatively new and burgeoning industry, and customer service has lagged behind what’s available at traditional brokerages. Want to speak to a person concerning questions or account issues at crypto exchange? Many pure crypto exchanges don’t offer that service.
- You have more responsibility for protecting your crypto from theft with cryptocurrency exchanges, especially if you use your own digital wallet. While exchanges protect you from losses due to site-wide hacks, you won’t be protected from individual attacks on your account — for example, a phishing email attack in which you unwittingly reveal your passwords to cybercriminals.