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Cryptocurrencies experienced a meteoric rise in 2021 and are expected to be adopted more widely in the future.
At the same time, the shutdown of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance in Singapore earlier this year spooked many potential investors.
Is it still worth it to trade tokens on other exchanges like Crypto.com?
What is Crypto.com
Founded in 2016, Crypto.com is a cryptocurrency exchange that allows users to invest, trade, send, and stake crypto assets and blockchain-related products. Crypto.com currently supports slightly over 250 different cryptocurrencies and 20 fiat currencies. The company also offers a crypto wallet, non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, cryptocurrency Visa debit card, and other services.
Crypto.com provides its services across three platforms: Crypto.com, the Crypto.com exchange, and its DeFi (decentralised finance) Wallet app. The main app is designed for beginners while the Crypto.com Exchange and the DeFi Wallet app are geared towards active traders.
Unlike the other two apps, users on the DeFi Wallet app trade on a decentralised exchange, which gives them complete control over their assets.
What is CRO
CRO is the native token on Crypto.com’s blockchain. CRO is a utility token that gives users access to various benefits within Crypto.com’s ecosystem.
Fees and charges
Crypto.com has a complex fee structure. Here are some of the main fees and charges you should know about:
|Deposit cryptocurrency into crypto wallet||0%|
|Transfer cryptocurrency to other Crypto.com users||0%|
|Withdraw cryptocurrency to an external wallet|
*These fees are fixed amounts of specific coins. Withdrawing a large amount means a lower fee and vice versa.
|Deposit fiat currency via bank transfer||0%|
|Buying cryptocurrency using other cryptocurrencies||0%|
|Buying cryptocurrency using debit/credit card||Up to 4%|
|Top-up Crypto.com card|
Debit card: 0%
Credit card: 1%
|Reissue card /card upgrade||S$50|
|Inactivity (12 months)||S$5|
These rates are obtained from the Crypto.com app under “Fees and Limits” and are subject to future changes.
Pros and cons of Crypto.com
1. Easier way to transact via Crypto.com Visa card
One of Crypto.com’s main selling points is its Visa card. This card allows you to spend your cryptocurrencies both in-store and online. The Visa card comes in different tiers. To unlock higher cashback and access more benefits, you have to stake more CRO tokens.
Staking means investing your cryptocurrencies to earn interest on them.
2. Earn high interest by staking CRO tokens
Another popular feature is Crypto.com’s Earn Programme where users can stake their cryptocurrencies to earn up to 14.5% per annum. There are three timelines to choose from: Flexible, one month, and three months.
The longer the staking duration, the higher the interest rate. The flexible option gives you the lowest rates but allows you to withdraw the staked assets at any time, while the three-month option locks your cryptocurrencies for three months in return for the highest rates.
A higher Visa card tier also offers you higher rates.
3. Be rewarded for owning CRO
Crypto.com holds supercharger events on a regular basis. These events allow you to earn other cryptocurrencies using your CRO token.
Charging Period: This is the period when users deposit at least 100 CRO to participate. The amount awarded is based on the total amount deposited and the duration charged. Different events have differing charging periods.
Reward Period: This is the period where users are awarded other cryptocurrencies. You will receive payouts daily over a fixed period of time. You have to manually accept the reward or you will not receive anything.
The supercharger rates are extremely low compared to the Earn Programme. But it is still a way to earn cryptocurrencies. All you need is a small number of CRO tokens.
4. Buy gift cards using cryptocurrencies
Users can use their cryptocurrencies to buy gift cards from brands such as Adidas and Grab without converting them into fiat money using Crypto.com’s Pay feature. You can also transfer your cryptocurrencies to other users via the Crypto.com Pay feature.
5. Be rewarded for logging in
Missions is a loyalty programme that encourages users to log onto the app every day. There are a variety of tasks that users can complete to earn “Diamonds”. These diamonds can be exchanged for mystery boxes that contain varying amounts of CRO tokens.
1. Large spread
Crypto.com does not charge any trading fees, but it has a large buy-sell spread compared to other exchanges.
The higher the spread, the more you are paying to buy the same amount of tokens. This is a small issue for beginners or users trading small amounts, but it can be costly for those who make sizable and frequent trades.
Here is our tip if you plan to use Crypto.com: Spreads are different based on the time of the day. Look at the trading history to find out when is the best time to trade.
2. Fees from using debit and credit cards
Crypto.com charges a fee of up to 4% if you buy cryptocurrencies using a debit or credit card. There is also a 1% fee if you top up your Crypto.com card with a credit card. These fees add up and eat into your returns.
There are ways to bypass these fees. There are no fees if you use a debit card to top up your Crypto.com card. You can also use StraitsX, a regulated payment infrastructure, to fund your account and buy cryptocurrencies with no fees.
3. Limits to staking
To enjoy Crypto.com’s card benefits, users have to stake their CRO token for at least six months. You cannot sell your stake even if you urgently need to cash out. The value of CRO tokens also depends on the market six months later.
How to Open an Account
Opening a Crypto.com account is easy. After you submit the relevant documents, your account will be approved within two to three working days.
If you want to avoid paying fees from debit or credit card payments, you also need to set up a StraitsX account, and link it to your Crypto.com account.
Is Crypto.com safe?
Crypto.com has put in many security measures like multi-factor verification and anti-phishing warnings.
It is the first financial technology company to receive the Singapore Data Protection Trust Mark. Users’ assets are kept in cold storage ledger vaults and inaccessible to hackers. The company has a team of security experts that monitor the platform round-the-clock to identify potential threats.
Why use Crypto.com
With its wide range of products and services, Crypto.com is suitable for both beginners and professional traders.
Crypto.com is the perfect entry point for new cryptocurrency traders. The main app is user-friendly and intuitive. The company’s other two platforms, the Crypto.com Exchange and the Crypto.com DeFi Wallet, have enough complex features and insights catered to active traders.
Cryptocurrencies are high-risk investments. Be sure to do your research into the right tokens to buy, and which exchanges offer the lowest fees.
If you have been thinking of taking on the new asset class, Crypto.com’s exchange is one of the safest in the world to use.