Coinbase Pro Login
- Coinbase Pro is Coinbase's more sophisticated exchange offering for experienced crypto traders.
- Users can place market, limit and stop orders on the platform.
- It also offers lower fees when buying crypto than Coinbase, depending on the type of order placed.
Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Coinbase is one of the largest and most recognisable digital currency exchanges in the world, and is often the first port of call for cryptocurrency newcomers, thanks to its ease of use and accessibility.
In 2015, the company added another powerful asset to its roster by launching a US-based exchange for professional traders, called Coinbase Exchange. The following year, this was rebranded to Global Digital Asset Exchange, or GDAX.
We're excited to announce Coinbase Pro! https://t.co/qv7rafvOB3 pic.twitter.com/pMKYGJXsQA— Coinbase Pro
Fast forward to 2018, and another name change resulted in the Coinbase Pro we know today—a platform that aims to provide professional trading tools and services, all packaged in a UI that’s designed to make trading experiences easier and more intuitive. Does it deliver? Let’s find out.
Cryptocurrency exchanges are often a complicated, convoluted mess of charts, menu options and numbers all crammed together into one intimidating mess. Thankfully, Coinbase Pro’s design and UI is cleaner than many of its rivals, with a layout that’s easy to navigate.
Coinbase Pro features a simple, slick interface. Image: Coinbase
Dark theme aside (which our eyes are very thankful for), the main screen itself is clearly laid out into different sections. The left-hand side allows you to select your market and view your wallet balance, while also placing different types of buy and sell orders. The central section displays the order book and price charts, with your open orders displayed beneath the latter. The right-hand side shows a list of the trade history.
It’s all very neat, tidy, and intuitive to use, making it an ideal first exchange for crypto newcomers who want to take their first steps beyond merely purchasing coins with fiat currency on the regular version of Coinbase.
If you already have a Coinbase account, then getting started on Coinbase Pro is as simple as clicking ‘Login’ and entering your Coinbase email address and password.
If you're starting from scratch, the signup process is straightforward, kicking things off by asking for your name, email address, and what password you’d like to use. The next steps might seem a little unnerving if you’ve never registered at an exchange before, but you can rest assured that everything’s above board.
You’ll need to provide your address and a phone number for verification, along with providing a valid form of state ID. In the US, this means you’ll have to provide your social security number. This is standard practice and there’s no way around it if you want to set up an account.
Despite the ‘Pro’ in its moniker, navigating and using Coinbase Pro is a pain-free experience. If you’re looking to deposit cryptocurrency, simply go to ‘Assets’, and ‘Deposit’, choose the currency you’re looking to deposit, and copy the wallet address provided. Withdrawing is just as easy. Go to ‘Assets’, then, you guessed it, ‘Withdrawal’.
If you’re looking to deposit or withdraw fiat currency, then that’s also easily done via the ‘Assets’ page. If you’re using USD you’re able to carry out an ACH transfer of bank wire from a US bank account, which also applies to withdrawals.
When it comes to placing an order when trading, you’ve got three options—a market order, a limit order, and a stop order.
- 💵 A market order lets you buy immediately at (or near) the current market price. This is the simplest option, and is essentially like buying on the regular version of Coinbase.
- 📉 A limit order allows you to buy or sell at or below a specific price. This gives you greater control over your price, essentially it allows you to only buy an asset if it hits a set price (or lower). But if the price is going the other way, this trade might take longer to complete.
- 🛑 A stop order allows you to buy or sell an asset once its price hits a specified point. Once the price hits that point, the stop order becomes a 'market order', which tells the trade to execute immediately.
Users can easily transfer funds between their regular Coinbase and Coinbase Pro wallets. This is done via the ‘Assets’ page—all you have to do is select the relevant Coinbase or Coinbase Pro wallet under the ‘Destination’ option.
Compared to Coinbase’s high fees (which can hit more than 4.00% for credit and debit card transactions), Coinbase Pro’s fees are much lower, making it far more appealing to investors. It’s also worth bearing in mind that fees are reduced the more you trade.
Coinbase Pro uses a maker-taker fee model to work out its trading fees. Maker orders provide liquidity, and are charged different fees to orders that take liquidity (taker orders). Fees are calculated depending on the pricing tier you’re in when the order is placed, and not the tier you’re in after a trade is completed.
Coinbase Pro uses a maker-taker fee model. Image: Coinbase
When a market price order is immediately filled, a user is considered a taker, and will pay a fee between 0.04% and 0.50%. If an order is placed without immediately being matched by an existing order, it’s placed in the order book. If another user places an order that matches the first one, then the initial user is considered to be the maker, and will pay a fee between 0.00% and 0.50%. Taker fees are based upon total USD trading volume over the trailing 30-day period across all order books.
This fee system can be quite appealing to takers, as they can take advantage of volume-based discounts which have the potential to lower fees all the way down to 0.04%.
Coinbase is widely regarded as one of the safest exchanges in the world. As the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange and broker, it’s backed by trusted investors and located in San Francisco, which is a highly regulated location.
At the time of writing, the company has never experienced a hack, thanks to its heavy security measures. One of these is the fact that 98% of Coinbase customer funds are stored offline in cold storage, which means that they’re disconnected from the Internet, making them invulnerable to online attacks. If that wasn't enough, drives and paper backups are also spread out geographically in safe deposit boxes and vaults around the globe.
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