How to Buy Cryptocurrency in United Kingdom
Buying cryptocurrency in United Kingdom
In the UK, there seems to be a unified attitude towards crypto regulation. Since the UK is no longer part of the EU, the UK now has more leeway to create its crypto-regulation framework. Currently, different government authorities influence use of cryptocurrency to some degree, but the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the main regulatory body, regulating the prudential requirements, conduct of firms and anti-money laundering control. While there is a rising number of investigations conducted by the FCA, there seem to be no serious enforcement action taken deriving from crypto. However, this might change, considering the UK's 2021 ban on selling crypto-derivatives to retail consumers. Nevertheless, the UK banking sphere is quickly expanding. In January 2020, the first Authorized Payment Institution license was issued by the FCA to a crypto firm. Basically, the firm now provides payments services (online payment processing or money transfer) across the European Economic Area.
As of 20/03/2021
These exchanges all accept customers from United Kingdom. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below
Binance is one of the largest crypto exchanges with low fees, 100s of coins, and high trading leverage. It is one of the easiest & cheapest exchanges for crypto trading.
- Hundreds of coins and pairs
- Very low fees
- High liquidity
- No US residents
68% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Cryptoassets are unregulated in some EU countries and the UK. No consumer protection. Your capital is at risk. US Residents - eToro USA LLC does not offer CFDs, only real Crypto assets available.
eToro is a social trading platform that allows you to buy into cryptocurrencies, international stocks and shares and more complex financial assets. It also has an innovative Copy Trader feature where you can choose to follow other successful traders and automatically copy their trades to hopefully share in their success
- Fully regulated financial institution
- Trade crypto, stocks and other financial assets
- Follow and copy the trades of expert traders
- Fees (spreads) are high
- Only USD as base currency
Kraken has a good reputation for security and protection of your funds and operates across the USA (except NY), Canada, the EU and Japan
- It can be used to trade against fiat options
- Robust security measures
- Free SEPA deposits in Europe
- Not a very beginner-friendly interface.
- No card deposit options
Uphold Disclaimer: Asset availability on the Uphold platform is subject to region. All investments and trading are risky, and may result in the loss of capital. Cryptoassets are largely unregulated and are not subject to protection
Based in Charleston, South Carolina. Serves over 184 countries and has done over $4 billion in transactions. Offers convenient options to swap between crypto, fiat, equities, and precious metals.
- Open to US residents
- Integrated with Brave Browser
- Over 50 different coins
- Also offers precious metals and equities
- Convenient and cheap deposit/withdrawal methods
- High trading fees
- Smaller coin selection compared to some
- No Paypal withdrawal option
- No instant debit card withdrawals