Coinbase is a very user-friendly platform that many in the crypto world use to invest. Unfortunately, despite how easy it is to use, not every crypto on the market is available to buy on Coinbase.

Today, we’re going to show you how to navigate the tools of to find out in less than five seconds where you can buy and sell certain cryptocurrencies.

Where to Buy Cryptocurrencies

First, go to

Then, enter your token of choice into the search bar at the top right of the screen under the ‘login’ section. We’re going to use Polkadot (DOT) for this example.

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Once you’re on the Polkadot page, scroll down a bit, and you will see “Polkadot Markets” towards the bottom of the page.

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From here, you’ll see a green box called “See All Trading Pairs.” Click on this, and you will see all of the trading pairs for Polkadot (we’ll talk more about this in just a minute).


After that, you’ll be able to see all the exchanges and trading pairs you can use to buy Polkadot.

There are more pairs than the ones listed below, but we are going to show the first 16 as an example.

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A “trading pair” is just a fancier term for the currency you can use to buy a certain crypto.

For example, if you look at Coinbase, to the right of it, it says DOT/USD. That means you can buy Polkadot with the U.S. dollar on Coinbase.

If you look at Kraken at the end of the list, DOT/EUR means you can buy Polkadot with euros on Kraken’s exchange platform.

While we don’t favor one particular exchange over another, many of our members have found Coinbase to be one of the easiest platforms to buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

If you’re looking to set up your own Coinbase account, check out our step-by-step guide here.

Besides Coinbase, Chief Crypto Strategist Nick Black says that KuCoin and Kraken are also reputable exchanges.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of KuCoin and Kraken.

KuCoin Spot Trading

KuCoin’s spot trading platform sustains up to a million transactions per second (TPS) overload free, providing limit, stop, market, post-only and iceberg orders on over 400+ trading pairs.

KuCoin also offers futures trading and staking.

KuCoin Lending

KuCoin Lend gives users to the opportunity to do just that – lend.

They’re offering a high annualized yield (8-12%) and with support for 30+ digital options.

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Next, let’s take a look at Kraken.

Kraken Staking

Kraken makes staking an option for users on both crypto and traditional fiat currencies (i.e. US dollar). You can earn rewards twice each week from your staked assets.

Staking means you are basically locking in your crypto, temporarily, and in return you’ll be rewarded with interest. If you don’t plan on moving your money around a lot, staking may be a great option.

Here is a list of your staking options (as of December 2021):

  • Bitcoin (BTC), 0.25% yearly rewards.
  • Ethereum (ETH), 5% to 7% yearly rewards.
  • Tezos (XTZ), 5.5% yearly rewards.
  • US dollars, 2% yearly rewards.
  • Euros, 1.5% yearly rewards.

Kraken Trading on Margin

Kraken also has margin trading available, but margin trading is developed for more seasoned traders since it requires more risk. That being said, if you’re new to the game I’d sit this one out.

If you don’t know what buying on margin is, it’s basically borrowing money from a brokerage – with interest – to invest with.

Whether your investments are a hit or a miss, you still need to pay back the brokerage for the money you borrowed. It’s safe to say that this is a bit of a risk if you don’t have much experience investing in crypto.

Qualified investors can acquire up to $500,000 in margin, but again, margin is generally utilized by more seasoned traders who can afford to take on more risk.

Margin trading is available for the following cryptos on Kraken:


Kraken Fees & Pricing

Kraken offers five specific fee timetables: Immediate Buy, Kraken Pro, Stable Coin & FX Pairs, Margin, and Futures.

Here is the fee timetable for Kraken Pro:

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As a quick recap:

  • To find out where to buy a cryptocurrency, you can utilize
  • Use the “Exchanges” tab to see where you can buy and sell a cryptocurrency.
  • Do your own due diligence before creating an account on an exchange. Our members have found Coinbase as one of the easiest platforms to use for buying and selling cryptocurrencies; Kraken and KuCoin are also reputable services.

We hope this guide will help you in your cryptocurrency investing journey, and we are here in your corner to help you make the most money possible from this exciting new market.

To your investing success,

The American Institute for Crypto Investors Research Team

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