Building Business Credit – What To Look For When Building Business Credit

I first want to thank you for taking the time to read this free report about building business credit, we provide this report to anyone without requiring you to sign up for anything. No need to join our newsletter, no need to speak to a sales representative, no need to do anything. We feel that this information is so important that you should have it without condition. We hope this information will help you choose a company and more importantly stay away from companies that put your company and your hard earned money at risk.Before you choose a company we recommend that you do your homework. We did just that with several companies and we were shocked with the results.PANDERINGThe first issue that came up is that most of the companies in our opinion pander to their potential customer. This means that they will say anything in order to make the sale. For example; If you call some of the popular companies and tell them that you would like to build credit on your company and that your company operates from home would that be okay? A truthful answer would be that you can build credit but will be extremely limited in how much credit you will achieve. If you just take a moment to think about it, a bank will not give a home based business nearly as much credit as they would a company working out of an office or even a virtual office. These companies will pander to you and tell you “Yes, you can build business credit working from home” that’s it!! They leave out the limitations because they don’t want to scare you off.It is our opinion that our customers are seeking large credit lines and don’t want to be mislead into thinking they can have something when in fact they cannot. We feel that it is important for our customers to make educated decisions. We will never sugar coat our recommendations, we will give you our recommendations and provide you with other options that are available, we will then explain those options and what type of results you can expect from them. With us you will always have the ability to make an educated decision. We will not let you make an uneducated decision that can cause permanent harm to your companies long term goals.FRAUD, MISREPRESENTATION, and FALSE ADVERTISINGThe bigger and scarier issue that we uncovered while researching these companies is what we consider Fraud, misrepresentation, and false advertising.We found one company that charged about $20,000 to build a company with credit. We had some hope in them as they seemed to be the only company that utilized an advanced methodology when building business credit. Unfortunately, when we searched further we found that the owner of this company is a defendant in a $100,000,000 lawsuit and has had newspaper articles written in major newspapers that highlighted his companies questionable practices. These articles have caused major credit bureaus to key in on his business practices, will DnB be one of them? Do you really want to be associated with a company that can lose everything in a lawsuit who has a target on their back for questionable practices?We found another company that claimed to have a patent on building business credit. They even have a patent number on their website with a link to the US patent office. I followed the link and typed in the patent number they had touted all over their website and wouldn’t you know it the patent has been long denied. This company is actually counting on customers not checking the references they have on their website. If they are willing to blatantly lie about a patent what else are they willing to do?We also found several companies claiming to be partnered with the IRS, This seems like an endorsement but if you did a little research you will find that the IRS does have a partnership program. This “partnership” program allows the partner to link to tax educational articles on the IRS website. Yes this is a partnership but it is NOT an IRS endorsement in any way, shape or form which several of these companies seem to imply. They are betting on you being naive and not checking. To me this is misrepresentation and fraud.Good for the GooseI feel that this issue is the most amusing. There are several companies that offer to build your credit which means they should at least be able to get you set up with Dun and Bradstreet and ultimately get you credit on your company. Well, would you believe that many of these companies do not even have a DnB file in existence. That’s right they tell you how important it is to build business credit but they don’t even have a DnB file themselves. They also tell you to get your phone number listed in a national telephone directory and they are not listed, is it only important for you to look legitimate? You can go to http://www.dnb.com and search for our company and others and see who has a DnB file. You can also go to http://www.superpages.com and look up our company “TD Financial Products Inc.” Land O Lakes, Florida and see our listing as well as their’s, if they have one. This is most likely just an oversight on their part but I just find it amusing.Overview of Background informationWe ask that you do your homework on any company you are considering doing business with….including us!!To do your homework at least do the following1.Search the company name on Google and look for problems 2.Search the owner names on Google and look for problems 3.Search Dun and Bradstreet and see if they have a file 4.Search superpages and see if they have a listing 5.Look for unresolved complaints with the BBB (The BBB will keep records even if a company is not a member company) 6.Look for complains on fraud websites (eg. http://www.ripoffreport.com )Now that you have done some basic homework on a company now you can call them. When you call them have the following list of questions ready. But before you start asking them questions ask yourself some.What do I want in a business credit consultant? Do I want One on One Consultation or am I okay with just email communication and/or reading books and listening to CD’s? Do I want to pay a lot of upfront money? Do I want large “bank” credit lines or am I okay with just “trade” (store) credit Do I want someone to do all the work for me, ending up with a company that has good credit, but, not knowing exactly how it achieved good credit and how I could repeat the process and get even more credit on the next company Do I want a company to answer “Yes” to every inquiry I have even though the “Yes” really is a “Yes, but…..” Am I 100% confident that my personal credit score meets the underwriters guidelines (score is not all they look for)Now that you have answered what it is you want you can now ask the hard questions of your credit consultantAre you providing me with personal coaching or will I be reading books and listening to pre-recorded material?We used to provide you with the option of purchasing a book with audio CD’s but we have found that nearly 90% of people who purchase these items end up coming back to us for personal coaching. The figure is so high because, if you think about it, EVERY business is different and it is IMPOSSIBLE to account for every specific situation in a book. The process of establishing business credit is so specific to your company and your type of business that books and CD’s rarely answer all possible questions. Books and CD’s are very good at providing you with basic information but books get outdated as soon as they are published. Underwriting guidelines change weekly and it would be impossible to keep a book updated.Will your company ever call me to upsell me into a better business credit coaching product?Companies that are going to upsell you will not provide you with all the information you need with your first purchase. If you are comparing our pricing with a company that will ultimately upsell you make sure you compare pricing based on the highest level of coaching they provide. Our business credit coaching package is out best package available. We don’t sell any other coaching packages no less and no more, we provide all of our coaching in one package. Our belief is who wants to pay for a job halfway done. What if your doctor said he will only charge you $500 to start brain surgery and while you are on the table he says it will be another $50,000 to finish up. Do you really have a choice? Business credit consultants know that if you invested a certain amount in their basic course the chances of you leaving them for another company and “losing your investment” is very low. They take advantage of this and offer you an “option” to upgrade later.Can I build credit on a S Corp or as a Sole Proprietorship?This is a question that will let you know if the business credit consultant is being honest with you or just “pandering”. The answer to this question should be “Yes, BUT, you won’t be able to get any REAL credit or TOTAL CORPORATE SEPARATION”. Lenders look at S-Corps and Sole Proprietors as small time businesses and WILL NOT lend large amounts of money to these types of companies. Even with perfect personal credit you will rarely get credit lines in excess of $10,000 and you will never be able to waive a personal guarantee. If your “Consultant” tells you otherwise they are just trying to “SELL” you. We walk you through the process of analyzing your current profile to make sure there are no RED FLAGS that will stop you from getting the large credit lines you are seeking. If you have an S Corp or Sole Proprietorship we will show you how to convert it to the desired structure without losing the valuable age associated with it.How much credit can I get?You will have to listen to this answer very carefully. Most unscrupulous consultants will provide you with a large number like $250,000. What they “conveniently” leave out is that most, if not all, of the credit you get is TRADE credit. This means you will have $250,000 in credit but you have to buy products from specific vendors. Do you need access to $50,000 in office supplies? Trade credit does have its place but most of our customers are building credit so they can get unsecured “BANK” credit. Bank credit is a line of credit or credit card that you can use to purchase whatever you want. Don’t be fooled by high dollar promises. Our process of building credit includes trade credit so that we can quickly get you an 80 PayDex score. Once you have this score you will be ready to get unsecured bank credit.My company is not yet 2 years old, does that matter?This is another question that is usually answered unscrupulously. Most “BANK” credit requires you to be in business 2 years. You will be able to develop credit with a younger company but you won’t get the “Bank” credit you desire. Our program has 2 ways that will allow you meet the banks 2 year requirement. One is the use of optional aged shelf corporations and the other is by creating a company history.Does my personal credit score matter?The answer to this question is based on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to get unsecured bank credit you will need to have good personal credit. If you are okay with just trade credit then you can get hundreds of thousands in trade credit without a personal guarantee. Our programs will show you how to get the unsecured bank credit without your personal guarantee **Full Disclosure** You will need somebody to act as personal guarantor in the first several years of your business. We will also provide you with free personal credit coaching so you can bring your credit scores up if that is what you need.I have a 700 credit score, can you guarantee that I get $XX,XXX in cash credit lines?If a business credit consultant tell you yes to this question without further qualifying you they are lying. ALL loans rely on more than just your credit score. They rely on your debt to limit ratios on your existing credit and recent inquiries. They also rely on several other items and shouldn’t even be answered by a business credit consultant. These type of qualification questions should be only answered by a lender or a business loan brokerAre any of the trade references you help me get/provide large trade references?When most credit consultants work on your business credit they will provide you with a list of 25-50 companies and have you apply for as many as you can. The average credit line you will be approved for is $500 – $5,000. When you ultimately go to apply for a loan with a bank to get your large credit lines you will quickly find out that they will deny you because you have no history on your credit file of paying of a high credit loan. We have the availability to provide you with at least 3 unsecured trade references that will report a Trade line of up to $100,000What is your pricing?When comparing pricing you want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples – I can easily sell you books and materials for a few hundred dollars and compare it to full blown one on one coaching. Obviously the books and materials will seem cheaper. They, however, won’t get you the same results. We recommend deciding on the method of service you would like.Do you want books and materials only, personal one on one coaching, or a completed product handed to you? Once you decide on the general product then you can compare costs. Just make sure you add in the extras if they are applicable like aged corporations, large credit lines, personal credit coaching etc.Can I pay the bulk of your fees with the credit lines you will help me get?Most companies will not offer this option. Is it because they fail to provide actual “cash” credit lines? Will they not take your $10,000 Staples card as payment? We are so confident in our product that we let you pay the bulk of it only after you achieve success. We even finance the initial deposit for you. Is there another company that will do any one on one personal coaching (even using outdated basic methodology) with you and allow you to pay just $299.00 upfront? The short answer is NOAre there any other third party expenses?This is also another tricky one that most companies will try to avoid. We feel that some of these third party expenses can add up quickly and must be disclosed so you can make an informed decision. The types of expenses you will incur in the building credit process are as followsCompliance Costs – Sometimes you will have to pay state fees to get compliant (eg. Licenses, permits, corporation fees etc) Legitimacy Costs – Banks want you to be a legitimate business, you can’t be a legitimate business if you work out of the back of your truck. You will have expenses related to becoming “legitimate” Credit Building Costs – To build credit you typically have to buy stuff, buying stuff costs money. You also may have to pay third party fees to the credit bureaus so they can build your credit fileThe actual costs for these items range greatly based on your specific situation, type of business, state you are operating in, types of credit lines you want and items you buy. With every step we will offer you options that range from low cost and free to high cost. With each option we explain the positives and negatives and allow you to make an educated decision based on your needs and budget.Will you be my coach?Are you talking to a professional salesman or to the person who will be coaching you? Remember every company and situation is going to be different. How will someone who is not a coach be able to tell you that their coaching will work for you. These salesman do NOT know how to build credit, they are working on commission and their only goal is to “SELL” you. We talk to everyone before they decide to use our services. If we relied on salespeople that might “conveniently” leave things out we would be dealing with customer service issues all the time. Since our coaches are the ones that speak to you right from the start there will never be any broken promises and/or finger pointing.Shelf Corporations – If you are using another service to provide you with a shelf corporation make sure you ask this questionWill you guarantee that Dun and Bradstreet will not re-age this company when I try to build business credit on it and basically turn my aged shelf corporation into a brand new company?Dun and Bradstreet will re-age your aged shelf corporation if they see a transfer in ownership in the public records. We create our aged shelf corporations in a way that avoids re-aging. If you purchase an aged shelf corporation from us and let us help you build business credit on it we will warrant that if your company is re-aged by Dun and Bradstreet we will create a new company for you.Trade lines – If you are using another service to provide you with Trade lines make sure you ask these questionsWhat type of Trade line are you selling me?Authorized User – Authorized user accounts are temporary in nature, they usually last on your credit report for about 6 months and that is IF it ever makes it to your credit report to begin with. You must also be aware that many authorized user Trade line companies have gone out of business and there are several still out there selling a dream. You also want to keep in mind that lenders know about the authorized user loophole and have effectively closed it. If you are using the authorized user account to get credit you may be surprised to know that the lender will most likely rescore your credit file to remove the benefit you received from the authorized user trade line.Primary Account – A primary account is okay only if it is a NEW account and you are making payments, If you are added to an old “seasoned” account you are committing fraud if and when you apply for a loan. Worse yet the lenders have fraud departments that are looking for companies who provide “fake” credentials. One company in particular was opened by a ex-mortgage broker and is on the radar of the credit bureaus and underwriting departments. Imagine if you actually get a loan and have one of these “fraudulent” accounts on your credit and several years go by and you find yourself in financial distress and wind up defaulting on the loan. Do not think for a second that the lender you defaulted one will not come after you for fraud it happens everyday with people who provide fake paystubs, fake bank statements, and yes it can happen if you provide a fake trade reference. The company that is being sued for $100,000,000 issued and are still issuing seasoned primary trade lines.Our primary trade accounts are legit accounts. You are provided a NEW account, it is serviced my a fortune 100 servicing company, and you make monthly payments, if you are late you are reported late, if you are on time you are reported on time.Who do they report to?On personal credit you want your Trade line to report to at least 2 credit bureaus. In business credit you want it to report to at least Dun and Bradstreet. Our primary Trade lines report to 2 personal credit bureaus or 2 business credit bureausWe hope this information was found to be valuable to you and we hope you ultimately choose to do business with us. If you ultimately choose someone else and they fail you we will give you $100 off our service if you share your story with us.

5 Benefits of Trading Cryptocurrencies

When it comes to trading cryptocurrencies, you have to speculate whether the market you have chosen will go up or down in value. And the interesting thing is that you never own the digital asset. Actually, the trading is done with derivative products like CFDs. Let’s take a look at the benefits of trading crypto currencies. Read on to find out more.

Volatility

While the cryptocurrency is a new market, it’s quite volatile because of the short-lived speculative interest. The price of bitcoin dropped to $5851 from $19,378 in 2018, in just one year. However, the value of other digital currencies is quite stable, which is good news.

What makes this world so exciting is the volatility of the value of crypto currency. The price movements offer a lot of opportunities for traders. However, this comes with a lot of risk as well. Therefore, if you decide on exploring the market, just make sure you do your research and put together a risk management strategy.

Business Hours

Typically, the market is open for trade 24/7 because it is not regulated by any government. Moreover, the transactions are done between buyers and sellers across the world. There may be short downtimes when the infrastructural updates take place.

Improved Liquidity

Liquidity refers to how quickly a digital currency can be sold for cash. This feature is important as it allows quicker transaction times, better accuracy and better pricing. Generally, the market is kind of illiquid as the financial transactions happen across different exchanges. Therefore, small trades can bring large changes in the prices.

Leveraged Exposure

Since CFD trading is considered a leveraged product, you can open a position on what we call “margin”. In this case, the value of the deposit is a fraction of the trade value. So, you can enjoy a great exposure to the market without investing a lot of money.

The loss or profit will reflect the value of the position at the time of its closure. Therefore, if you trade on margin, you can earn huge profits by investing a small amount of money. However, it also amplifies losses that may exceed your deposit on a trade. Therefore, make sure you take into account the total value of the position prior to investing in CFDs.

Also, it’s important to ensure that you are following a solid risk management strategy, which should involve proper limits and stops.

Quick Account Opening

If you want to buy crypto currencies, make sure you do so through an exchange. All you need to do is sign up for an exchange account and keep the currency in your wallet. Keep in mind that this process may be restrictive and take a good deal of time and effort. However, once the account is created, the rest of the process will be quite smooth and free of complications.

Long story short, these are some of the most prominent benefits of crypto currency trading in the here and now. Hopefully, you will find this article quite helpful.

Coinbase Review

As the leading mainstream cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, Coinbase has become a standard on-ramp for new crypto investors. Coinbase offers a wide variety of products including cryptocurrency investing, an advanced trading platform, custodial accounts for institutions, a wallet for retail investors, and its own U.S. dollar stable-coin.

Coinbase was founded in 2012 and is a fully regulated and licensed cryptocurrency exchange supporting all U.S. states except Hawaii. Coinbase initially only allowed for Bitcoin trading but quickly began adding cryptocurrencies that fit its decentralized criteria.

Its list expanded to include Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, XRP, and many others with the promise of more as long as its requirements are met.

Pros Explained
Solid variety of altcoin choices: Coinbase offers over 25 cryptocurrencies for investment, trading, and also staking.
Extremely simple user interface: Coinbase is perhaps one of the easiest on-ramps to crypto investing. It is easy to sign up and buy cryptocurrencies within a matter of minutes. It also has a learning program that pays users cryptocurrency to learn more about how cryptocurrency works.
High liquidity: Coinbase consistently ranks among highly liquid exchanges. This protects the investor from serious price slippage in an already volatile market.
Cons Explained
High fees when not using Coinbase Pro: Coinbase has high fees compared to some of its largest competitors. Many newcomers who use the standard Coinbase platform will be subject to these fees unless they use Coinbase Pro—free to switch to and with lower fees—which has more features that could be overwhelming to new crypto traders.
Users do not control their own wallet keys: This is consistent with many centralized exchanges but it still remains a con for all of them. When a user purchases cryptocurrency on an exchange, it is stored in a wallet that Coinbase has control over. This means that the user does not have autonomous control over their holdings, which, in essence, goes against the ethos of decentralized currency or finance. This can be avoided if the investor withdraws their currency to their own personal wallet, preferably a hard wallet.
Not a large enough variety of altcoins for altcoin traders: Coinbase has a good variety of altcoin options for newer investors to dabble in, but those interested in seriously trading of altcoins will not find a great selection here. That said, Coinbase plans to add more altcoins over time.
Cryptocurrencies Available on Coinbase
Coinbase has a solid number of options to invest and trade in and has plans to add more to the list. The following currencies are listed right now:

Aave (AAVE)
Algorand (ALGO)
Cosmos (ATOM)
EThe Balancer (BAL)
Band Protocol (BAND)
Basic Attention Token (BAT)
Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
Bancor Network Token (BNT)
Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) (Send Only)
Bitcoin (BTC)
Celo (CGLD)
Compound (COMP)
Civic (CVC)
Dai (DAI)
Dash (DASH)
districtOx (DNT)
EOS (EOS)
Ethereum Classic (ETC)
Ethereum (ETH)
Filecoin (FIL)
The Graph (GRT)
Golem (GNT)
Kyber Network (KNC)
Chainlink (LINK)
Loom Network (LOOM)
Loopring (LRC)
Litecoin (LTC)
Decentraland (MANA)
Maker (MKR)
Numeraire (NMR)
NuCypher (NU)
OMG Network (OMG)
Orchid (OXT)
Ren (REN)
Augur (REP)
Synthetix (SNX)
USD Coin (USDC)
Universal Market Access (UMA)
Uniswap (UNI)
Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC)
Stellar Lumens (XLM)
Ripples (XRP)
Tezos (XTZ)
Yearn.finance (YFI)
Zcash (ZEC)
0x (ZRX)
Trade Experience
Trading on Coinbase is an extremely easy process and geared toward a beginner. The platform can also be accessed through your android or iOS devices. Coinbase does not offer any downloadable trading software and it is all browser-based, including its more advanced trading platform, Coinbase Pro.

When you log in you are immediately shown your portfolio balance and its performance in a selection of time frames like one hour, 24 hours, one week, and one year.

A banner above your portfolio balance has a “Buy crypto” button where you can enter a dollar value and place market orders for whichever crypto you choose that Coinbase has available. This button also brings up the options to sell or convert your crypto or even set up recurring orders—daily, weekly, on the 1st and 15th, once a month.

Buy crypto Coinbase
On the top right of the page, you will find the options to send and receive. This allows users to send crypto out of their Coinbase wallets or receive crypto from elsewhere into their Coinbase wallets. While most crypto-first exchanges do offer the ability for users to withdraw to their own private wallets, this is unfortunately not the case for some other brokers and exchanges out there. This ability is hugely important to investors who wish to make sure their holdings are safe and secure in their own offline wallets.

Coinbase Pro
While Coinbase is an incredibly simple on-ramp to crypto investment for those who are just starting out, Coinbase Pro offers a far larger and more robust charting and trade experience.

Coinbase users can purchase crypto using market orders that experience high fees compared to other exchange options out there. With that in mind, Coinbase wanted to create a free option for Coinbase users to graduate to when they were a bit more practiced. With Coinbase Pro, users can place market, limit, and stop orders with lower commission fees. Coinbase Pro also has the option of margin trading and has significantly fancier charting capabilities.

Traders using Coinbase Pro can see as short-term as 1-minute candle or line charts and can use overlays like exponential moving averages. Currently, the only 2 available overlays and indicators are EMA (12) and EMA (26). Coinbase Pro also has over 100 trading pairs available worldwide (nearly 40 trading with USD) and more than 40 crypto to crypto trading pairs in 42 regions. Compared to other serious trading tools out there, Coinbase Pro is still bare-bones with regard to indicators.

While the standard Coinbase platform is a great tool to help people understand how easy it is to purchase, store, and move cryptocurrency, Coinbase Pro is, by far, a better platform for those who wish to actively trade or invest with lower fees and more features.

Fees
Coinbase has an incredibly convoluted fee system that is also quite expensive if you are not using Coinbase Pro. The cost of trading on Coinbase’s standard platform is quite high in comparison to its competitors. Those who are new to crypto and are looking for ease of use may overlook this.

Coinbase’s fees vary across different countries and regions, but for the purposes of this review, we will focus on fees within the United States.

Payment Method Coinbase Fee
Bank Account 1.49%
Coinbase USD Wallet 1.49%
Debit/Credit Card 3.99%
ACH Transfer Free
Wire Transfer $10 ($25 outgoing)
Crypto Conversion 2.00%
In addition to these fees, Coinbase also charges variable spreads on purchases and trades. Coinbase says that they typically charge about 0.50% for the purchase and sale of cryptocurrency below $10,000 in value. This fee is significantly reduced for sums between $10,000 and $50,000 (0.35%) and continues to decrease with each pricing tier until maker-taker fees reach 0.00% and 0.04%, respectively, for sums of $500,000,000 and up. Market fluctuations can make this higher or lower.

There is also a “Coinbase Fee” in addition to the spread and the cost of depositing money mentioned above in the chart. This fee is dependent on the value of the purchase, payment type (debit/credit), and region you are purchasing from.

Coinbase gives the following examples of “Coinbase Fees” one might experience on its platform:

If the total transaction amount is less than or equal to $10, the fee is $0.99 | €0,99 | £0,99
If the total transaction amount is more than $10 but less than or equal to $25, the fee is $1.49 | €1,49 | £1,49
If the total transaction amount is more than $25 but less than or equal to $50, the fee is $1.99 | €1,99 | £1,99
If the total transaction amount is more than $50 but less than or equal to $200, the fee is $2.99 | €2,99 | £2,99
Coinbase Pro Fees
Coinbase Pro fees are significantly less expensive and less complicated. With Coinbase Pro, digital assets and ACH transfers are free to deposit and withdraw. Wire transfers are $10 to deposit and $25 to withdraw.

Pricing Tier Taker Fee Maker Fee
<$10K 0.50% 0.50%
$10 – 50K 0.35% 0.35%
$50 – 100K 0.25% 0.15%
$100K – 1M 0.20% 0.10%
$1- 10M 0.18% 0.08%
$10 -50M 0.15% 0.05%
$50 – 100M 0.10% 0.00%
$100 – 300M 0.07% 0.00%
$300 – 500M 0.06% 0.00%
$500M – 1B 0.05% 0.00%
$1B+ 0.04% 0.00%
Security
Coinbase uses a variety of safety measures for account holders. It is important to understand that any crypto on any exchange account is only as secure as the account holder makes them. It is imperative to use strong passwords and to utilize the available security features like 2-step verification.

Coinbase has 2-step verification, biometric fingerprint logins, insurance in the event that Coinbase itself is breached (this insurance does not apply if your account is breached due to your own lack of security measures), and also stores 98% of users’ funds in offline cold storage.

Digital currency is not considered legal tender and therefore is not backed by SIPC or FDIC. Coinbase provides insurance by pooling Coinbase balances and holding them in USD custodial accounts, USD denominated money market funds, or liquid U.S. Treasuries.

Coinbase provides a solid amount of security in comparison to a number of other leading exchanges. This is one of the reasons Coinbase is a great offering for those looking to safely get started investing in cryptocurrency.

That said, the premise of cryptocurrency is to remove intermediaries where possible and to be in total control of your own funds. While Coinbase does provide an easy entry to cryptocurrency investing, it is important to learn about proper cryptocurrency security and storage. Savvy crypto investors may use Coinbase Pro for its reduced fees and then withdraw their holdings to their own secure cold storage.

Opening a Coinbase Account
Signing up for Coinbase is a very straightforward and easy process. First, you enter your name, email, and the password you wish to use. You will then be asked to verify your email address. Next, Coinbase asks you to enter in your phone number to receive a verification code and enter it. Coinbase will later use this phone number to send 2-step verification codes. After this stage, it will prompt you to enter your identification information.

Just like any bank account or investment account, you must prove your identity via state identification. For users in the United States, this will require a social security number. At this point, your Coinbase account will have been created and you are able to add your bank account, credit card, or debit card information to enable deposits and withdrawals so that you can start trading or investing.

VERDICT
Coinbase is an ideal tool for new crypto investors who may not have any other investment experience. While the standard platform is overpriced, its features, like its learn program and the ability to easily set up recurring purchases, provide the inexperienced with a clear path to becoming invested and actually understanding cryptocurrency.

Those with more trading experience will find that Coinbase Pro is a cheaper and more robust option, but it is still lacking in terms of features. If you wish to trade seriously, you may find that Coinbase is not the right fit for you. Overall, Coinbase is designed with the beginner in mind.

Methodology
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