Coinbase started in 2012 with the radical idea that anyone, anywhere, should be able to easily and securely send and receive Bitcoin. Today, they offer a trusted and easy-to-use platform for accessing the broader cryptoeconomy. Buy, sell, and track all your crypto in one place and even schedule buys daily, weekly, or monthly. For added security, Coinbase allows you to store your funds in a vault with time delayed withdrawals.
How you make money
Coinbase is the easiest place to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Buy, sell, and track all your crypto in one place and even schedule buys daily, weekly, or monthly. You can earn through the appreciation of your crypto assets. With Coinbase you can also earn by staking select cryptocurrencies.
How Coinbase makes money
Coinbase charges a spread of about one-half of one percent (0.50%) for cryptocurrency purchases and cryptocurrency sales. However, the actual spread may be higher or lower due to market fluctuations in the price of cryptocurrency on Coinbase Pro between the time they quote a price and the time when the order executes. They also charge a Coinbase Fee (in addition to the spread), which is the greater of (a) a flat fee or (b) a variable percentage fee determined by region, product feature, and payment type.
If you borrow USD from Coinbase or an affiliate of Coinbase, and they sell your BTC collateral as they are authorized to do under an applicable loan agreement, they will charge you a flat fee of 2% of the total transaction. Coinbase charges a spread margin of up to two percent (2.00%) for cryptocurrency conversions. Coinbase has a variety of fees all of which can be seen here.
Is it safe?
Coinbase prioritizes the security of our customer's digital currency through a combination of online “hot storage” and offline “cold” storage. Coinbase maintains 98% or more of customer digital currency in cold storage, with the remainder in secure hot servers as necessary to serve the liquidity needs of our customers. All digital currency that Coinbase holds in its online hot storage is insured. If Coinbase were to suffer a breach of its online hot storage, the insurance policy would pay out to cover any customer funds lost as a result. This insurance policy does not cover any losses resulting from the compromise of your individual Coinbase account. Please note that the insurance policy covers any losses from Coinbase’s hot storage resulting from a breach of Coinbase's physical security, cyber security, or by employee theft. It is your responsibility to use a strong password and maintain control of all login credentials you use to access Coinbase. If you are a U.S. customer your cash has passed-through FDIC insurance up to the per-depositor coverage limit (currently $250,000 per individual).