“When an exchange does not require 2FA by default, it often limits account functionality so money cannot be transferred without configuring 2FA. This is how Digital Ripple works, for example. Exchanges also use machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect abnormal or fraudulent activity.
“They all basically do the same thing. But for Australians looking to buy larger amounts of crypto or invest in crypto for self-managed pension funds, dealing with a local exchange is particularly reassuring in terms of reliability, security and customer service.
We recommend a two-step verification process for any fiat or digital withdrawal.
– Jess RendenCointree
“It is now quite common for private exchanges to keep a large percentage of their crypto assets in cold storage. In some jurisdictions, particularly Canada, it is common for exchanges to insure on crypto assets held in custody. This is not yet available in Australia.
Jess Renden, COO of Australian crypto exchange Cointree, said platform security should be a key priority for investors.
“For any fiat or digital withdrawal, we recommend a two-step verification process where application credentials are separated from the database and codebase and all website traffic must be run through an encrypted Secure Sockets Layer to mitigate damage from a breach. [SSL],” says.
“Investors should also check reports pertaining to the exchange and the exchange’s internal market to determine if they have been involved in any past allegations or if there are any investors burned and publicly disclosed on the platform. This is a good sign that the stock market is not putting the interests of its investors first.
Boyd sees a strong preference for local crypto exchanges among Australians on Finty.com, even though all major international exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase, Gemini are active in the market.
Local exchange Swyftx is often compared to Binance, the world’s largest exchange. According to Finty, both are popular and both provide reliable services to Australian investors and traders.
But Finty’s overall verdict is that Swyftx “offers low trading fees, solid trading features and a great mobile app.”
With live chat and an integrated licensing and tax system, Swyftx is ideal for Australians who want to trade without giving up too much on fees and spreads or worrying about the logistics or tax implications behind their transactions when withdrawing.
James Glennon of CryptoRanking.com.au also compared Swyftx and Binance and concluded: “Swyftx is not only the lowest fee exchange in Australia, but is designed for beginners as well. This means the user interface is that simple. This means that a person who enters the area for the first time can navigate successfully.
“While it’s not really a bad thing, Binance is better suited for more advanced crypto users. The user interface is simple enough for more experienced users, but can be a bit confusing for a new user,” says Glennon.
Ryan Parsons, managing director of Swyftx, says one of the benefits of being international for now is that some of the major global exchanges have already developed more sophisticated institutional offerings.
“But from a retail standpoint, whether you choose to buy an asset through an Australian or international exchange, you won’t get any real price or liquidity advantage. “It’s just the reality of trading in an open, global market,” he says.
“Where Australian stock markets have a real advantage is in areas like service and speed. Customer experience is paramount and national exchanges have faster integration for deposits and withdrawals of dollars. They also have a more personalized approach to customer support.
Additionally, there is a risk of international platforms leaving Australia if cryptocurrency trading is subject to heavier local regulations.
“This is a trend we are seeing in the UK where more than 60 companies have now withdrawn their applications to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority or have their applications rejected outright.
“All of this raises broader concerns that people might have about blockchain companies that appear everywhere but are not affiliated with any jurisdiction.”