Buy Compound in Canada

A free beginner guide on how to buy Compound in Canada.

What is Compound?

Compound is a DeFi lending protocol that allows users to earn interest on their cryptocurrencies by depositing them into one of several pools supported by the platform.

When a user deposits tokens to a Compound pool, they receive cTokens in return. These cTokens represent the individual’s stake in the pool and can be used to redeem the underlying cryptocurrency initially deposited into the pool at any time. For example, by depositing ETH into a pool, you will receive cETH in return. Over time, the exchange rate of these cTokens to the underlying asset increases, which means you can redeem them for more of the underlying asset than you initially put in — this is how the interest is distributed.

On the flip side, borrowers can take a secured loan from any Compound pool by depositing collateral. The maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio varies based on the collateral asset, but currently ranges from 50 to 75%. The interest rate paid varies by borrowed asset and borrowers can face automatic liquidation if their collateral falls below a specific maintenance threshold.

Since the launch of the Compound mainnet in September 2018, the platform has skyrocketed in popularity, and recently passed more than $800 million in total locked value.

1. Create accounts

Good news. Compound is one of the easier cryptocurrencies to buy in Canada. Certain local exchanges can sell you Compound directly. Which is not common for most cryptocurrencies.

If you want to directly buy Compound currently we recommend Newton. They have a trading pair which allows you to buy it directly with Canadian dollars.

Another way you can gain access if you do not want to get a Newton account is with Shakepay and a Binance account.

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

This step is not needed if you create a Newton account. You can buy Compound directly on Newton.

If you are using Shakepay or another service which does not offer Compound you will need a Binance account or a another global exchange account.

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

In order to fund your account you will need to verify your identity. This often involves sending in copies of your drivers license, a utility bill, and in many cases a selfie of you holding your ID. This is normal ask for verification.

As for verification on global exchanges, the verification is usually faster and less intense, as long as you are strictly using cryptocurrencies and not doing fiat transactions. For example on Binance you do not need to verify if you are withdrawing 2 BTC or less.

2. Buy Compound

This step will depend on which accounts you have. If it is Newton, then it is pretty simple. If it is Shakepay (or similar) and Binance there are a few more steps.

Once you have an account, Compound offered directly through Newton. Just go ahead an place a order, it is that easy.

If you are consistantly buying and selling Compound want to save a bit of money, consider opening a Binance account. It will give you the closest to market price, has the lowest fees, and the most advanced trading platform.

This process is if you don't have a Newton account, or want a more efficient way to actively trade Compound.

Step 1: On Shakepay buy BTC. On Newton buy XRP. On another service, review withdrawal fees and minimums, pick the cheapest.

Step 2: Login to your Binance account and goto the "Fiat and Spot" wallet. Find the currency you bought on the other service and click Deposit.

Step 3: On the service you used in Step 1, withdraw the cryptocurrency and send it to the Deposit address from step 2.

Step 4: Wait for the transaction to complete. Once you see the funds appear in your global exchange account you are ready to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Trade for Compound on Binance.

3. Storing your Compound

If you just bought some Compound you are currently storing it on the exchange you bought it on. This is OK if the value is small. However, if you own a significant amount it is best practice to transfer your cryptocurrencies to a wallet that is not an exchange.

If you are just getting started you will probably want to use a software wallet. They are typically free and are considered more secure than leaving Compound on a exchange.

Feel free to do a google search to research what wallets are available and know what the options are. Consider looking for "decentralized" wallets.

The safest way to store Compound, or any cryptocurrency, is with a hardware wallet that is not connected to the internet. This is to prevent it being stolen or hacked from a exchange or a wallet connected to the internet.

Consider looking at the Ledger line of hardware wallets. They have been in the industry a number of years and offer one of the widest selections of devices.

Make sure you take the time and save your recovery information! Many people have lost small fortunes not doing this.

Once you have decided on a wallet, follow the instructions to get it setup then withdraw your Compound from your exchange account. Newton will cover the first $5 in network fees.

This is generally not recommended. However, you might want to do this if you are actively trading Compound. Be aware you are taking an extra risk. Exchanges have been known to get hacked or disappear, search QuadrigaCX scandal.

The main advantage of doing this is instant access to your Compound, and saving the fees associated with transactions and withdrawing.

Always consider the reputation and size of the exchange if you are storing a cryptocurrency asset on it.

Generally speaking, I do not keep a balance on any of the local exchanges. If I am going to hold a balance of a cryptocurrency coin/asset on an exchange it will be Binance as they have the most robust platform. However, use this information at your own risk. The safest place for your crypto assets is a hardware wallet like Ledger.

Regardless of the exchange, if you are holding assets on the exchange, make sure you enable two factor authentication and use a separete secure password on the account.

Summary

  1. Create an account on Newton or similar
  2. Buy or Trade for Compound
  3. Consider storing Compound in a private wallet