Buy Neo in Canada

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

What is Neo?

Neo bills itself as a “rapidly growing and developing” ecosystem that has the goal of becoming the foundation for the next generation of the internet — a new economy where digitized payments, identities and assets come together.

Initially known as Antshares, this project was believed to be China’s first-ever public blockchain when it was launched in February 2014. The open-source platform subsequently rebranded to Neo three years later.

As well as creating a worldwide community of developers who create new infrastructure for the network and lower barriers to entry, the team behind this project operate an EcoBoost initiative that’s designed to encourage people to build decentralized apps and smart contracts on its blockchain.

It’s often been likened to the Chinese version of the Ethereum network.

The co-founders of Neo, and its predecessor Antshares, are Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang. Both serve as chairmen of the Neo Foundation, which aims to promote the blockchain’s adoption.

Da Hongfei has said that, although the internet is a great invention, it has many flaws — and this means that everyday consumers don’t always have control over their own data. The entrepreneur believes blockchain applications will eventually go mainstream.

Erik Zhang was the author of the Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance algorithm, which aims to deter untrustworthy participants from taking part in the blockchain’s operation. This technology went on to be used in the Neo blockchain. He also served as the core developer for this network, and is playing an instrumental role in the development of Neo 3.0, the next iteration of the project’s infrastructure.

One of the unique selling points of the Neo blockchain concerns its continuous development, which helps ensure that it is futureproof and able to cope with sudden increases in demand. As mentioned earlier, the project has developed Neo 3.0 — enhancing network security and allowing a greater number of transactions per second to be processed.

1. Create accounts

In order to buy Neo in Canada you will need both a Canadian (local) exchange account and a global exchange account. You will need to buy one of the main cryptocurrencies on the Canadian exchange and then transfer that to the global exchange you registered with which trades Neo.

The first step in this process is to gain the ability a mainstream cryptocurrency with Canadian dollars. For this you will need a local exchange account, currently we recommend Newton or Shakepay.

If you want to buy Neo right now, without going through the full verification process, and if you want to buy only a small amount ($375 CAD or less) consider using Coinbase.

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

Next, you will need to create an account on a global exchange. This will allow you to trade the cryptocurrency you bought in the previous step for Neo. Unfortunately, it's not possible yet to do it all on the same exchange. Which is why you need to use multiple exchanges.

We recommend using Binance

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

In order to fund your local exchange accounts 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 on exchanges.

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 your cryptocurrencies

Now that you have both a local exchange account and a global exchange account it's time to make your purchases. You need to buy XRP or ETH, transfer it to a Global exchange, and then place an order to trade it for Neo.

The first step is buy one of the main cryptocurrencies that you can trade for alt coins. If you are on Newton I'd buy XRP, if you are on Shakepay buy BTC.

If you are not using Binance, it is a important to verify that your global exchange will trade the cryptocurrency you are buying in this step for Neo.

Login to your local exchange and buy your desired amount of Neo in XRP or ETH. We currently recommend buying with XRP as it provides a faster network transfer time and cheaper network fees than Bitcoin/Ethereum. BTC is ok if you are using Shakepay as they will cover the network fees to transfer to Binance or another exchange.

The next step is to transfer your XRP or BTC from your local exchange account to a global exchange. For example, from your Newton or Shakepay account to your Binance account.

This involves getting the funding wallet address from Binance account and withdrawing to it from your Newton or Shakepay account.

You will need to 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.

The next step is to actually buy Neo. In your Binance (or similar) account place an order to trade the crypto currency for Neo.

Binance has a trading pair for both USDT and BTC.
- If you bought BTC originally you can now trade it for Neo at the NEO/BTC trading pair.
- If you bought XRP originally, first you need to trade it for USDT and then you can trade it for Neo at the NEO/USDT trading pair.

The fastest way is to place a market order which buys Neo for the current market price on the exchange. However, consider using a limit order to get a better price, but remember if the market price does not hit your limit price your order will not be filled.

3. Storing your Neo

If you just bought some Neo 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 Neo on a exchange.

Feel free to do a google search to research what wallets are available and know what the options are.

Once you have decided on a wallet, follow the instructions to get it setup then withdraw your Neo from your exchange account. It is common for a small network fee to be associted with the withdrawal.

The safest way to store Neo, 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.

This is generally not recommended. However, you might want to do this if you are actively trading Neo. 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 Neo, 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 a local exchange.
  2. Create an account on a global exchange.
  3. First, buy XRP or BTC on the local exchange and transfer it to Binance.
  4. Next, trade XRP or BTC for Neo
  5. Store your Neo, consider getting a software or hardware wallet.