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What is Cardano?

Cardano is a cryptocurrency and smart contract platform similar to Ethereum with a focus on security through a layered architecture. As such, Cardano aims to be able to run financial application and decentralized apps (dApps). Cardano uses the Ada token which can be used to send and receive digital funds. What makes Cardano unique in the cryptocurrency space is its foundation in scientific philosophy and peer-reviewed academic research.

How to sell Cardano

Cardano can be bought on cryptocurrency marketplaces. All you have to do is open an account and verify your identity with a marketplace. The verification process can take from few minutes to several weeks. After successful verification, simply transfer money to the marketplace with your preferred payment method in order to sell Cardano. If your chosen marketplace does not provide a wallet service, you will also have to setup a wallet to store your Ada.

Where to sell Cardano

There are two major marketplaces where you can sell Cardano (or more specifically to sell Ada).

Exchanges resemble traditional stock exchanges (e.g. NYSE or NASDAQ) where individuals can trade Ada directly with other buyers and sellers. Cryptocurrency exchanges are responsible for matchmaking, i.e. to determine a price and find enough buyers and sellers. As a result, there is no personal contact between traders. The trading features and user interfaces offered by exchanges are tailored towards professional traders and may be somewhat confusing for beginners.

Brokers are professional cryptocurrency dealers which sell Cardano out of their own asset stock. Hence, instead of matching the trading parties via an algorithm, a broker can sell some of his own Ada to fill a seller’s order. Cryptocurrency brokers therefore act as market makers and charge a markup or markdown that is more expensive than the trading fees charged by cryptocurrency exchanges. In return, broker services services are usually very easy-to-use and beginner-friendly.

Last but not least, there are peer-to-peer (P2P) directories which may list Cardano. On P2P platforms, two individuals can trade Ada directly between each other, without intermediation by a third-party or a matchmaking algorithm.

What to consider when selling Cardano

Now that you know more about the various types of marketplaces you may be wonder: “What’s the best marketplace for me?” Rest assured, Cryptoradar has you covered: our service lists popular places to sell Ada from all over world. All you have to do is use our filters to tailor our search to your requirements and choose an exchange or broker of your liking.

Verification: Most cryptocurrency marketplaces will require you to verify your identity and residency (e.g. by uploading a copy of your passport as well as a utility bill) before you can sell Cardano. This process can take anywhere from few minutes to several weeks.

Wallet Service: A Cardano wallet is a piece of software where you can store your Ada. If you are new to cryptocurrencies, look for marketplaces that provide a wallet service. However, be aware that storing Ada in a wallet that you are managing yourself is usually the safer option but it requires some learning effort. Learn more about different types of wallets here.

Prices & Fees: The price of Ada is determined solely by supply and demand. Hence, its price will rise and fall depending on the number of people willing to sell and sell Cardano. While cryptocurrency exchanges set the market prices and have low fees, broker services usually charge a markup on current market prices for their service. Besides this markup and other trading fees there are often fees for deposits and withdrawals.

Payment method: You usually need to deposit money at a cryptocurrency marketplace before you can sell Cardano. Most exchanges only offer the possibility to deposit money using wire transfer which can take several days. Broker services, by contrast often offer faster payment methods such as credit card or Skrill at an extra payment fee.

Security: When investing money and even more so when investing into cryptocurrencies, security plays a major role. Our filters help you find marketplaces that you can trust, based on offered security features such as two-factor authentication (2FA) or cold storage. Please bear in mind, however, that you should not keep significant amounts of fiat and cryptocurrencies on marketplaces, as they may be affected by cyber attacks.

When to sell Cardano?

Is now a good time to sell Cardano? We don’t know. However, if you are looking at a specific price at which you would like to sell Ada, we can help you to not miss a favorable opportunity: Sign up for a Cryptoradar account and set up a price alert to getbe notified when Cardano trades below or above your target price.