A trading cryptocurrency guide must provide reviews of all of the top crypto exchanges out there, so that you can find the best cryptocurrency exchange site for you. This review of ExtStock consists of four parts: general information, fees, deposit methods and security.
UPDATE 4 May 2020: We have received information from multiple users that this exchange is not executing withdrawals. Naturally, this is very worrying. At Bitcointalk.org (see for instance this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3049906.120) the forum has included a disclaimer above the thread created by the exchange, as follows:
Accordingly, we have - pending further investigation - marked this exchange as "Scam" and moved it to our Exchange Graveyard. We urge any users interested in opening an account at this exchange to proceed with caution.
ExtStock is a cryptocurrency exchange from the United Kingdom. The platform launched in February 2018.
United Kingdom is the country that has the most cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. At least that we know of. In our Cryptocurrency Exchange List, we list the following UK-exchanges (in addition to ExtStock): Altmarkets, Exmo, CEX.io, CoinEgg, Livecoin, DSX, LocalTrade, Bittylicious, CoinMate, Indacoin, MixCoins, Paybis, Vaultoro, XCH4NGE, Rfinex, Cryptonex, N.Exchange, Bitcoinfive, Cryptomate, Trade Satoshi, Luno, CoinFalcon, Bitstamp, Coinfloor, Gatehub, BTC-Alpha, Xena Exchange and Instant Bitex.
ExtStock has a quite limited number of supported cryptocurrencies. You will not find any altcoins with low market capitalisation here, but only the four biggest ones (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash) plus the XNODE-token.
ExtStock promotes four advantages with its trading platform on its website. They promote that the trading platform is secure (more than 90% of assets in cold storage), the liquidity (see more on this below), that it has a 99.9% uptime and that the trading fees are from 0.20%. The latter advantage is not really an advantage. 0.20% is not in any way mind-blowingly competitive. Rather, it’s in line with industry average. The uptime, the cold storage solution and the liquidity are however strong features.
In spite of being an exchange with a limited offering compared to other exchanges, ExtStock’s trading volume is actually quite decent. On the date of first writing this review, 29 June 2019, the 24 hour trading volume at ExtStock was USD 47.9 million. It actually even placed ExtStock on place 62 on the list of the world’s crypto exchanges with the highest 24 hour trading volumes. On the date of last updating this review (16 March 2020, right in the middle of the crisis with COVID-19), ExtStock’s trading volume had improved even more, up to USD 124.6 million, placing it on place no. 68 on the list of the world’s crypto exchanges with the highest 24 hour trading volumes. So in absolute numbers, a clear improvement, but relative to the industry, a slight decrease.
To our understanding, ExtStock is also open to US-investors. At least there are not any specific prohibited jurisdictions listed in the exchange’s terms and conditions or user agreements. Any US-investors interested in trading here should in any event form their own opinion on any issues arising from their citizenship or residency.
ExtStock Trading View
Different exchanges have different trading views. And there is no “this overview is the best”-view. You should yourself determine which trading view that suits you the best. What the views normally have in common is that they all show the order book or at least part of the order book, a price chart of the chosen cryptocurrency and order history. They normally also have buy and sell-boxes. Before you choose an exchange, try to have a look at the trading view so that you can ascertain that it feels right to you. This is the trading view at ExtStock:
ExtStock Trading fees
Trading fees are naturally very important. Every time you place an order, the exchange charges you a trading fee. The trading fee is normally a percentage of the value of the trade order. Many exchanges charge what we call taker fees, from the takers, and what we call maker fees, from the makers. The takers are the people who “take” orders from the order book. This means that they remove order options from the order book and thereby remove liquidity. Makers are the ones who put the orders on the order book in the first place.
The main alternative to this is to simply charge “flat” fees. Flat fees mean that the exchange charges the taker and the maker the same fee.
At this exchange, they don’t divide between takers and makers, but they charge flat fees: 0.10% of the order value.
0.10% is in line with, or even somewhat lower, than the current industry average. Industry average has for a long time been 0.25%, but we are currently seeing a shift towards lower fees. Many exchanges now charge e.g. 0.10% or 0.15% instead, just like ExtStock.
ExtStock Withdrawal fees
ExtStock charges a withdrawal fee amounting to 0.0005 BTC when you withdraw BTC. This is around 40% lower than the industry average, as the industry average is arguably around 0.0008 BTC per BTC-withdrawal. Accordingly, the withdrawal fee charged by this exchange is quite competitive.
ExtStock does offer fiat currency deposits, but you can’t deposit via credit card. Accordingly, if you for some reason would prefer to deposit to your choice of trading platform via your credit card then you need to find another exchange. Don’t worry though, you can find an exchange that accept credit card deposits simply by using our Exchange Finder tool.
We run all exchange-websites in Mozilla’s Observatory-test (https://observatory.mozilla.org/). The score in such test is one of many indicators of the exchange’s security. This exchange only received an F-score in this test. An F might seem scary, but it should be noted that out of all exchanges in our Cryptocurrency Exchange List, a majority actually received just that: F.
Finally, the exchange reviewed above is what we call an “entry-level exchange”. This means that this exchange also makes it possible for someone to enter the cryptocurrency market with fiat currency. There are numerous entry-level exchanges out there, including (but not limited to):