Altcoins, Stablecoins & Bitcoin: Where to buy crypto in South Africa

Altcoins. Stablecoins, Bitcoin. What's the difference? Find out!

Altcoins, Stablecoins & Bitcoin: Where to buy crypto in South Africa

You've bought Bitcoin. But what other cryptocurrency do you have? You've heard people mention altcoins, stablecoins and even DeFI tokens. You're confused, aren't you? All you knew was Bitcoin. We're here to help 🙂

Buying altcoins in South Africa

Firstly, what are altcoins? Altcoins are cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. They share characteristics with Bitcoin but are also different from them in other ways. For example, some altcoins use a different consensus mechanism to produce blocks or validate transactions. Or, they distinguish themselves from Bitcoin by providing new or additional capabilities, such as smart contracts or low-price volatility.

As of March 2021, there were almost 9,000 cryptocurrencies. According to CoinMarketCap, altcoins accounted for over 40% of the total cryptocurrency market in March 2021. Because they are derived from Bitcoin, altcoin price movements tend to mimic Bitcoin’s trajectory.

Fun fact: Ethereum was one of the largest altcoins by market capitalization as of March 2021.

To answer your un-asked question, yes. You can buy altcoins in South Africa. Here's a tutorial on how to buy altcoins in South Africa using ChainEX, the best cryptocurrency exchange 🚀

The same steps apply to any and every coin on ChainEX

What are Stablecoins?

A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency whose value is tied to an outside asset, such as the U.S. dollar or gold, to stabilize the price.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum offer a number of benefits, and one of the most fundamental is not requiring trust in an intermediary institution to send payments, which opens up their use to anyone around the globe. But one key drawback is that cryptocurrencies’ prices are unpredictable and have a tendency to fluctuate, sometimes wildly.

Stablecoins try to tackle price fluctuations by tying the value of cryptocurrencies to other more stable assets – usually fiat. Fiat is the government-issued currency we’re all used to using on a day-to-day basis, such dollars and euros, and it tends to stay stable over time.

Usually the entity behind the stablecoin will set up a “reserve” where it securely stores the asset backing the stablecoin – for example, $1 million in an old-fashioned bank (the kind with branches and tellers and ATMs in the lobby) to back up one million units of the stablecoin.

What are the best altcoins to buy in 2021?

With all the social media and internet hype around certain coins, you've probably wondered if they're worth it. Well, are they? Do your research 🙂 Analysts however, predict that these are the best altcoins to buy in 2021:

  1. Litecoin (LTC)
  2. Neo (NEO)
  3. Stellar (XLM)
  4. Ether (ETH)
  5. Dodgecoin (DOGE)

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