investing in bitcoin

Bitcoin is becoming attractive as a speculative investment as more people begin to doubt the existing financial system and fiat currencies.

Because of this the question “how do I buy large amounts of bitcoin?” is popping up frequently. This post will show you how.

OTC Exchanges

Over-the-counter exchanges have helped increase liquidity. Large players now have more options to deal with large blocks of bitcoin, thanks to the companies discussed in depth below.

For more information on Bitcoin OTC markets, check out this explainer from Brave New Coin.

Online Exchanges

The OTC exchanges require you to call and communicate on the phone. If you want to buy large amounts of bitcoin online, try one of these exchanges:

  • Popular Exchanges
  • Coinbase
    • High liquidity and buying limits
    • Easy way for newcomers to get bitcoins
    • "Instant Buy" option available with debit card
  • Coinbase Pro
    • Some of the lowest fees available for US and EU customers
    • Possible to buy bitcoins for 0% fees
    • Run by Coinbase
  • Kraken
    • Great liquidity and low fees
    • Supports most countries
    • Trusted exchange, started in 2011

Cumberland Mining

Cumberland Mining is one of the leading OTC liquidity providers in the digital currency space. It is a subsidiary of DRW Trading, a prominent financial trading firm.

As one of the few institutional trading firms in the digital currency space, it helps provide global liquidity to the overall ecosystem through competitive markets/prices.

Genesis

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Genesis is an OTC trading group based in New York. Genesis is a Digital Currency Group company, which is backed by MasterCard and a number of other investment groups.

Genesis has a minimum trade size of 25 BTC, but the average trade is much larger:

Since September 2013, the Firm has traded over 900,000 Bitcoin (BTC), worth over $360 million United States Dollars, and has completed over 2,400 trades. Genesis makes buying and selling large blocks of digital currency a simple, secure, and supported process.

This comes out to an average of 375 BTC or $150,000 per trade.

Genesis isn’t open to everyone. You must apply and get approved in order to make a trade.

itBit

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itBit is another New York based exchange, offering both a global exchange and OTC trading.

Institutional buyers can buy on itBit’s OTC market, where nearly 40,000 bitcoin per month are exchanged. itBit has shown that it is able to execute orders very close to spot price:

Like Genesis, itBit isn’t open to everyone. Most of its clients include miners, Bitcoin payment processors, and institutions. Apply here.

Coinbase

Coinbase is a good option for individuals who want to buy large quantities of bitcoin. It’s also one of the easiest ways to buy bitcoin in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.

Fully verified users can buy up to $50,000 worth of bitcoin per day on Coinbase, through a connected bank account via ACH bank transfer, or with a wire transfer.

Coinbase sells Bitcoin at a fixed rate, which is generally very close to market price. The downside to Coinbase is the 1.49% fee per transaction. If you buy $50,000 worth of bitcoin, you’ll pay a $500 fee and receive $49,500 worth of bitcoin. To prevent paying a fee and to select your own price, see the next option on this list.

Users in select states can request to raise their deposit limit from $50,000 to $100,000. If your request is granted, deposits over the $50,000 per day must be made with a wire transfer.

Coinbase Pro

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Coinase Pro is separate from Coinbase’s brokerage services. Coinbase Pro is currently the largest U.S. based Bitcoin exchange, with around 7,000-10,000 BTC traded daily.

Coinbase pro is available in all of the USA besides Hawaii.

It is also available in the following EU countries:

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Gemini

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The Winklevoss twins launched Gemini in November 2015. Gemini works with both individuals and institutional clients.

Fully verified users have high deposits limits. While the exchange has received a lot of hype, it’s now yet shown in its volume. Due to this users may have a tough time making use of their large deposits. In the future, this may be a better option.

Kraken

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Kraken is a Bitcoin exchange that trades in Euro. An average day of volume is around 3,000-4,000 bitcoins.

Kraken is a good option for Europeans, who can deposit via SEPA transfer. Deposit limits vary and depend on your level of verification.

U.S. and U.K. users can deposit via SEPA transfer or SWIFT. Japanese users can deposit JPY via bank deposit.

Bitstamp

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Bitstamp was one of the first Bitcoin exchanges. It’s based in Slovenia, but backed by a number of U.S. companies, including Pantera Capital. Bitstamp’s exchange trades in U.S. dollars, with an average daily volume of 10,000 bitcoins.

Bitstamp is a good option for European users, who can deposit via SEPA transfer. Bitstamp also accepts SWIFT transfers.