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Why buy Ethereum?
You may want to buy ETH if you want to:
Execute smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain
Diversify your long-term investment strategy
Create or operate decentralized applications
Play Ethereum-based games or use Ethereum-based applications
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What is ETH?
Ethereum is a peer-to-peer network and distributed operating software that allows developers to build and deploy decentralized applications (dApps) and cryptoassets. The network was conceptualized by Vitalik Buterin as a way to expand the functionality of blockchain technology.
The Ethereum network established several token standards, including ERC20, ERC721 and ERC1155. Token standards developed by Ethereum allow crypto assets deployed on the platform to remain compatible with existing decentralized exchanges (DEXs). They also helped give rise to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Ensuring composable smart contracts through developmental standards has made Ethereum an important platform for decentralized finance (DeFi).
Ether (ETH) is the native token of the Ethereum blockchain and is used to make peer-to-peer payments, pay transaction fees incurred on the network and earn rewards for securing the protocol via staking.Want to dive deeper? Read Kraken’s What Is Ethereum? (ETH) to learn more.
How does Ethereum work?
Developers use Ethereum’s native programming language called Solidity to create smart contracts (agreements that execute automatically when specific conditions are met) and deploy them on the Ethereum blockchain. The protocol compiles code via its Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which is incorporated into every Ethereum node.
As a result of the technology inherent to the network, ETH has become one of the most popular digital currencies in the crypto market.
What can you do with your Ethereum?
ETH can be used on a number of crypto platforms to purchase a diverse range of goods and services. For example, the majority of NFTs are priced in ETH and the token is often used for crypto trading on both centralized and decentralized exchanges (DEXs). It can also be staked on Ethereum and across other DeFi-based platforms to generate interest payments.
All of these use cases have made ETH the second most popular digital asset in the crypto space after Bitcoin.
What is the difference between Bitcoin and Ethereum?
Ethereum expands on the blockchain technology pioneered by the Bitcoin network by introducing smart contracts. While Bitcoin remains a popular peer-to-peer digital cash system, Ethereum allows for the creation of more advanced decentralized applications on its platform.
The Ethereum network has been used to develop a number of DeFi platforms that introduce new opportunities for trade in the cryptocurrency space, including derivatives products like options and futures. BTC and ETH are commonly held in crypto portfolios and both are regarded as stores of value.
Want to learn more about the differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum? Check out Kraken’s Learn Center article Ethereum vs. Bitcoin.
How many Ethereum (ETH) coins are in circulation?
ETH is the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap with a circulating supply of more than 122 million tokens. Ethereum’s market capitalization can be calculated by multiplying its circulating supply with the token’s current market price.
You can check ETH’s current market price on Kraken’s ETH price page.
How is the Ethereum network secured?
The Ethereum network is secured through a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. PoS is a modification of proof-of-work (PoW) and was developed as a means to solve the original consensus mechanism’s perceived dependency on energy consumption. Ethereum transitioned from PoW to PoS in an upgrade known as “The Merge.”
Why buy Ethereum with Kraken?
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How to buy Ethereum with a credit card or bank account on the Kraken app
The official Kraken app is the perfect way for you to conveniently buy or sell ETH from the palm of your hand. You can buy Ethereum from anywhere as soon as you:
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How much ETH can I buy with Kraken?
You can buy Ethereum on Kraken with as little as $10 since each ETH is divisible into smaller units. While you do not need to execute larger orders, Kraken’s advanced price discovery and execution technology helps offer some of the best rates of any cryptocurrency exchange.
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