Bitcoin Learning Center
- Learn about where to buy Bitcoin
- How to open an account on an exchange
- Choosing the best purchasing method
Bitcoin is a digital currency that facilitates peer-to-peer transactions. The Bitcoin network is maintained by miners who add blocks to the blockchain. Bitcoin’s supply is predetermined and cannot be changed.
Bitcoin can be purchased in a variety of ways using several different payment methods. Brokerages, exchanges, and peer-to-peer networks offer trade-offs between liquidity, security, and privacy.
Bitcoin’s unique features make it valuable in the eyes of its holders. Notably, its scarce, auditable supply is not controlled by a government or other monolithic entity.
Financial markets facilitate the trading of financial assets across many participants. These markets are usually owned by a company who pairs buyers and sellers of different assets and maintains the market’s fairness.
A private key is used to verify ownership and sign transactions in order to send bitcoin. A private key can derive a public key.
Bitcoin wallets hold a user's keys, allowing them to sign transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain. Wallets also allow users to receive bitcoin and store it securely.