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Why doesn’t Luno support more cryptocurrencies?

by Team Luno 3 minute read

This is one of the most common queries that we receive from our community. We understand the validity of this question; it’s one we often ask ourselves. With over 1500 alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) now in existence, and some exchanges supporting as many as possible - “Isn’t it in our best...

Unravelling the misconceptions about Bitcoin

by Team Luno 5 minute read

As interest in Bitcoin grows, more people are being introduced to cryptocurrencies each day. This is exciting, but there are still common misconceptions and myths surrounding this new financial system.

​How runaway markets work

by Team Luno 6 minute read

Investment decisions don’t start with purchases. They start with education. As Bitcoin and Ethereum continue breaking price records, we want to take a moment during this euphoria to explain an important concept: runaway markets.

​You don't have to buy a whole Bitcoin

by Team Luno 2 minute read

A common misconception is that you have to buy a whole Bitcoin to get started. For anyone new to cryptocurrencies, this can be off-putting. But since Bitcoin is digital and can be divided into as many as one hundred million pieces, you don't need to buy a whole one.

The scaling debate, Bitcoin forks and potential disruptions

by Team Luno 5 minute read

“Bitcoin is dying!”, “Bitcoin will crash!”, “Bitcoin may fork!”, “BIP148 vs BIP91”, “August 1 is D-day!“ are some of the confusing articles and comments you might have seen or heard in recent weeks. In this article, I’ll try to unpack what is probably (and probably not) happening to your Bitcoin...

Bitcoin disruption events

by Team Luno 2 minute read

The Bitcoin protocol will be undergoing changes in the coming weeks related to the activation of the Segregated Witness system. Due to the controversial nature of these changes, there are several different activation mechanisms in play. As such, disruptions are expected in the coming weeks, including temporary suspension of Bitcoin...

​What is Ethereum? A beginner's guide

by Team Luno 3 minute read

Note: this post has been updated. You can now buy and sell Ethereum with Luno. Recently we’ve seen a renewed interest in Ethereum from our customers. Like Bitcoin, Ethereum (or ETH, the underlying currency) has soared to an all-new record high over the past few weeks as more and more people warm up to...

Why does Bitcoin have value and how is the price determined?

by Team Luno 4 minute read

As a growing number of people become aware of and interested in Bitcoin --especially when the price tends to increase-- we often get asked: “Why exactly does Bitcoin have value?” Many people find it difficult to grasp how something which only exists digitally can have any value at all. Economics...

Why Bitcoin adoption is closer than you think

by Marcus Swanepoel 12 minute read

How will people use money in the next 5–10 years? At Luno, this is something we regularly ask ourselves, observe and test with our customers, and discuss with the broader finance community, which includes some of the world’s leading fintech thought leaders as well as key decision-makers at everything from...

UK FCA Sandbox announcement

by Marcus Swanepoel 1 minute read

We’re excited to announce today that we have been selected to participate testing in the first group of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Sandbox. Today also marks our broader entry into the UK and European markets. The Regulatory Sandbox is part of the FCA’s Project Innovate. It aims to create...

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