Buying NEM is very easy these days. If you want, you can use cash, card – even PayPal! However, you still need to follow a few steps to do this - that's why we've made this tutorial easy for you! It is separated into parts – just follow the one that matches your purchase method.
What is NEM (XEM) Coin?
NEM Coin (New Economy Movement) is an ecosystem of platforms that use blockchain and cryptography to provide solutions for businesses and individuals. XEM is the native cryptocurrency of NEM’s NIS1 public blockchain.
NIS1 operates in a similar way to Bitcoin (BTC): it has a network of distributed independent nodes that process and record transactions on a public ledger called “blockchain.” These nodes are incentivized to contribute their time and computing resources and remain incorruptible via transaction fee rewards; these rewards are paid out in XEM coins to each node that manages to add a new block of transactions to the end of the blockchain.
However, NIS1’s blockchain has a number of unique features that set it apart from Bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies.
At the time of writing this article the current CoinMarketCap ranking was #88, with a live market cap of $1,009,712,950 USD. It has a circulating supply of 8,999,999,999 XEM coins and a max. supply of 8,999,999,999 XEM coins.
How to buy NEM with credit card or debit card?
No matter what people say, it's easy to buy EVEN with a credit card. Your first step will always be to buy Bitcoins or Ethereum with your credit card. They can then be converted to NEM. Follow these steps: Buy Bitcoin or Ethereum on an exchange you like. Transfer Bitcoin or Ethereum to an exchange that supports NEM currency. Finally, exchange Bitcoin or Ethereum for NEM. Please follow our step-by-step guide below to buy NEM.
1. Create a Coinbase account
To buy Ethereum from Coinbase – which you will exchange for NEM (XEM) later – you need to create a Coinbase account.
Click on the 'subscribe' button and fill in the form. Enter your name (it has to be exactly the same as what is written on your photo ID), email, password and location. Coinbase is regulated by the US government and follows strict financial rules. As such, they need to verify your identity. It takes some time and effort, however, this makes Coinbase reputed to be the most reliable way to convert regular currency to cryptocurrency.
Verify Coinbase account
As Coinbase needs to verify your account, you must provide your phone number, upload a picture of your photo ID and verify your card (credit or debit) or account back. Only then will you be able to buy cryptocurrencies. If you use a card on Coinbase, your fees will be higher, but your purchases will be instant. It's cheaper to use bank transfers, but it's slow - it can take up to a week to receive your coins. When your payment details are verified, click on the 'buy/sell' button in the top menu.
Select 'Ethereum' and enter how much money you want to spend/how many coins you want to buy in the windows at the bottom of the page. Once this is done, click on the 'Buy' button. Now you will have to confirm your purchase. Do this by pressing the 'Confirm purchase' button. You now own some Ethereum. However, don't close Coinbase just yet – we'll use it later!
2. Exchange your Ethereum for NEM (XEM)
As we mentioned, you need to exchange your Ethereum for NEM. In our tutorial, we will use Binance as the site to exchange Ethereum for NEM. Click this link to go to Binance and click 'Register' in the upper right corner.
3. Create a Binance account
A popup will appear to advise you to set up 2FA – two-factor authentication – on your account. Do this to protect your money – even if a hacker gets your password from Binance, the second level of verification will almost certainly stop them from logging into your account. Our recommendation is to use Authy app available on your smartphone or web browser.
4. Get Ready to Transfer Ethereum from Coinbase to Binance
Hover over 'FUNDS' in the top menu and click on 'Deposits'. The new screen will show you how many coins you have stored on Binance – you currently have none. Type 'Ethereum' in the search box. Find Ethereum in this list. Click on 'Deposit' You will receive a long string of numbers and letters - this is your Ethereum deposit address.
Copy this address and save/write it somewhere safe. You will need it soon. Note: Make sure you have actually selected Ethereum (ETH) – sending your coins to the wrong wallet will destroy them. if you send your coins to the wrong wallet, you will lose them.
5.Transfer Ethereum from Coinbase to Binance
Go back to Coinbase. If you followed our advice, it should still be open. Click on 'Accounts' in the top menu bar and find your Ethereum wallet on the left. Click 'Submit'. Paste/write to Binance's Ethereum wallet address in the 'Recipient' box. In the amount box, enter the amount of Ethereum you want to transfer (if you want to send it all, use the 'use max' option). Click 'Continue'. Coinbase may request a password/phone confirmation.
Follow the instructions and Coinbase will confirm that the Ethereum coins have been sent. You will have to wait a few minutes for the Ethereum coins to be moved to Binance. It typically takes between 20 and 60 minutes for coins to appear in your Binance wallet. This depends on network load and may take longer during peak hours. Do not panic. Binance will update automatically – you don't need to refresh the page.
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6. Exchange Ethereum to buy NEM (XEM)
Once Ethereum appears in your 'available balance' on Binance, you are ready to exchange/trade it to buy NEM. Go straight to the XEM/ETH exchange on Binance. Do not panic! Not everything on the trade page is important to us. Let's just use a small part of it. You can buy coins in two ways: 'Limit' order: you can set the price at which you want to buy XEM. 'Market' purchase: automatically fills your order at the best available price.
Buying on the market is simpler, so let's use that. Find the big green 'Buy XEM' button. Click on the 'Market' option in the window above the button. Fill in the amount of XEM you want to buy in the input box labeled 'Value'. You can use the percentage buttons below the box to make the process easier. For example, if you want to exchange 50% of your Ethereum for XEM, click on the 50% button. After entering the desired amount in the box, press the buy button. Your order will be processed immediately.
7. Check your NEM (XEM) balance
Now you have to click on 'Funds' in the menu bar at the top and then go to 'Balances'. Type XEM in the search box. This will display the amount of XEM you now have in your XEM Binance Wallet. You can now leave your coins on Binance where they should be reasonably safe. However, exchange site hacks happen and people are robbed of their money. We recommend keeping your coins in a personal wallet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy NOR with PayPal?
You cannot buy NOR directly with PayPal at this time. If you want to use PayPal, you will have to buy bitcoin first and then exchange bitcoins for XEM using a service like Binance.
Can I buy XEM with cash?
You cannot buy NOR directly with cash. Even though some ATMs support NEM, they are less than 1% of all cryptocurrency ATMs. If you want to buy with cash, you will have to buy bitcoin first and then exchange bitcoins for XEM using a service like Binance.
Can I buy NEM with Bitcoin?
Yes, you can easily do this using Binance to exchange bitcoins for NEM.
Can I buy XEM with Skrill
Europeans can use BitPanda to buy bitcoins or Ethereum with Skrill. Ethereum or BTC can be converted to NEM on Binance.
Can I buy NEM with Ethereum
Yes, you can easily do this using Binance to exchange Ethereum for NEM.
What is the best payment method to use?
The cheapest way to do this is to buy bitcoins with a bank account (or buy NEM directly with a bank account) and exchange BTC for NEM. The fastest way is to buy NEM with a credit card, but higher fees will be charged.
How can I secure XEM after I buy it?
You must store your NEM in a secure wallet. Leaving NEM on an exchange only puts you at risk of losing money if the exchange is hacked. Your account can also be hacked, so it's important to use 2FA.
How can I sell NEM (XEM)?
Binance and changelly are good places to exchange your XEM for any other cryptocurrency. If you want to exchange it for regular currency, exchange XEM for bitcoin and exchange BTC for dollars, euros or other currencies.
Can I mine NEM instead of buying it?
You cannot mine NEM as it has a different network structure than Bitcoin. You can only buy NEI from a bag.