[This guide was updated in October 2018]
Stellar Lumens (XLM) is currently the 6th largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Yet despite having a total supply worth over US$ 4 billion, it appears that XLM still has a lot of room to grow. Many are excited about Stellar’s potential to change the world’s financial systems, and we could soon see it follow in the footsteps of Ripple—in fact, IBM is using Stellar to compete with Ripple.
In this guide, we’re going to show you how you can start investing in XLM on one of the world’s largest exchanges, Binance.
What is XLM?
First, there is a classification to be made. Much like Ripple and XRP, Stellar is the blockchain network, and Lumens (or XLM) is the cryptocurrency used on the Stellar network.
The similarities between Stellar and Ripple don’t end there, however. Both networks serve the same function, to enable instant, cheap, cross-border transactions, focused on the banking and financial sectors. In fact, Stellar creator Jed McCaleb was one of Ripple’s co-founders. He served there as CTO before leaving the company to create Stellar.
Stellar’s main concept is to act as a currency exchange protocol. It will let people easily transfer between different currencies, by using Lumens as a go-between. In short, if someone wants to exchange USD to EUR, Stellar will do this by exchanging USD to Lumens, and Lumens to EUR. The network is supported by businesses running individual nodes, making it a little different to regular mining cryptocurrencies.
Despite being one of the largest coins in the world right now, not many Fiat-Lumens pairs are available. So the best way to get XLM is to first buy a currency like Bitcoin or Ethereum, and trade for Stellar Lumens on an exchange, such as Binance.
Here’s how to start investing in Stellar Lumens:
Step 1: Register on Binance
If you haven’t already, you will need to register an account on Binance. Their interface is very user-friendly, and the process should not take long.
Step 2: Verify your account
Binance requires you to submit several KYC (know your customer) verification documents before you can start trading. Also, you will need to set up secure 2-Factor Authentication to protect your account.
Step 3: Send BTC or ETH to your Binance account
Once your account is active, you will have to deposit Bitcoin or Ethereum to your Binance wallet.
Once you have BTC/ETH and are ready to send to Binance, go to the top navigation bar, select “Funds” and “Deposits”.
Select from the dropdown menu whether you want to deposit BTC or ETH. This will give you an address to send your coins to. Make sure you only send the selected currency to that address (i.e. only send Bitcoin to the Bitcoin address). If you send any other coin, it could be lost.
Step 4: Wait for confirmation
Depending on the network load, it may take a few moments for the transaction to go through.
Step 5: Find and select the BTC or ETH pair
Once you’ve deposited Bitcoin or Ethereum to your Binance wallet, you’ll need to move to the exchange section of Binance. Do this by hovering over “Exchange” on the top bar, and select “Basic”.
Now you are in the exchange area, go to the right-hand side, where it shows pairs for BTC, ETH, BNB, and USDT. Choose the coin you deposited earlier, and search for XLM. Click on the pairing to bring up the XLM trading screen.
Optional: Use Binance’s advanced tools to buy at the right time
Binance offers a number of tools and data charts to help you track coins’ performance over time. Using this information, you can be sure to buy low, and sell high.
The trading screen will show you price and order history for every pair. It also gives you the option to set limits for buying or selling. This means you can set a price at which Binance will automatically make a trade for you.
Step 6: Choose the amount of XLM you want to buy
Underneath the price chart, you can set the price you wish to buy at, or select “Market”. Buying at the market price will execute your transaction at whatever value XLM is at that moment.
For both types of order, you can choose how much XLM to buy, or to spend 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the coins in your BTC/ETH wallet.
Step 7: Buy Stellar Lumens!
Click the “Buy XLM” button, and you’re done!
Step 8: Move your coins to a secure Stellar wallet
The best advice in crypto is to keep your coins in your own wallet, off an exchange when not trading.
You will need a wallet that supports Stellar Lumens. An official list of wallets supporting XLM can be found here. Popular options include the Interstellar wallet, a multi-platform wallet specifically for the Stellar network, or the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet, one of the most secure types of wallet available.
Once you have your Stellar Lumens wallet set up and ready, go once again to “Funds” and select “Withdrawals”. From here, find XLM from the dropdown menu. Now add your XLM wallet address, and choose how much to withdraw.
Click “Submit”, and wait for the transaction to be confirmed. Your coins should show up in your wallet shortly, depending on the amount of activity on the network.
Now you’re ready to start investing in Stellar Lumens, the currency behind the global financial network of the future.
Andrew is a writer and digital marketer from New Zealand, now based out of South East Asia. Along with his work in many areas of the e-commerce space, Andrew has a keen interest in cryptocurrency, especially altcoins and projects focused on mainstream crypto adoption