How To Buy Bitcoin in Belgium
Do you live in Belgium and want to buy Bitcoin? Are you looking for answers on the best way to do it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Congratulations! You just took the first step into buying Bitcoin. In this world, research is key. With that in mind, before we jump into how to buy bitcoin with euros, let’s briefly clarify what Bitcoin is, as well as go over some of its properties and use-cases.
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a Cryptocurrency (here Crypto refers to the cryptography used to secure and encrypt data) that operates on a distributed and decentralized peer-to-peer network, which allows anyone across the planet to store, send, and receive money over the internet, without the need for a financial intermediary, such as a bank.
Bitcoin was launched by a pseudonymous entity known as Satoshi Nakamoto in response to the bank bailout in 2009. As opposed to fiat currencies like the dollar or Euro, which can be printed endlessly, there will only ever be 21 million Bitcoins in circulation. The control over this supply of Bitcoin is not carried out by a any company, government or organization. Instead, it is regulated by a pre-defined, open-source algorithm which does not have a single point of failure.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, stated: “The world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin.”
Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini said “We have elected to put our money and faith in a mathematical framework that is free of politics and human error.”
The Bitcoin Duality
There are two aspects to Bitcoin – Bitcoin (BTC) the asset and Bitcoin the network.
bitcoin the network is an open, censorship-resistant monetary network that operates in a trustless manner, without intermediaries like governments, banks, companies, and so on. Anyone can be a part of this network and use it to move value or information anywhere in the world for low fees.
Bitcoin (BTC) the asset is widely considered to be the digital equivalent of Gold, namely Gold 2.0, since it shares a lot of the properties of Gold, such as durability, portability, divisibility, and most importantly scarcity. Arguably, Bitcoin is even more scarce than gold, which makes it an attractive asset class to invest in. Bitcoin has been one of the best-performing assets in the past decade.
Bitcoin has gone from a small movement to a mainstream phenomenon. It is now among the top 20 currencies in terms of market cap and has processed trillions of dollars in transactions. The reason why it is such an attractive investment is because it is deflationary in nature (as opposed to fiat currencies, which are inflationary), so it is reasonable to consider it as a hedge against inflation. (Read a brief history of money for a deeper dive into the history and properties of money).
With the theory out of the way, let’s get to buying
How can you buy bitcoin in Belgium with euros?
First, some rules:
- Have clarity on why you are buying bitcoin. Do you want it as an investment? means of transacting? or are you curious about the technology? All are valid, and you can discover them along the way.
- Do not buy, and even less make big investments, without doing your own research. While many in the community will want to help you, there’s always some malicious people that will try to scam you. As a general rule, if it looks to good to be true, it usually is.
- Invest what you can afford, avoid taking unnecessary loans or credit to buy Bitcoin. Being a volatile asset (for now), sometimes you’ll find yourself in a position where waiting for it to regain value is the correct move. If you pour your entire savings into Bitcoin, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to withdraw at an unfavorable price. Be mindful about it.
Now, time to buy!
How to buy bitcoin with Euros instantly?
Step 1: Download the Lastbit app and complete a brief KYC.
Step 2: Top up your wallet with Euros from your bank.
Step 3: Select the amount you want to purchase and click Buy.
And Voila! Your Bitcoin purchase is complete, in as little as 3 steps.
Just in case you want a more comprehensive guide on how to proceed, here is a detailed guide to Buying Bitcoin using the Lastbit app.
Step 1: Know your customer.
We know that the KYC process is usually not fun, but it is for the safety of the community, which is why we have made the process as simple as possible. As soon as you sign in, all you have to do is chat with our mascot/AI robot, and he will guide you through the entire process.
Step 2: Sending the Euros
Simply deposit Euros from your bank account to your Lastbit Euro wallet with a SEPA bank transfer.
Step 3: Buying Bitcoin
Select the amount you want to buy on the purchase tab, and click on Buy. The app fetches the best market price and places the order, which is fulfilled in a matter of seconds and placed on your personal Bitcoin Wallet.
Now you are the proud owner of Bitcoin and member of the Bitcoin Community. Congratulations!
Some additional features you can enjoy with Lastbit:
DCA autopilot buying – Buy Bitcoin automatically on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, so that you can average the price and minimze your exposure to volatility. You set it up, and it gets directly sent to your Bitcoin Account.
Lightning Support – Pay and get paid in Bitcoin instantly and cheaply with the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
The Lightning Network is a layer 2 scaling technology on the Bitcoin Network, which allows you to send Bitcoin much more cheaply (mere cents per transaction), and instantly, as opposed to waiting for conventional blockchain confirmations, which take upwards of 10 minutes and can even reach an hour.
Spend Bitcoin using the Lastbit Card – Spend your Bitcoin by topping up your Lastbit Debit card with Bitcoin (which will be accepted in any merchant that accepts Mastercard worldwide). A Crypto Card always comes in handy when it comes to using your Bitcoin.
Can I buy a fraction of a Bitcoin?
Yes! You absolutely can! 1 Bitcoin can be divided into 100 million fractions, known as satoshis. Sats, as they are known, are to Bitcoin what cents are to Euros, but much more fractionable.
What is the minimum amount of Bitcoin I can buy?
You can buy as low as 5 euros worth of Bitcoin.
Where are my bitcoins stored? Are they in my bitcoin account?
There are two ways you can store your Bitcoin – Custodial and non-custodial methods.
Custodial essentially means a company holds your keys on your behalf, whereas non-custodial means you hold your own Bitcoin keys, and manage your private keys. Each comes with pros and cons. Custodial requires you to trust the company, and non-custodial requires you to take full responsibility on safeguarding the keys and never losing them.
In the case of Lastbit, we currently offer custodial services for Bitcoin.
Can I sell my Bitcoin anytime?
Yes, you can! Unlike the stock market, the Crypto market trades 24/7 worldwide, so you will be able to buy/sell bitcoin at any time of the year.
Can I withdraw my Bitcoins to another wallet of my choice?
Yes! you can withdraw your Bitcoin to any crypto wallet of your choice.
We strive to make the Bitcoin experience as good as possible. Go on! Download the Lastbit App to buy Bitcoin with ease. We are here to serve you.