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CoinTracking Review (2018)

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  • Functionality
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Browser App
  • Mobile App
  • Cost
4.4

Summary

No other cryptocurrency portfolio manager is packed with as much functionality as CoinTracking.info. Nothing comes close to the convenience and value that it offers either. It has everything you’d want from a portfolio tracker, plus more.

Even after testing numerous alternatives to CoinTracking, I haven’t been able to find any cryptocurrency portfolio manager which has as much functionality for the same cost. In this review, I’ll walk you through some of its best features and why it’s the #1 cryptocurrency portfolio manager available.

FEATURES

Overview

CoinTracking.info has been around since 2013 and currently supports over 315,000 users. It’s packed full of great features which help you manage your cryptocurrency portfolio and make better decisions. These include:

  • Free and paid options.
  • Browser-based, but has a mobile app too.
  • Automatically tracks your transactions on over 30 cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Generate reports of your cryptocurrency trading or investment performance.
    • e.g., ‘realised and unrealised gains’ and ‘average purchase prices’.
  • Supports over 5500 currencies.
  • Generates tax reports (FIFO, LIFO, HIFO, and LOFO).
  • An ‘easy enter’ feature which is free and allows you to watch your portfolio in an easy, simplified interface.

These are just some of CoinTracking’s features. You can find an overview of features on their homepage or here.

DEMO: I’ll walkthrough some of the main benefits of using CoinTracking below. If you’d prefer to explore its benefits yourself, you can play around with their demo account (which has sample transactions).

Automatic Exchange & Wallet Tracking

Automatic API Import

At the time of writing, CoinTracking allows you to automatically import transactions from 32 exchanges. This includes popular exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, GDAX, and Kraken.

Setting this up is quick and easy. It just requires you to allow CoinTracking read-only (so it can’t withdraw or make trades) API access to an exchange. CoinTracking provides step-by-step instructions to help you out.

Once you’ve set this up, you’ll never have to manually enter transactions you make on that exchange again. This is super-convenient and has saved me heaps of time since I started using it. By itself, this makes CoinTracking worth the money for me.

Wallet Tracking

You can also setup CoinTracking to watch your cryptocurrency wallets for incoming and outgoing transactions. You can set this up for BTC, ETH, and 200 other altcoins. Yet another awesome feature.

Manual Exchange & Wallet CSV Import

Exchanges

For those exchanges which you can’t automatically import transactions from (e.g., LocalBitcoins), you can manually import your transactions. You’ll do this by downloading a CSV file from the exchange and then uploading it on CoinTracking. They provide instructions to walk you through this.

If you use an exchange which isn’t on this list, you can still import CSV or Excel files. If you’re doing this, I’d suggest you upload these transactions through the Excel import. They provide some instructions here. You probably won’t need this, but it’s nice to have.

Wallets

You can also manually import incoming and outgoing wallet transactions from Blockchain, Electrum, Exodus, Mycelium, and Trezor. As before, this process is quick and easy.

Trade Reports

The real benefit of using CoinTracking is the wealth of information which you can glean from their dashboard and reports. Because all your transactions are tracked in one place, you’re able to make more informed decisions about whether to buy/sell something (or do nothing). It’s helped me a lot.

These reports might be intimidating at first, but there is website documentation and an FAQ on some pages (see screenshot below).

This can be found at the top right on some pages.

Unrealised and Realised Gains

What are unrealised/realised gains?

An unrealised gain (or loss) is the profit (or loss) you’d achieve if you sold at that moment. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘paper profit/loss

A realised gain (or loss) is the profit (or loss) you’ve already generated with purchases/sales. Some more details here.

This shows the current unrealised and realised gains (or losses!) for all the cryptocurrencies you currently hold. By default unrealised and realised gains are calculated using the FIFO (first-in, first-out) method, but you can change this.

I’ve found this extremely useful for monitoring the value of my realised gains and keeping track of my (approximate) capital gains obligations.

Average Purchase Prices

In comparison to the information shown on the unrealised and realised gains page, only the average purchase price is calculated here.

In December 2017, I was using this to average down the purchase price of some cryptocurrencies I held (so that I wasn’t exposing myself to as much risk). For some cryptocurrencies, I just wanted to play with the profit I’d made – not any of my initial investment.

In such cases, I would pull out the value shown in column 2 (see below) from my cryptocurrency holdings. For example, I’d withdraw about £1000 worth of DOGE to put my purchase value below £0. All my remaining DOGE would be profit. Even if DOGE price falls to 0, I wouldn’t have lost any of my initial investment.

Tax Reports

If you upgrade to one of CoinTracking’s paid plans, you’ll get access to their do-it-yourself tax report generator. You can customise all the details of the report for your country of residence. There’s guidance for citizens in USA, Germany, and Netherlands.

If you’re from the UK, you have a capital gains tax-free allowance of £11,300 (2017/2018). If you want some more details:

If you’re liable to pay tax and unsure whether your report is correct, it’d be sensible to get professional help. Getting on the wrong side of the taxman doesn’t sound like a good time.

Mobile App

The mobile app was recently revamped, and it looks good. It does everything you’d expect:

  • Get an overview of your portfolio value and recent price changes.
  • Portfolio value over time.
  • Cryptocurrency price trends.
  • Unrealised and realised gains (summarised).

It’s not like the desktop version, but CoinTracking’s mobile app does offer just as much as Blockfolio and Delta – two popular mobile cryptocurrency portfolio trackers.

It would benefit from a little love, especially the clunky alerts system (process described below). If you don’t want anyone accidentally stumbling onto your portfolio, you’d also be well advised to logout after you’re done using the app too. Not ideal.

How do I setup alerts up?

To setup alerts:

1. Go to the 1st page (the app dashboard) and tap on a cryptocurrency.

2. In the bottom right, tap the bell which says: ‘Alerts OFF’.

3. Tap the ‘+’ symbol in the top right.

4. You can now setup alerts for when the price hits a specific fiat (e.g., GBP) or BTC value.

5. Tap ‘Save’ and you’ll see something like this.

6. You can add multiple alerts for when the same cryptocurrency hits other price points (just repeat the process).

Some additional things:

  • Once an alert is triggered, it’ll push a notification to your phone. It then turns OFF that alert.
  • You must repeat this process for every cryptocurrency you want to setup an alert for.
  • You can turn off or delete ALL your alerts (but NOT edit them) by:
    • Tapping your ‘Back’ button while on any page.
    • Selecting ‘Alerts’.

Easy Enter

This is a separate system which doesn’t impact your charts or analysis. It’s aimed at beginners and allows you to:

  • Check the amount of cryptocurrency you hold, their overall value, and their value per unit.
  • Add entries (entries for the same coin are aggregated on page reload).
  • Check out the profit/loss for each cryptocurrency you hold.

I’m not a fan on this. You’d be better served using Blockfolio, Delta, or AltPocket if this is all you want.

I don’t think this is worth using.

Cost

You can try out CoinTracking with a free account (manage up to 200 trades), but you’ll need to upgrade your account to unlock all its great features.

Upgrading your account to unlock all the features isn’t cheap though. Fortunately, there are two quick and easy discounts you can grab:

Although priced in BTC, upgrades are anchored to the fixed cost shown below.

 UNLIMITEDPRO
Cost for one year£94£59
Cost for two years£144£94
Cost for lifetime use£1432£193

Compared to leading alternatives like Delta.io (£64/year) and AltPocket (£120/year), this is incredible value. What CoinTracking offers is miles ahead.

The cost for a lifetime unlimited license does seem a little crazy (at £1432) though. You’d be wiser to just stick with the two-year plan and then re-evaluate your options when it comes time to renew.

Conclusion

I’m a big fan of CoinTracking.

Before settling with CoinTracking, I tried several well-recommended mobile and desktop cryptocurrency portfolio managers. But nothing comes close to the convenience, functionality, and value of CoinTracking. I still think it’s the #1 cryptocurrency portfolio tracker out there.

HOWEVER, I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone. If you’re making less than 50-100 trades a year, I don’t think it makes much sense to buy a license for this. Stick with a spreadsheet or free options (e.g., Delta or Blockfolio).

But if you are making regular trades, then I think CoinTracking is a must-buy. It saves you time, works straight out of the box, and helps you make better decisions. For less than £60 a year, I think it’s a great deal.

REMINDER: You can test-drive most the features by signing up for a free account. Sign up through this link and you’ll get 10% off if you decide to upgrade later.

 

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