Deposit Guide - Funding Your Broker Account

You can fund your FBS account in any way you like, however we recommend using the crypto method below as when it comes to withdrawals, crypto is the fastest and cheapest method. It's also the cheapest for making deposits.

While the crypto steps below may seem complicated and long, once you've done it once it is really quick and easy to do in the future.

The minimum deposit amount to start trading with BladeMiner is USD$50. You can of course deposit as much as you'd like above this (more = more returns!).


Funding Your FBS Account Using Crypto

Please note: The information below applies to South Africa, but the principles are the same wherever you may be. If you are elsewhere, or already have a Litecoin (LTC) enabled crypto wallet, you can skip to Step 6.


  1. Open an account with crypto exchange Valr.
    Both Valr and FTX (next step) require two-factor authentication (2fa). We highly recommend using the (free) mobile app Authy for easy 2fa (for any website).

    Validate and fund your Valr account with however much you want to deposit. This is a straight bank transfer. If you are with Standard Bank, funds should come through very quickly (or if you make immediate payment). Alternatively, it will take a day or so to reflect.

    Once your account is funded, buy Ripple (XRP, visit https://www.valr.com/wallets/XRP > Buy With ZAR) using all the deposited funds (or however much you want to deposit into FBS).

  2. Open an account with crypto exchange FTX.
    The reason we need FTX is because Valr accepts deposits from South Africa, but doesn't support LTC inherintly, so a conversion from Ripple (XRP) to LiteCoin (LTC) is needed. This conversion costs virtually nothing. For the following steps, open 3 tabs: One for Valr, one for FTX and one for FBS.

  3. In FTX: Go to Wallet > Deposits > Make Deposit. On XRP, click 'Deposit'. This will bring up the XRP address and tag.

  4. In Valr: Create an XRP withdrawal (visit https://www.valr.com/withdraw/XRP). Copy the values exactly as shown in FTX and paste into the requested fields in Valr XRP withdrawal.

    Do not type these values as getting them wrong could result in permanent loss of funds.

    Once the withdrawal is complete, the XRP should take only a few minutes to reflect in your FTX account.

    To see transaction status in Valr, click on your name in top right hand side > Transactions.

  5. In FTX: Once the XRP is received, convert the whole amount to Litecoin (LTC):

    Go to your Wallet. On the line with XRP, click 'Convert'. Select LTC and convert entire amount to LTC.

    Conversion to LTC costs virtually nothing, and sometimes can even result in a small profit (if the XRP price has increased with respect to LTC).

  6. Great! You should now have LTC, ready for transfer (deposit) to FBS.

    In FBS: Click 'Deposit' on the account you wish to fund. Select Litecoin (Select 'Wallet address' to see LTC wallet address). Copy the FBS LTC wallet address to your clipboard.

  7. In FTX: On LTC, click 'Withdraw'. Paste the FBS LTC wallet address here .

    Handy tip: Save the address using a friendly name (FBS_LTC_Wallet for example) to avoid having to copy it next time. The wallet address always remains the same.

    Complete the withdrawal. Funds should reflect in FBS after about 10 minutes (sometimes a little longer - you can check the withdrawal status by clicking 'Withdrawals' in FTX to show the withdrawal history).

    In FBS: Check the transfer status under Finances > Transaction History.

    Well done! Your account is now funded and you are ready to follow the rest of the steps in the docs...

    Bonus tip! Make sure to claim your 100% deposit bonus on FBS (click through to the account and activate the bonus each time you make a deposit).


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