๐Ÿ’ฑ A Brief Guide to Token Swaps

๐Ÿ’ฑ A Brief Guide to Token Swaps

In previous blog articles, weโ€™ve covered a broad view of cryptocurrency, decentralized finance (DeFi) and how to choose between centralized and decentralized exchanges (CEX v DEX).

๐Ÿ‘€ In this article, weโ€™ll take a closer look at crypto or token swaps, define what they are, how they work, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as a brief look at the analysis platform DEXTools. Here is our brief guide to get you on a clearer path to understanding.


๐Ÿ‘‰ A decentralized exchange (DEX) is a type of cryptocurrency exchange that operates on decentralized principles, leveraging blockchain technology. Unlike traditional centralized exchanges, DEXs eliminate the need for intermediaries and central authorities, allowing users to trade directly with each other. Essentially, these apps and sites are token swapping platforms.

Examples of decentralized exchanges include: 0x Protocol, PancakeSwap, UniSwap, SushiSwap, Curve & Venus.


๐Ÿ’ซ A token swap, or crypto swap, ย involves the exchange of token types between two parties, from one blockchain to another. They can be done on DEXs and token swapping platforms.

A direct token swap or trade is suitable for many investors. It involves trading two or more tokens through a swapping service.

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ WHY TOKEN SWAPS?

Similar to trading stocks and bonds, investors can swap tokens for potential profit๐Ÿ’ฐ. Swapping allows them to adapt to changing market conditions๐Ÿ“‰ and take advantage of attractive terms and benefits๐Ÿ“ˆ.

๐Ÿค‘Token swap platforms have simplified the exchange process, providing investors with more opportunities and benefits. Swapping tokens can save on fees and enable instantaneous transactions, making it advantageous for day-traders and those seeking efficiency.


โœ”๏ธ Provides cost-effective, effortless, and secure transactions

โœ”๏ธ Ability to trade on both custodial and non-custodial exchanges

โœ”๏ธ Enhanced data integrity via blockchain recording
โœ”๏ธ Highly cost-effective due to the smart contract feature

โœ”๏ธ Potential for accessing attractive terms and benefits based on goals

โŒ Limited to crypto-to-crypto trading, not fiat-to-crypto

โŒ Market liquidity challenges in some cases

โŒ Potential risks associated with using unfamiliar or less secure platforms

โŒ Dependency on blockchain network congestion and gas fees
โŒ No governing authority to oversee swap transaction

โŒ Complex for users unfamiliar with the token swapping process


Trading cryptos directly can easily be done on crypto wallets such as MetaMask. The process is fairly simple and straightforward.

Step 1 โ€“ On the main MetaMask interface, click on the button marked โ€œSwapโ€.

Step 2 โ€“ The main Swap screen will pop up. Choose the token that you have, that you're willing to โ€œspendโ€, using the โ€œSwap fromโ€ drop-down menu at the top.

Step 3 โ€“ Further down, choose the token you're interested in acquiring using the second โ€œSwap toโ€ drop-down menu.

Adjust the amount of the first token up or down until you're comfortable with the amount you're spending, and the amount you're acquiring.

Toggling the Advanced options allows you to adjust the slippage tolerance and smart transaction feature.

Step 4 โ€“ At the bottom of the screen, click the "Get quotes" button.

MetaMask swaps will search for the best price. Once the DeFi number-crunching is done, you get the quote screen.

Metamask will give you the most up-to-date price and availability for your swap.

Step 5 โ€“ Once you are ready to proceed and execute your swap, smash the Swap swiper across your screen.

You should see your new tokens in your MetaMask wallet soon after.


DEXTools is a decentralized exchange data and analysis tools platform for traders. It offers comprehensive information on token pairs across various blockchains and DeFi protocols.

Traders can stay informed about new token pairs, track known pair/token activity, and access insights such as top gainers or losers. Community managers can also monitor DeFi protocols and relevant tokens through the 'recently updated' tabs. The site covers many different small altcoins in its listings.


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The information provided on this website does not constitute investment advice, financial advice, trading advice, or any other sort of advice and you should not treat any of the website's content as such. Bloom does not recommend that any cryptocurrency or NFTs should be bought, sold, or held by you. Do conduct your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

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