There are several differences between wire transfers (using Fedwire) and ACH transfers. Knowing the difference will help you to identify whether you are sending a wire transfer or an ACH transfer.
What are Wire Transfers?
Wire transfers are facilitated either by a bank or through a third party provider, and allow you to quickly transfer money between two parties.
Note: we can only accept wire payments originating from a bank account in your own name. It is advisable to use an individual bank account and not a joint bank account as often times they are returned automatically.
What are ACH Transfers?
ACH stands for “Automated Clearing House” which is a system created by the Federal Reserve specifically designed for regularly sending funds between accounts or sending and receiving payments.
Some banks will use ACH to send micro deposits to verify and link bank accounts. While we support ACH deposits, we currently do not support micro deposits and account linking.
Wire Transfers vs. ACH Transfers
There are a couple important factors to consider when choosing between wire transfers and ACH transfers:
|Cost to send
(what your bank charges)
($5-10 to speed it up)
(what we charge)
*This does not mean that your funds will always be credited to your Kraken account the same day. Our partners may need to perform additional due diligence which can delay the settlement of your funds.
In summary, you are not sending a wire transfer if:
- The transfer is not specified as a "same day"
- The transfer does not cost $25-$30