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60% of the world’s top 100 crypto exchanges fake trading volumes, says The Tie report

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Almost 60% of the top 100 exchanges faked trading volumes 10 times higher than actual volume
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Exchanges have faced a tough time since the onset of the crypto-winter. However, as an investigation by The Tie suggests, some exchanges have taken to faking trading volumes and attracting users to their platform.

The Tie tweeted the report of their investigation, a report that concluded by stating very few exchanges did not fake trading volume, while most of the exchanges faked trading volumes. Most of the users’ go-to page for info about cryptocurrencies and exchanges was CoinMarketCap. Hence, exchanges listed on CMC faked volume to attract more users to its platform.

The Tie fetched the number of web views using Similar Web, and divided the same with the trading volume reported by these exchanges. This gave the reported volume per visit. To create a standard for comparison,  The Tie selected Binance, Coinbase Pro, Poloniex, Gemini, and Kraken, and calculated the weighted average of trading volumes, which amounted to $591, per web visit.

The obtained figure, $591, was then multiplied with web views, which gave the expected volume of the exchanges. Comparing this to the reported volume provided proof of how exchanges fake their trading volumes.

The attached report showed the same. Some of the culprits, according to The Tie’s report, included BitMAX, Lbank, BW, and ZBG. In fact, the investigation found that the expected volume was lower than 1% of these exchange’s reported volume.

The Tie stated,



“When we divided the top 100 exchanges’ expected by their reported volumes, we found that 59% of exchanges’ reported volumes were over 10 times higher than what we would have expected had they similar volume per visit to Coinbase, Binance, Kraken and others.”

The chart attached below shows the same, with the bars colored in red indicating the exchanges whose reported volume was double the expected volume. Exchanges with a better ratio of reported and expected volume were colored in green.

Source: The Tie | Twitter

Binance CEO, CZ, retweeted The Tie’s report, and commented,

“Why do exchanges fake volumes?
@CoinMarketCap is highest traffic website in our space, and biggest referrer for all exchanges. Ranked high on CMC has benefits for getting new users. BUT at the expense of DESTROYING CREDIBILITY with pro users. Many forget the later part.”





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Akash is your usual Mechie with an unusual interest in cryptos and day trading, ergo, a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Holds XRP due to peer pressure but otherwise found day trading with what little capital that he owns.

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Bitcoin [BTC] surges above $5,500 and breaks major resistance level; collective market rises

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Bitcoin [BTC] surges above $5,500 breaking major resistance level; collective market surges
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Bitcoin [BTC] broke out of its sideways trend that saw coins fall after a brilliant start to April. This “break-out” is especially significant since it came days after the coin was trading sluggishly, pulling the market cap below $175 billion.

After breaking the $5,200 level on April 16, the coin held steady, showing no noticeable dips. However, it also began losing the momentum it had gained when it rose by 15 percent on April 2. Many saw the past week as Bitcoin losing steam, opining that a drop to as low as $4,000 would manifest. This pessimism coupled with the delisting dilemma saw the global market decline by 3.31 percent over the past weekend.

Given this backdrop, the present Bitcoin price incline was even more bullish for the collective market. Further, this was not just an effort to shrug off “sideways bears,” but instead, two key levels were broken in order to usher a collective market rise and sustain BTC bullishness.

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RESISTANCE

The first, as indicated by eToro’s senior market analyst Mati Greenspan, was the resistance level of $5,350. When Bitcoin began to consolidate following the early April high, Greenspan stated that if the BTC price were to punch above the aforementioned level, it “would likely serve as confirmation that we’re pushing higher and will lead to further buying pressure.”

Greenspan stated that the $5,350 level acted as a major support level throughout 2018. Hence, it is incredibly important that Bitcoin surge above it in the next rise to consolidate buying pressure. Another important point to signal the coming of a bullish market was the 200-day moving average which Bitcoin has stayed above since the April 2 rally.

PSYCHOLOGY

The other significant level for the collective market is Bitcoin’s ascendance over $5,500, which it managed courtesy of this rally. Many, including Greenspan, pegged $5,000 as a key psychological level for the coin and hence, the rise above $5,500 less than three weeks after $5,000 was broken will bring back optimism to the BTC market.



Further, as was seen in the April 2 rise, the Bitcoin pump resulted in the king coin increasing its market dominance. At the close of March, Bitcoin was edging closer to losing the majority. However, the rally saw its share increase to 52.4 percent within a day. Following this recent 4.61 percent increase against the US Dollar, the king coin’s dominance increased to 53.2 percent.

Given the elasticity of the collective market to changes in Bitcoin’s price, the market was awash in green as Bitcoin broke the resistance and psychological levels. Amid this bullish charge, some coins stood out for their above-average gains, which included Bitcoin Cash [BCH], Cardano [ADA], EOS [EOS], Litecoin [LTC], and the exchange-ousted Bitcoin SV [BSV].





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