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OKEx, Bit-Z, CoinBene and Other Exchanges Use Different Mechanisms to Inflate Their Trading Volumes

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    🔊😱Fraudulent exchanges can ‘add noise’ in order to make their faked trading volumes seem more authentic 👀

OKEx, Bit-Z, CoinBene and Other Exchanges Use Different Mechanisms to Inflate Their Trading Volumes
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Crypto Integrity has recently revealed the mechanics of wash trading that are employed by major cryptocurrency exchanges. OKEx, one of the leading exchanges, also appeared on the list of exchanges that disguise their real trading volumes.

Many faces of wash trading

The study singles out three main wash trading mechanisms that differ in the difficulty of implementation:

  • In-spread trades without limit orders. The exchange reports the trades that do not appear in the order book at all. This instrument is popular with fledgling exchanges since it mitigates all risks that pertain to wash trading. OKEx, Bit-Z, CoinTiger, and other exchanges were involved in this activity.    

  • In-spread trades with short-lived limit orders. The order appears in the order book for a minuscule fraction of a second, which makes it impossible for any traders to see it (unless we are talking about automated bots). Short-lived orders have been noticed on CoinBene, Bitmart, and IDAX.  

  • Trades near bid-ask caused by short-lived limit orders. In this case, traders try to disguise their malicious activities by placing orders of different sizes and with different life duration. OKEx is the only exchange to use the most sophisticated form of wash trading.          

A mundane thing

As reported by U.Today, wash trading is extremely prevalent in the cryptocurrency space. In fact, an earlier study showed that seven out of ten exchanges that occupy the top 10 spots on CoinMarketCap (CMC) report fake numbers.

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Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo

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    💪💥There is a divergence between new addresses and the BTC price, but it doesn’t mean that another bull run is coming anytime soon

Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo
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There has been a common belief that the number of active Bitcoin addresses and the asset’s price are somehow correlated. However, it turned out not to be the case after the latter continued to stagnate despite the Bitcoin user base growing significantly over the last eight weeks.

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Little impact on price

While the number of Bitcoin addresses increased by 17 percent since Jan. 20 till March 17, the Bitcoin price only experienced minuscule growth of 1 percent over the same period of time. The fact that there is a divergence between the number of addresses and the Bitcoin price doesn’t necessarily mean that another bull run is in the offing. In fact, there was steady growth in active addresses during the prolonging bear market (since 2014 till 2016), and it didn’t impact the price.

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The TAAR metric  

Transaction volume is a more reliable metric when it comes to determining the tops and bottoms of the Bitcoin market. However, in order to get the most precise correlation, one has to factor both average trading volumes and the number of active users (the TAAR metric). The TAAR tends to be a fairly accurate indicator of an upcoming bullish/bearish trend. 

The TAAR metric  

 

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