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August 28, 2018, 01:34:43 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/
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August 28, 2018, 02:32:51 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

I think if it was the case, the impact of price is overrated. I remember there was a big conspiracy of chinese volumes being mostly faked and basically coming from exchanges transacting back and forth.

Once the chinese government (PBOC) started clamping down on them and banning a bunch of exchanges, people were calling (once again) a doomsday scenario where we wouldn't recover from.

And so the volume went down, and we all know what happened to the price (look at the charts around when these news were released).

So bottomline is: I wouldn't worry too much. There is enough demand for Bitcoin with or without fake volume and the supply is limited, simple math.
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August 28, 2018, 02:38:06 PM
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I think if it was the case, the impact of price is overrated. I remember there was a big conspiracy of chinese volumes being mostly faked and basically coming from exchanges transacting back and forth.

Once the chinese government (PBOC) started clamping down on them and banning a bunch of exchanges, people were calling (once again) a doomsday scenario where we wouldn't recover from.

And so the volume went down, and we all know what happened to the price (look at the charts around when these news were released).

So bottomline is: I wouldn't worry too much. There is enough demand for Bitcoin with or without fake volume and the supply is limited, simple math.
I agree, the volumes are high anyway and the demand for bitcoin will always be high.

On the other hand, It's sad to see that people are faking volumes to drive demand...
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August 28, 2018, 03:03:56 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

Everything in this world is being manipulated by some powerful people out there. So, the crypto market is not all different from it and it is more prone to manipulation since it is decentralized.
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August 28, 2018, 03:16:38 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

Everything in this world is being manipulated by some powerful people out there. So, the crypto market is not all different from it and it is more prone to manipulation since it is decentralized.
Supposed to say the same thing but by the way this is short and direct to the point insight.

Anything is manipulated and cryptomarket isn't really exempted on such thing.We have seen forex and stocks do have those price manipulations to drive up a trend and theres no different also into this market.
Get used to it yet these exchangers can possibly manipulate prices.If you can able to spot out then get out if not then try to utilize it- if you are just a trader but if you are just an observer then this thing wont really be a big deal.


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August 28, 2018, 03:23:31 PM
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I think if it was the case, the impact of price is overrated. I remember there was a big conspiracy of chinese volumes being mostly faked and basically coming from exchanges transacting back and forth.

Once the chinese government (PBOC) started clamping down on them and banning a bunch of exchanges, people were calling (once again) a doomsday scenario where we wouldn't recover from.

And so the volume went down, and we all know what happened to the price (look at the charts around when these news were released).

So bottomline is: I wouldn't worry too much. There is enough demand for Bitcoin with or without fake volume and the supply is limited, simple math.
I agree, the volumes are high anyway and the demand for bitcoin will always be high.

On the other hand, It's sad to see that people are faking volumes to drive demand...
I think the market has been manipulated for a long time, and some people might just realize it.
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August 28, 2018, 03:35:04 PM
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There is manipulation with wash trading but I don't think that is very big as to manipulate numbers regarding general market. Lots of things are scary in this market  Smiley
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August 28, 2018, 03:47:30 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

Everything in this world is being manipulated by some powerful people out there. So, the crypto market is not all different from it and it is more prone to manipulation since it is decentralized.

And so decentralize is a two edge sword. But I do believe what the above users said, there is just so much demand for BTC that it doesn't matter whether the manipulation of those exchanges are true.  If the market has been manipulated for a long time, I guess they are also responsible for making us all richer. I say thanks to that. There must be a fight over who manipulates better among those who wants to.
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What a surprise..../s

But looking at the bottom of the page, we see exchanges with a few million in trade and approximate real trade in hundreds of $.  Grin Grin
I'm willing to bet that even the result showing 30% of the current volume being real is too good to be true, I would think it's way below 10%.

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August 28, 2018, 09:02:05 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

I don't think this brings up too much concern. If you look at the list, most of the US based (and all of the major US based) exchanges appear not to be overstating their trading at all according to this. I highly doubt that any amount of fraud by the Chinese exchanges could inflate the price to the point where they are bringing up the rest of the world. Everyone knows not to trust China to begin with, and when you add crypto on top of a general culture of fraud and theft, you have even less reason to trust any of the Chinese exchanges. But boy, look at the suspected over-statements:

  • Huobi: 12.5x inflated
  • Okex: 19.2x inflated
  • HitBTC: 5.3x inflated
  • Upbit: 11.0x inflated
  • Bitbay: 3.1x inflated
  • Coinex: 68.6x inflated

If I had an account with any of these, I'd immediately close it and withdraw all coins. They cannot be trusted at all. But ultimately, I wouldn't be concerned that fraud by these exchanges could tank the whole system. There's enough other major exchanges operating trustfully to conclude that there is a baseline demand for crypto that is sufficiently robust to prevent too much of a collapse.

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August 28, 2018, 09:47:39 PM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

The report actually comes with something to ponder about really because it initially provided an overview of what the methodology that is used compared to the current one how its believed to be the right one to bring about transparency to the market. It is not out of place for exchange sites to have be involved in some form of mop up in other to show some view that is different from the actual happenings, to me, its not a determining factor to conclude that the entire market is being manipulated and to give one a need for concern for the following reasons

1. The report only focus on a means of data gathering believed to be truly transparent, but this model has not been generally accepted anywhere to be the right way to go about this. Which means if another research is carried out tomorrow using another methodology, it renders this one useless.

2. I didn't read from the report that a response is solicited from exchange sites accused to be involved in the alleged shady behaviour to hear their own side of the story before going out publishing what its felt to be right which could be as a result of not getting the right information.

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August 29, 2018, 12:57:45 AM
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unless you think it is the exchange itself making the orders and increasing the volume, the Wash Trading is real trading. there are real people buying real coins with real money and paying real fees for each trade.

i think in the end the real question is: does it matter?
in stocks market or even in altcoin market where there are different choices you may look at the volume as an indicator. for instance you may go to a stock that has a higher volume that day. but when it comes to Bitcoin, people don't choose it because it had high volume!

among bitcoin exchanges like the Chinese ones which were reporting ridiculously high volumes it was done for competition so that you choose exchange 1 over exchange 2.

coinmarketcap says trading volume was $4.5 billion. lets say half of it is Wash Trading volume! do you think it would matter if volume was $2.25 billion? you think people would stop investing in bitcoin just because the volume is lower and would invest a lot more because the volume is higher? i don't think so.

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August 29, 2018, 01:07:06 AM
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August 29, 2018, 06:40:52 AM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

What do you mean by "stable and mature"?
What are the factors that make a market stable and mature?There's no such thing as a stable market.The markets are always unstable,that's how traders make their profit.I'm pretty sure that a big percentage of the crypto trading is run by trading bots and there's nothing wrong with that.The are rumors about market manipulation and fake trading volumes since the creating of cryptocurrency exchange platforms.
I don't think that anyone can do anything to stop them from manipulating the crypto prices.




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August 29, 2018, 08:01:36 AM
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I think the market has been manipulated for a long time, and some people might just realize it.
Yeah, that's probably true. I think we're just ignoring it.

We now know that Bitcoin's price was manipulated using USDT at the end of last year (read about it here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-13/professor-who-rang-vix-alarm-says-tether-used-to-boost-bitcoin) but exchanges also faking the volumes... That's just sad.
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August 29, 2018, 08:16:44 AM
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And so decentralize is a two edge sword.

This isn't really a decentralization issue because most of these trades happen off-chain. It's a regulation issue, and even then, regulated markets also suffer from manipulation.

What do you mean by "stable and mature"?

I can't speak for him, but he probably meant the $6000 resistance is a byproduct of artificial trading and manipulation, meaning Bitcoin's price should be lower than it currently is. I don't think it really matters in the end (though I'd still want to stop it) but I could see how it could concern traders.

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August 29, 2018, 08:25:26 AM
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Hey guys, so i've read a new report on how much of the exchanges volumes are just wash trading and the numbers are way too high for what real users do>.

This is pretty concerning, since the market might not be nearly as stable and mature as we think, it might all be manipulated.
What do you think of the current state of big exchanges and price manipulations that we experience?

my source: https://www.blockchaintransparency.org/reports/

Everything in this world is being manipulated by some powerful people out there. So, the crypto market is not all different from it and it is more prone to manipulation since it is decentralized.

And so decentralize is a two edge sword. But I do believe what the above users said, there is just so much demand for BTC that it doesn't matter whether the manipulation of those exchanges are true.  If the market has been manipulated for a long time, I guess they are also responsible for making us all richer. I say thanks to that. There must be a fight over who manipulates better among those who wants to.

that is true, being decentralize is more of a dual blade for every user, either you earn when they earn and loose when they loose, what matter is how much you can afford to, it depends on how much we invested, it is a one time punch for the big holders, it is either they hodl the sell big, while small time users never hodl but panic sell instead, while the demand is high but the supplies are low, if being manipulated, we have to take advantage of it. one punch for us, 10x for them, make sense.

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August 29, 2018, 10:11:47 PM
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unless you think it is the exchange itself making the orders and increasing the volume, the Wash Trading is real trading. there are real people buying real coins with real money and paying real fees for each trade.

i think in the end the real question is: does it matter?
in stocks market or even in altcoin market where there are different choices you may look at the volume as an indicator. for instance you may go to a stock that has a higher volume that day. but when it comes to Bitcoin, people don't choose it because it had high volume!

among bitcoin exchanges like the Chinese ones which were reporting ridiculously high volumes it was done for competition so that you choose exchange 1 over exchange 2.

coinmarketcap says trading volume was $4.5 billion. lets say half of it is Wash Trading volume! do you think it would matter if volume was $2.25 billion? you think people would stop investing in bitcoin just because the volume is lower and would invest a lot more because the volume is higher? i don't think so.

The conclusion is ultimately wrong. Trading volume is a significant data point when considering price movements. Higher volume gives the appearance of more consensus and legitimacy that the price is sustainable. That's why wash trading is potentially an important issue, because if some of the data is faked or isn't reliable, it undermines confidence in the systems.

If a stock goes up in value from $5 to $10 dollars in a single day, that's a huge gain; 100%.  If the average daily trading volume is 100,000 shares and it goes up 100% on a trade volume of 25,000 shares, this is a potentially important data point telling us the price is not widely accepted by the market to be indicative of true value. It could be one trader who is out of his mind or will ultimately be proven to have greatly overpaid for his shares. However, if the price goes up 100% on daily trading volume of 500,000 shares, we now have a 5x increase in average trading volume, which tells us that the number of people who are consensus over the new valuation is significantly higher and the price increase is more likely to hold. In investing, market consensus is pretty important, since the wisdom of the crowd often prevails and the odds that everyone is wrong diminishes compared to one guy.

This is why trading volumes matter. The fraudulent trading volumes by the Chinese exchanges are meant to give the appearance of more consensus and to trick investors into trading more so they can earn more in fees. They are obscuring the risks of investing by hiding what may be far more shallow markets that would keep risk-averse investors away. It is not defensible in any way, and not a small deal.

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August 30, 2018, 02:25:56 PM
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unless you think it is the exchange itself making the orders and increasing the volume, the Wash Trading is real trading. there are real people buying real coins with real money and paying real fees for each trade.

i think in the end the real question is: does it matter?
in stocks market or even in altcoin market where there are different choices you may look at the volume as an indicator. for instance you may go to a stock that has a higher volume that day. but when it comes to Bitcoin, people don't choose it because it had high volume!

among bitcoin exchanges like the Chinese ones which were reporting ridiculously high volumes it was done for competition so that you choose exchange 1 over exchange 2.

coinmarketcap says trading volume was $4.5 billion. lets say half of it is Wash Trading volume! do you think it would matter if volume was $2.25 billion? you think people would stop investing in bitcoin just because the volume is lower and would invest a lot more because the volume is higher? i don't think so.

The conclusion is ultimately wrong. Trading volume is a significant data point when considering price movements. Higher volume gives the appearance of more consensus and legitimacy that the price is sustainable. That's why wash trading is potentially an important issue, because if some of the data is faked or isn't reliable, it undermines confidence in the systems.

If a stock goes up in value from $5 to $10 dollars in a single day, that's a huge gain; 100%.  If the average daily trading volume is 100,000 shares and it goes up 100% on a trade volume of 25,000 shares, this is a potentially important data point telling us the price is not widely accepted by the market to be indicative of true value. It could be one trader who is out of his mind or will ultimately be proven to have greatly overpaid for his shares. However, if the price goes up 100% on daily trading volume of 500,000 shares, we now have a 5x increase in average trading volume, which tells us that the number of people who are consensus over the new valuation is significantly higher and the price increase is more likely to hold. In investing, market consensus is pretty important, since the wisdom of the crowd often prevails and the odds that everyone is wrong diminishes compared to one guy.

This is why trading volumes matter. The fraudulent trading volumes by the Chinese exchanges are meant to give the appearance of more consensus and to trick investors into trading more so they can earn more in fees. They are obscuring the risks of investing by hiding what may be far more shallow markets that would keep risk-averse investors away. It is not defensible in any way, and not a small deal.

but how much of the trading volume do you think is fake/wash trading?
for example from $2.25 billion is it a small percentage like 1% ($0.02 billion) or it is a large percentage like 60% of it? i'd say it is not big enough to become a concern.

as for Chinese exchanges they were offering 0 fee trading which automatically increases the volume, it doesn't have to be fake. for example you could buy at 5000 CNY and sell at 5001 CNY and make profit but with fee in normal exchanges you should have sold at 5021 CNY and that reduces the number of trades and volume drastically. you still can't call it fake though.

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unless you think it is the exchange itself making the orders and increasing the volume, the Wash Trading is real trading. there are real people buying real coins with real money and paying real fees for each trade.

i think in the end the real question is: does it matter?
As a matter of fact, it does. I remember this epizode of Silicon Valley, where the team's application wasn't used much, but one character payed people in Bangladesh to simulate usage by making minimum of actions on multiple accounts. Wrong trading volumes deceive people, who then make their own decisions on how much to trade. Incorrect impression about the market might lead to huge disappointments in the future. Moreover, some exchanges are pushing forwards in the charts by providing fake data. What's good, though, is that IMO the suspected exchanges are not the top ones, even though the lists might say otherwise. LBank, ZB, Bibox.. I've never even heard of this ones.

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