CoinMarketCap Excludes Korean Exchanges From Its Data, Shows Crypto Prices Falling Significantly

Updated on Jan 9, 2018 at 7:50 am UTC by Bhushan Akolkar · 2 min read
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Photo: Antonio Pacheco / Flickr

Data changes made by CoinMarketCap shows tumbling cryptocurrency market and causes an uproar in the crypto community.

One of the go-to sources and platforms for monitoring cryptocurrency prices – CoinMarketCap – has caused a bit of uproar in the crypto market after it decided to exclude South Korean exchanges from its data of price average calculations. Yesterday, the cryptocurrency index took to its Twitter platform to announce that it has excluded three Korean exchanges – Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit from their averages “due to the extreme divergence in prices from the rest of the world and limited arbitrage opportunity.”

Yesterday, the home page of CoinMarketCap suggested a huge decline in it the cryptocurrency market where the overall valuations plunged by nearly 10% while the price of Ripple, which has been the most talked-after cryptocurrency in last two weeks, declined by nearly 30%.

Another cryptocurrency that was seen correcting significantly was Bitcoin derivative – Bitcoin Cash. Knowing the fact that the Korean exchanges have been major contributors, in terms of trading volumes, to the price moves in Bitcoin Cash, the correction seen was imminent.

The exact reason for pulling off the data has not been revealed by CoinMarketCap, and currently, at the press time the Bithumb website is showing the message that “The server is currently being checked.” Moreover, due to huge trading volumes being contributed by South Korean investors, its local exchanges have shown prices at a premium rate which is much higher than that shown by markets like GDAX and Bitfinex.

Ripple chief cryptographer David Schwartz appreciated this move by CoinMarketcap saying that the newly reflected price shows a “more accurate and meaningful” data.

However, this sudden change in data by CoinMarketCap was not received well by the crypto community. Several comments on the popular social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit shows that many cryptocurrency enthusiasts are quite disappointed by the lack of any formal announcement before making this data change. Many traders say that they reacted to the change in the data which resulted in further decline in the prices which was perceived to be a heavily falling market.

The effect of the change in the prices of CoinMarketCap was reflected on other data website which showed a similar decline. As a result, a lot of investors were left totally confused as to in which direction the market was moving.

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Bhushan Akolkar
Author: Bhushan Akolkar

Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

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