Bitcoin Surge is Legitimate, Tether is Transparent Reflection of Crypto Exchanges

The price of bitcoin closed the second quarter of 2019 at a profit of approx 189 percent. Many claimed that it was Facebook’s Libra announcement that injected a fresh wave of optimism in the bitcoin market. Others believed that the ongoing US-China trade war and its impact on the macroeconomic sentiment influenced investors to consider bitcoin as “safe-haven.” Nevertheless, there is also the third theory, which is not as picturesque as the two stated above. Decrypt reported that almost $1 billion of new Tether (USDT), a controversial stablecoin, entered the cryptocurrency…

70% of Crypto Exchanges Have Complied With CoinMarketCap’s Transparency Initiative

Crypto data provider CoinMarketCap says most listed exchanges have complied with its transparency-boosting mandatory data requests. The news marks the end of the first phase of the site’s Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA) initiative, which pushes for stricter disclosures, which include live trading and order book data. More accurate, timely and unbiased information will enable site users to draw more informed conclusions from CoinMarketCap data, the firm said in a statement. “The new and detailed criteria for listings will provide clear and concrete guidelines for everyone looking to be listed on CoinMarketCap,”…

Korean Crypto Exchanges Update Terms to Accept Liability for Hacks

A number of South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges have been forced to update their terms and conditions to accept liability for potential hacks and service issues. According to a report by the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s antitrust watchdog, the Fair Trade Commission, said Monday that five exchanges in total had made the change after it issued a corrective recommendation. Bithumb, an exchange that has been hacked twice in a year, is included in the five exchanges, the report says. Last June, the platform lost roughly $31 million in cryptocurrencies, and,…

CryptoCompare Launches Benchmark Rankings for Exchanges

Cryptocurrency data and indices provider CryptoCompare is working to make it easier to spot good, and bad, crypto exchanges. Announced Wednesday, the company has launched a benchmark ranking of over 100 active spot exchanges from across the globe, offering users a “comprehensive, granular and reliable source of information on the best trading venues.” CryptoCompare’s Exchange Benchmark was launched to address the need for reliable metrics to evaluate the large number of cryptocurrency exchanges now offering services around the world. The firm explains: “Employing both a qualitative (due diligence) and quantitative…

Mexico Is Getting Eight New Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The company Amero-Isatek announced that it will open its first physical cryptocurrency exchange station in Nuevo León, Monterrey on June 21. It will also soon expand into another seven locations across Mexico. Amero-Isatek estimates that it will server over 800,000 cryptocurrency users in Central Mexico. Users of the exchange will trade in Amero, Amero-Isatek’s own cryptoasset. The asset launches on the day of the Nuevo León opening. The firm already made headlines early this year for participating in what it called the world’s biggest cryptocurrency real estate exchange. In this…

What Will It Take to Regulate Crypto Exchanges?

Konstantinos Stylianou is an assistant professor at the University of Leeds School of Law, and a visiting scientist at the Brown University Department of Computer Science. Shortly after Bitcoin SV was delisted from Binance, CoinDesk advisor Michael Casey published an insightful op-ed discussing whether the delisting amounted to censorship (it doesn’t), whether exchanges should be held to high standards of neutrality (they should) and whether regulation is necessary to achieve this result (it is). The idea is that because major exchanges play such a crucial role in the industry (Casey…

‘Predatory’ Bots Exploiting Decentralized Crypto Exchanges: Report

Arbitrage bots are exploiting “inefficiencies” in decentralized exchanges (DEX), according to a report. Citing recent research from Cornell Tech, Homeland Security News Wire said on Monday that such cryptocurrency platforms are being used by “predatory users” to profit from everyday trades, “siphoning millions or possibly billions of dollars a year in cryptocurrency.” In some cases, high fees are paid to prioritize certain transactions, posing a security threat to entire blockchains, the piece said. According to the article: “Like high-frequency traders on Wall Street, these bots exploit inefficiencies in DEXes, paying high transaction…

Following Expansions, Japanese Regulator Investigates Local Crypto Exchanges

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is looking into two major cryptocurrency exchange platforms as part of an investigation. According to a report published by Reuters Japan on April 23, 2019, the investigation by the financial watchdog is connected to the legal compliance and customer protection standards of trading platforms Fisco Digital Asset Group (FDAG) and Huobi Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of Huobi Global. FDAG recently acquired the crypto exchange Zaif, which was hacked last year, from Tech Bureau for $44.7 million. Huobi Global, meanwhile, expanded into Japan through the acquisition…

Crypto Exchanges Huobi and Fisco Investigated by Japan Watchdog: Report

Cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi Japan and Fisco are said to have been investigated by the country’s financial watchdog last week. A Reuters report on Tuesday, citing “two sources familiar with the matter” said that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) visited the two exchanges to assess their customer protection and anti-money laundering (AML) provisions. Japanese exchanges run by the two firms have recently seen big changes at the management level, and the FSA investigation was aimed to ensure whether adequate compliance measures are in place under the new regimes, according to the sources.…

Fake Volume on Crypto Exchanges Isn’t the Half of It

Daniel Cawrey is CEO of Pactum Capital, a cryptocurrency investment firm focused on market making and liquidity. Formerly a CoinDesk Contributing Editor, he is author of the upcoming “Mastering Blockchain” book to be published by O’Reilly Media. Recently, a report was produced by Bitwise Asset Management showing the existence of faked volumes in the bitcoin market – 95% of total volume according to its research. It’s hard to disagree with many of the facts in the report. Yet there are some items left out in this presentation to the SEC.…