Fake Trading Share to Reach 68%, - FTX Global

This figure, however, is significantly lower than what Bitwise's report and the discrepancy is explained by the difference in methodology
04 July 2019   896

The exchange of derivatives FTX Global and Alameda Research conducted a study that estimated the volumes of fictitious transactions (wash trades), presumably prevailing in many cryptocurrency exchanges.

The report says that 68.6% of trading volumes displayed by CoinMarketCap are fake. This figure, however, is significantly lower than what Bitwise Asset Management announced in March.

The discrepancy between the results in almost 30% of the authors of the new study is explained by the difference in methodology. So, FTX Global is sure that Bitwise used an too strict approach to data analysis, which is why a significant proportion of real trading volumes fell into the category of fake ones.

While our methods are not foolproof, we believe they paint the most accurate picture of the true nature of cryptocurrency trading volume that anyone has made publicly available as of yet.
 

FTX Global Team

The Alameda methodology involves verifying the authenticity of data on trading volumes on various exchanges based on six different parameters, including manual verification of information and comparison of order books.

FTX Global Website
FTX Global Website

In particular, the experts found out that some sites provided data on the volumes of foreign exchanges for their own, with a slight delay in time. Other platforms used more advanced techniques - for example, they introduced large fake volumes only against the background of many smaller orders, thus trying to hide the true state of affairs.

The main purpose of these tactics is to raise the platform higher in the CoinMarketCap rating, creating a false impression of its liquidity. It also sometimes allows for the ability to charge a higher listing fee.

Bitfinex to Pay Tether First $100M Of $700M Debt

In late April, the NY Prosecutor General’s Office charged Bitfinex with the fact that, having suffered a loss of $ 850M, it took money from affilated Tether
03 July 2019   916

Bitfinex Cryptocurrency Exchange announced the beginning of the repayment of debt to its affiliated company Tether. As part of the process, Bitfinex transferred the first $ 100 million to Tether’s account.

In late April, the New York Prosecutor General’s Office charged Bitfinex with the fact that, having suffered a loss of $ 850 million, it concealed this fact, partially using the funds of its affiliate issuer of stablecoin Tether to cover the damage.

Later it turned out that these funds were frozen in the bank accounts of the Panamanian processing service Crypto Capital. Nevertheless, the exchange assured users that it is actively cooperating with the relevant departments to restore access to money.

In May, as part of the ongoing proceedings, it was confirmed that Bitfinex borrowed $ 700 million from Tether. Now the exchange has begun to return these funds.

Bitfinex made this payment in fiat wired to Tether’s bank account. This amount was not yet due to be paid to Tether under the facility, but Bitfinex has made the prepayment based upon its financial position at the end of the second quarter of 2019.

Also on July 1st, Bitfinex fully prepaid all interest accrued under the loan facility to Tether up to the end of day on June 30, 2019, also in fiat.
 

Bitfinex Team

At the same time, Bitfinex and Tether do not stop trying to stop the proceedings initiated against them, insisting that the authorities in New York do not have the appropriate authority or sufficient evidence against them.

According to CoinDesk, by July 8, the prosecutor's office may protest the position of the defendants. If this happens, Bitfinex and Tether will have time until July 22 to submit a response, after which the parties will have to meet again in court on July 29.