Binance Tops Blockchain Transparency Institute Exchange Rankings

The Blockchain Transparency Institute has published its November 2018 Exchange Rankings Reportwith Binance topping the list. Honorable mentions also went to Bitstamp, Coinbase, and Kraken FX for most improvement since the Initial Report in August.

Wash Trading

The report followed uncertainty over the data used by CoinMarketCap

in their exchange ranking methodology. BTI developed a new system, drawing on different metrics, to provide a more accurate representation of true exchange volumes.

The initial report in August 2018 discovered excessive wash trading at 7 of the top 10 exchanges on CMC. Many of the exchanges were receiving 80-90% of web traffic through CMC referrals. This led to exchanges requesting listing fees up to 60 BTC.

Exchanges preyed on low market cap coins, looking for the legitimacy of a major exchange listing. They would supply a large number of tokens, with which the exchange inflated their volume numbers. With this they hoped to lure traders from other exchanges, which reported accurate but lower volumes.

Increased Transparency

In the two months since the initial report, BTI has consistently tweaked its methodology, to ensure the most accurate results. It has formed transparency partnerships and gained information from exchanges and token issuers, which is unavailable elsewhere.

It added mobile app and API trading data, aggregated from multiple analytics sites, along with exchange reporting. BTI adjusted Chinese-based exchange data, and reset limits for average daily trades per user, based on the new metrics.


Mobile app usage was greatest on Korea-based exchanges, where it could be up to three times their web traffic. In less mobile-obsessed nations, the figure could come as low as 50% of the web traffic.

API trading accounted for between 20-35% of volume across the majority of exchanges, rising sharply for those operating a transaction mining structure. Transaction mining rewards traders with native tokens for making trades. This provides a financial incentive for bots to wash trade.

Transaction mining exchanges posted API figures of over 70%, and any posting over 80% were considered at high risk of wash trading. These were separated out into a Trading Advisory List, published alongside the Exchange Ranking Report.

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