Ninety-five percent of spot bitcoin trading volume is faked by unregulated exchanges, according to a study from Bitwise this week.
The firm analyzed the top 81 crypto exchanges by volume on industry site CoinMarketCap.com. They report an aggregated $6 billion in average daily bitcoin volume. The study finds that only $273 million of that is legitimate.
"People looked at cryptocurrency and said this market is a mess; that's because they were looking at data that was manipulated," says Matthew Hougan, global head of research at Bitwise.