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Six Cryptocurrencies Comprises 69% of Total Crypto Volume


Study conducted by Diar has indicated that a small minority of cryptocurrencies represent the vast majority of trading volume in the virtual currency markets – with only 0.37% of tradable cryptocurrencies found to have comprised 69% of the total trade volume of the entire cryptocurrency markets.

Liquidity Across Majority of Cryptocurrency Markets “Near Non-Existent”

A recent report published by Diar has found that over of half of the trading volume of more than 1,600 cryptocurrency markets was produced by the pairings of just 5 virtual currencies – BTC, XRP, ETH, BCH, and LTC. The report cites Coinmarketcap data recorded on the 19th of June, 2018.

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BTC pairings were found to comprise approximately 33% of the roughly “$12 [billion] in traded volume at press time for 19 June 2018.” ETH pairings represented 12.1% of total volume, followed by BCH with 3.01%, and XRP and LTC with 2.05% each. In addition, USDT pairings were found to comprise 17.4% of the total trade volume of the cryptocurrency markets. The combined volume of all other altcoin markets listed on Coinmarketcap.com was found to have constituted just 31% of trade volume.

The report asserts that “liquidity [is] near non-existent on [the] majority of traded tokens,” concluding that the price action of most altcoins is “pinned to the peaks and valleys of bitcoin.”

Roughly Half of All Altcoins Found to Have “Less Than $10k Trading Volume”

Diar asserts that a 33% of all cryptocurrency markets (542 tokens) generated less than $1,000 USD in 24-hour trade volume. The report also found that 49.3% of altcoin markets (802 tokens) had produced less than $10,000 in trade volume, and that 67.3% (1,097 tokens) posted less than $100,000 in trade volume.

Just 15.3% cryptocurrencies produced a trade volume of $1 million or higher, and only 6.3% of markets produced $5 million or more in 24-hour trade volume.

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