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CoinMarketCap’s decision to exclude Korean markets caused the cryptocurrency markets to druppel. Photo: David McBee/Pexels
CoinMarketCap, a popular source for gegevens regarding cryptocurrency markets, caused controversy Monday when it announced that it would be excluding South Korean exchanges from its price media calculations.
The originally unannounced and unexplained decision—which liquidated gegevens from Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit from the CoinMarketCap average—caused significant movement te the markets spil it suggested cryptocurrencies were experiencing a near-universal decline.
CoinMarketCap made the switch early Monday morning. Spil a result, the market capitalization—a measure of the amount of Fiat money such invested into a cryptocurrency—for a number of digital tokens shrank without warning.
The perceived value of cryptocurrencies shifted significantly and led to some panicked responses from those worried about the unexpected switch. “[CoinMarketCap] has always done whatever they like and never inform the public of major webpagina switches,” one user said on the Cryptocurrency community on Reddit. “They can eat shit.”
“Thanks for sending millions of people into a futile vensterluik scare,” another user wrote .
A number of users within the community pointed out that the switch te price and market cap spil reflected by CoinMarketCap likely drove to activity those with automated systems set up to buy or sell at certain price markers, resulting te extra fluctuations spil human traders responded to the unexpected activity.
CoinMarketCap did eventually publicly disclose around 1:00 p.m. ET—nearly 12 hours after the switch appeared to take place—why it determined to exclude Korean markets from its calculations.
“This morning wij excluded some Korean exchanges ter price calculations due to the extreme divergence te prices from the surplus of the world and limited arbitrage chance,” CoinMarketCap explained te a tweet. “We are working on better implements to provide users with the averages that are most relevant to them.”
While the originally unannounced decision caused some fright within the cryptocurrency community, there are slew of people who believe the switch is for the best te the long term despite the short-term shifts.
David Schwartz, the chief cryptographer for Ripple, tweeted ter support of the budge stating Korean markets “are outliers due to a shortage of cryptos te Korea,” and said the fresh prices on CoinMarketCap are “more accurate and meaningful.”
Were anyone to have reason to complain about the switch made by CoinMarketCap, it would be Ripple. The cryptocurrency appeared to take the largest klapper from the exclusion of Korean markets te the calculations. The coin experienced a 30 procent druppel ter value and lost $20 billion of its market cap te an instant.
A number of users ter the Reddit community for Cryptocurrency agreed with Schwartz’ assessment, with several suggesting that the Korean markets inflated the value of cryptocurrencies and led to misleading market caps and prices.