Cryptocurrency data and indices provider CryptoCompare is working to make it easier to spot good, and bad, crypto exchanges.
Announced Wednesday, the company has launched a benchmark ranking of over 100 active spot exchanges from across the globe, offering users a “comprehensive, granular and reliable source of information on the best trading venues.”
CryptoCompare’s Exchange Benchmark was launched to address the need for reliable metrics to evaluate the large number of cryptocurrency exchanges now offering services around the world.
The firm explains:
“Employing both a qualitative (due diligence) and quantitative (market quality based on order book and trade data) approach, the product does not hinge on aggregate volume data but, rather, uses correlation-of-volume-to-volatility and standard-deviation-of-volume as inputs to CryptoCompare’s 30+ metrics. This is due to existing issues with volume manipulation, wash trading and trading incentives.”
The first analysis, based on exchange data for the period May 1–31, suggests the most trusted three exchanges are Coinbase, Poloniex and Bitstamp in descending order of ranking. BitFlyer, Liquid, itBit, Kraken, Binance, Gemini and Bithumb complete the top 10, again in descending order.
Under the benchmark system, exchanges are graded from high to low – through AA, A, B, C, D, E, F – based on their total cumulative score relative to the pool of exchanges included in the rankings.
The ranking components include: geography, legal and regulatory, investment, team and company, data provision, trade surveillance and market quality. The firm’s analysis is based on public information, and its methodology has been explained in a report.
CryptoCompare cites research indicating that many exchanges are wash trading and using incentivised trading schemes to inflate volumes.