Nomics presents its Q1 2021 Crypto Trust Index, a survey of 1,000+ consumers that dives deep into brand awareness of cryptocurrencies, wallets & exchanges while measuring confidence in crypto trading and HODLing.[Read more…] about Nomics’ Crypto Trust Index – Q1 2021, North America
Nomics Becomes The 1st Crypto Aggregator to Identify The % of Transparent Volume for Cryptoassets
As part of Nomics’ mission to build the transparent data infrastructure for the mainstream generation of crypto, we just released transparent volume indicators for cryptoassets (like Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.).
This represents the first time an aggregator has designated a percentage of trading volume for a given cryptoasset as “transparent.”[Read more…] about Transparent Volume on Nomics.com
The crypto space is a peculiar mixture of idealists and opportunists; of true believers and rampant speculators; of HODLers and traders. What these groups have in common is the business of belief. Those low time preference folks who care about building the financial infrastructure for a new age need the speculators to provide capital to help networks grow. The speculators need the narratives, the memes, and the long-term vision of the other group to make their bets pay off.
For all their differences, these groups share a common infrastructure in the exchanges. Cryptocurrency exchanges were the first and remain the most important businesses built around crypto protocols. Their job is to make the business model of belief work. Yet they are more than just utility platforms for acquiring, selling, and gambling with crypto. Exchanges represent some of the most iconic brands in the crypto space and are led by some of the best known and most debated figures in the industry.
What it means to be a crypto exchange has changed wildly since the early days of bitcoin. In many ways, the history of crypto exchanges tells the story of the evolution of the industry as a whole. Exchanges are businesses, and opportunistic ones at that. As we watch them shift, change, and evolve, what we’re really watching is a rapid response to the changing demands of crypto markets.
That evolution is head spinning. In the early days, exchanges were simply trying to provide the most basic infrastructure necessary for buying and selling bitcoin. Today, exchanges are locked in a rapidly evolving battle for global supremacy, competing to stand out by offering ever-greater leveraged trading (or, on the other hand, greater compliance).
Which exchanges lead the global pack and why can be revealing. Take, for example, the shift from the long-tail ICO-era dominance of Binance to leveraged trading on BitMEX during the 2018 bear market. It wasn’t random chance that caused the shift from “When moon?” to a platform where one of the CEO’s favorite sayings is “Good traders swing both ways.” It was exchanges adapting to the needs of a different time.
We’ve organized this history of exchanges into a set of phases. Each of these phases tells the story of what it took to compete as an exchange at that time and what cycle the larger market was in.
We start not at Binance or Gox or even the very first exchanges like BitcoinMarket.com but back before bitcoin was even invented.[Read more…] about A History Of Crypto Exchanges: A Look At Our Industry’s Most Powerful Institutions
This post was last updated on September 16th, 2019 at 02:59 pm
“In God we trust; all others bring data.”― W. Edwards Deming
“If you have a quality dataset… I’ll consider it. But when it comes to opinions, I’m going with my own.”― Andy Grove (apocryphal)
In its short life, the cryptocurrency industry has moved from margins to mania; from something irrelevant to all but those trading illicit goods on the dark web to the hottest investment opportunity in recent history.
Today, we’re again in a phase shift in crypto, only this time, it is from diagnosis – understanding how mania seized the industry – to a new opportunity for mainstream transparency.[Read more…] about Transparency Must Be Trustless: The Nomics Manifesto
This post was last updated on August 23rd, 2019 at 04:06 pm
Note: The purpose of this article is to explain the reasoning and backstory behind our cryptocurrency exchange ratings. If you’d rather just jump to the ratings themselves, you can go to our exchange index page.[Read more…] about Nomics’ Exchange Transparency Ratings (And The Correlation Between Transparency & Fake Volume, and Toxic Activity)