CoinMarketCap Removes South Korea Exchanges, Ripple Market Cap Drops $20 Billion
Highly popular cryptocurrency price tracker CoinMarketCap removed several South Korean exchanges from its listings on Jan. 8, causing a dip in the overall market that particularly affected altcoin Ripple (XRP).
The exchanges remove include Bithumb, the worldâs second largest exchange in terms of trading volume, along with Coinone and Korbit.
CoinMarketCap, which uses data from multiple major global exchanges to produce averaged prices for cryptocurrencies, tweeted Monday about their decision to remove the exchang es, saying that it was due to âthe extreme divergence in prices from the rest of the world and limited arbitrage opportunity.â
The Ripple Effect
CoinMarketCapâs decision was followed by a dramatic reverse in Rippleâs record-breaking uptrend. The day CoinMarketCap removed the South Korean exchanges, Ripple saw an immediate loss of over $20 bln in market capitalization, and an almost 30 percent price drop Jan. 8. The altcoin was overtaken by Ethereum (ETH) as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap.
Ripple in particular is traded on South Korean exchanges at very high volumes, a fact which reportedly helped bring Ripple to second place on the crypto market just last week.
Prices on South Korean exchanges are also over a dollar higher than on most other exchanges globally, which is part of what prompted CoinMarketCap to exclude them.
Rumors that Coinbase would add the altcoin, followed by confirmation on Jan. 4 that it would not, caused a peak and drop in Rippleâs price in the first few days of January. However the price drop after CoinMarketCapâs Jan. 8 decision had a more immediate and drastic effect, with an over 16 percent drop in the space of 6 minutes.
As a result of the move, XRP is currently trailing by some $0.60 on CoinMarketCap versus similar services such as Live Coin Watch, which still includes the major Korean exchanges.
Users on Twitter complained that CoinMarketCapâs failure to promptly alert users about their decision caused panic selling that in turn aggravated the market drop.
On Jan. 7 local media in South Korea reported that authorities will inspect six of the countryâs major banks t o probe for money laundering via cryptocurrency.
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