According to a new report from research firm Diar, cryptocurrency exchanges are closing out 2018 with “record transacting volumes.”
The report, which was published on January 14th, noted that the number of trades and the trade volume were much higher in 2018 than in 2017.
Among the strongest examples cited of this cited by the report were the combined trade volume of several major exchanges: saw a 21 percent increase year-over-year from 2017 to 2018; ’ combined trade volume increased 50 percent over the same period; ’s combined trade volume increased a whopping 192 percent.
Notably, Coinbase also saw a 14.1 percent increase in the number of trades executed on its platform, from 82.7 million in 2017 to 94.4 million in 2018.
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However, the report predicted that the upward trend won’t continue.
Diar predicts that 2019 will bring even lower numbers than 2017 for spot markets in spite of the fact that cryptocurrency trading options and platforms will likely be more ubiquitous than ever before.
Additionally, the report predicts that . According to Diar, BTC miner revenues were over $5.8 billion in 2018, with $1.2 billion in earnings in January alone.
By December, however, monthly earnings had shrunk to just $210 million.
Diar Reports that Mining on the Bitcoin Network is Far Less Decentralized
Throughout this decline in revenue, Diar reports that there was also a major reorganization of “hash power”, or the computational power used in the process of mining.
In January of last year, Bitmain and its mining pools along with the ViaBTC mining pool (which Bitmain had holdings in) of the hash power on the BTC network.
Now, these companies control just 39 percent of Bitcoin’s hash power. That missing 14 percent has been reportedly been redistributed across a number of smaller mining pools–a factor that actually makes the Bitcoin network far more decentralized, and thus more secure as a whole.
Indeed, “unknown miners closed December having solved a whopping 22 percent of the total blocks up from 6 percent at the start of last year,” the report read.
“The Bitcoin network is currently less likely to experience an attack given the fact the BTC.com controlled pools have lost dominance over the network.”
Among Other Trends, Diar Tracked the Fall of the ICO Market Throughout 2018
Diar has researched and tracked a number of other important shifts in the cryptocurrency markets throughout 2018. In December, Finance Magnates reported that Diar found a 97.5 percent in ICO revenue throughout 2018.
Previously, in October, Diar reported that than when their ICOs were completed.
“And with tokens having no equity representation, markets have shrugged off cash-on-hand as part of an enterprise valuation,” the report said. At the time, TokenData founder Ricky Tan told Diar that recovery was unlikely anytime soon.