Welcome to CoinMarketCap.com! This website was founded by Brandon Chez in May 2013 to provide up-to-date cryptocurrency prices, charts, and data on the emerging cryptocurrency markets. Since then, the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency has grown exponentially and we are very proud to have grown with it. We take our data very seriously and do not modify our data to fit a narrative: we stand for accurate, timely and unbiased information.
All of your crypto market data is needed in one place
Here at CoinMarketCap we work very hard to ensure that all relevant and up-to-date information on cryptocurrencies, coins and tokens can be stored in one easily recognizable location. From day one, the goal has been for the website to be the number one online location for crypto market data and we work hard to provide our users with our unbiased and accurate information.
We provide live and historical crypto charts for free
Each of our coin data pages contains a graphic that shows both current and historical price information for the coin or token. Usually the diagram starts with the start of the asset. However, it is possible to select specific dates and dates to customize the chart to suit your own needs. These diagrams and their information are free for visitors to our website.
How do we calculate our cryptocurrency prices?
We receive updated cryptocurrency prices direct from many exchanges based on their pairs. We then convert the number to USD. See a full explanation Here.
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How do we calculate our crypto ratings?
We calculate our ratings based on the total circulating supply of an asset multiplied by the currency reference price. The topic is explained in more detail Here.
How do we calculate market capitalization for cryptocurrencies?
We calculate the total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies as the sum of all the cryptocurrencies listed on the website.
Does CoinMarketCap.com list all cryptocurrencies?
No, we do not list all cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap. As a company and team, we are very much aware that not all coins and projects have good intentions. While we cannot guarantee that all coins will be excluded, we have a verification process that goes through each coin before it is listed on the website. If we suspect a coin or project is a scam, it won't be listed.
How big is the global coin market?
At the time of writing, we estimate that there are around 8,000 coins, tokens, and projects in the global coin market. As mentioned above, we have one Due diligence process that we apply new coins before they are listed. This process controls how many of the cryptocurrencies from the global market are represented on our website.
What is an altcoin?
The very first cryptocurrency was Bitcoin. Since it's open source, other users can use most of the code, make some changes, and then start their own currency. Lots of people have done just that. Some of these coins are very similar to Bitcoin, with only a feature or two changed (like Litecoin), while others are very different, with different models of security, issuance, and governance. However, they all have the same nickname – any coin issued after Bitcoin is considered an altcoin.
What is an ICO?
ICO stands for Initial Coin Offering. Many of the smaller projects in the crypto space – and some of the largest – raised money from private investors around the world in the crypto equivalent of a crowdfunding campaign. Investors sent funds – usually in the form of bitcoin – to the project and received coins or tokens in return.
Most of the ICOs took place in 2017 and early 2018 and used Ethereum as the operating platform via the ERC-20 standard. In 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) clarified its rules for collecting donations for assets, which made it very difficult for new cryptocurrency projects to issue their own tokens in this way. Since the SEC guidance came out and the organization's increased interest in regulating ICOs for US citizens, the number of ICOs has decreased significantly.
What is a stablecoin?
Price volatility has long been one of the characteristics of the cryptocurrency market. When asset prices are moving quickly in both directions and the market itself is relatively thin, it can sometimes be difficult to conduct transactions on demand. To solve this problem, a new type of cryptocurrency was created, the value of which is tied to existing currencies – from the US dollar to other fats and other cryptocurrencies. This new cryptocurrency is known as stablecoins and because of its stability it can be used for a variety of purposes.
Which cryptocurrency is best to invest in?
CoinMarketCap does not offer financial or investment advice on which cryptocurrency, token or asset is a good investment or not, nor do we offer advice on when to buy or sell. We are exclusively a data company.
Please remember that the prices, returns, and values of financial assets change. This means that every capital you invest is at risk. We recommend that you seek advice from a professional investment advisor to find out about your personal circumstances.
If you are investing in cryptocurrency – CoinMarketCap.com is for you
The data at CoinMarketCap is updated throughout the day. This means that you can check the value of your investments and assets anytime, anywhere in the world. We look forward to seeing you regularly!