FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How are the prices calculated for the various cryptocurrencies?

Please refer to the Market Data section of the methodology for detailed information on this topic.

What is “Coin Price”, “Market Capitalization”, “Volume”, “Trust Score” ?

Coin Price refers to the current global volume-weighted average price of a cryptoasset traded on an active cryptoasset exchange as tracked by CoinCapNews.

Market Capitalization is one way to rank the relative size of a cryptocurrency. It’s calculated by multiplying the Price by the Circulating Supply.

Market Cap = Price X Circulating Supply.

Volume is the total trading volume of a cryptoasset across all active cryptoasset exchanges tracked by CoinCapNews.

Trust Score is used to measure liquidity on trading pairs and on crypto exchanges, it is expanded to also measure overall liquidity, scale of operations and API coverage.

What is the difference between “Circulating Supply”, “Total Supply”, and “Max Supply”?

Circulating Supply is the best approximation of the number of coins that are circulating in the market and in the general public’s hands.

Total Supply is the total amount of coins in existence right now (minus any coins that have been verifiably burned).

Max Supply is the best approximation of the maximum amount of coins that will ever exist in the lifetime of the cryptocurrency.

Why is the Circulating Supply used in determining the market capitalization instead of Total Supply?

We’ve found that Circulating Supply is a much better metric for determining the market capitalization. Coins that are locked, reserved, or not able to be sold on the public market are coins that can’t affect the price and thus should not be allowed to affect the market capitalization as well. The method of using the Circulating Supply is analogous to the method of using public float for determining the market capitalization of companies in traditional investing.

What is the difference between a “Coin” and a “Token” on the site?

A Coin is a cryptocurrency that can operate independently.

A Token is a cryptocurrency that depends on another cryptocurrency as a platform to operate. Check out the crypto tokens listings to view a list of tokens and their respective platforms.

What is the criteria for a cryptocurrency or exchange to be listed on CoinCapNews?

Please refer to the Listings Criteria section of the methodology for detailed information on this topic.

Why are markets with no fees excluded from the price average and total trading volume?

When no fees are being charged at the exchange, it is possible for a trader (or bot) to trade back and forth with themselves and generate a lot of “fake” volume without penalty. It’s impossible to determine how much of the volume is fake so we exclude it entirely from the calculations.

Why I no longer see the affiliate links for Exchanges on CoinCapNews?

We discontinued the Affiliate Program due to compliance reasons. Hence, the affiliate links to all the Affiliate Program participant exchanges were removed.

How do I purchase cryptocurrency?

CoinCapNews reports on the trading activities of thousands of markets but does not directly sell any cryptocurrency. Please do not accept any offers from anyone claiming to provide you with a way to deposit onto the CoinCapNews website or Mobile App.

How frequently are all the information updated?

Our bots update our data based on a variable schedule. We update our information whenever possible as scheduled below, subject to rate-limits imposed by data providers.

i) Price, trading volume, market capitalization – Updated every 1 to 15 minutes

ii) Available supply – Continually updated

iii) Developer and Social Data – updated once per day

iv) Blockchain information (Mining difficulty, total blocks, transactions per second etc) – updated every 1 hour

In what time zone is the site based?

Data is collected, recorded, and reported in UTC time unless otherwise specified.

At what time is the 24 hour % change based?

It’s based on the current time. It’s a rolling 24 hour period.

Why are you listing [random cryptocurrency]? It’s clearly a scam!

Nearly every cryptocurrency has been called a scam at some point in its lifetime. We’re not here to judge the merits of any cryptocurrency, but we provide the best tools for you to make your own conclusions. As long as it meets the listing criteria, it’s eligible to be on the site.

Why aren’t you listing [random cryptocurrency]?

While we strive to add every single cryptocurrency in the universe, it’s virtually impossible to list everything. Listing cryptocurrencies is largely a manual process that takes time and resources to ensure the accuracy of our data.

Am I allowed to use content (screenshots, data, graphs, etc.) for one of my personal projects and/or commercial use?

You may use the content for academic or journalistic use provided that you cite coincapnews.com as a source. Please refer to the Terms of Use for the website.

Why does a question mark sometimes show up for the circulating supply and market cap of a cryptocurrency?

In order to ensure accurate market cap rankings, we work closely with teams and developers to verify supply details on their respective blockchains. If a question mark shows up, it means that we have not sufficiently verified the circulating supply and resulting market cap yet.