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Coinbase Announces Three Data-Based Trading Signals for Users

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American cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase announced that it has released aggregated data in the form of three trading signals to its customers. Coinbase announced the new offerings in an official blog post on July 17.

The three indicators, which are available free to all Coinbase users, reflect information such as the percentage of buyers and sellers among the top 10% holders of a certain crypto asset within 24 hours, the median number of days a trader holds an asset, the ranking of each crypto asset by number of holders, and price correlation between different cryptocurrencies. The goal here, according to a Coinbase spokesperson, is to help individual investors better capture market trends and attract more users to the exchange. 

“We want trading signals to help first-time investors build the right portfolio to suit their investment goals,” a Coinbase spokesperson told The Block. “Similar to traditional market sentiment indicators, this information is intended to provide more context for customers rather than impact the broader market.” 

Although Coinbase may have the best intentions in helping retail traders make informed investment decisions, a market observer told The Block that revealing trading activities of top crypto holders might discourage these investors from using Coinbase to avoid exposing their positions. Besides, the market observer also pointed out that most day traders will not likely adopt these trading signals but rather, “still largely make trades based off of pure technical indicators.”

In terms of performance,  an analysis by Coinbase reveals that a bitcoin buy-in strategy based on the top holder activity signal would outperform a strategy that buys a fixed amount of crypto regularly by around 30% in the 2o17 bull run.

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According to the announcement, these new insights are “the first of their kind in crypto.”