I have heard many claims that transaction volumes can be “faked” for cryptocurrencies, but I am skeptical about how this is possible. I want someone to walk me through the math describing what you need to believe in order to make money by boosting transaction volumes.
1] First, assume a constant velocity of money but a positive transaction cost
t is relatively high. Is it possible to make money as a market manipulator? What would these profits be? Is there a point where
t prevents you from making money as a manipulator?
2] Second, assume it is possible that coin velocity declines because momentum-driven speculators enter on news that prices rose due to “fake” transaction volumes from the market manipulator. What is the required velocity change as a function of the transaction cost
I am not sure whether I understand the math here, but I suspect that coin manipulation is possible. However, there is a point where
t exceeds the possible change in coin velocity, which creates a limit to market manipulation.