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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Wednesday 8:30 am: CPI

  2. Wednesday 2:00 pm: FOMC Rate Decision and Press Conference

  3. Thursday 8:30 am: PPI

Disclaimer: Nothing here is trading advice or solicitation. This is for educational purposes only.

Authors have holdings in BTC, ETH, and Lyra and may change their holdings anytime.

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Last week we saw the employment report beat upside estimates by a large margin. The strength in the jobs market sent bonds crashing lower along with precious metals, as the market prices in the Fed kept rates “higher for longer”. 

Although the US unemployment rate moved higher from 3.9% → 4.0%, the current rate of 4% is historically extremely low. 

Payroll numbers came in at +272k (vs +190k expected and +165k previous). 

Lastly, hourly wages came in at +4.1% y/y, which is most definitely above a 2% overall inflation target. Wage trends are a historically “sticky” component of inflation. 


Nonfarm payrolls change from a month earlier via Labor department

In response to the strong US employment numbers the market is now convinced this week’s FOMC rate decision will keep rates unchanged. 

Chart: CME “FedWatch” Tool 

FED watch tool target rate probability for june 12, 2024

Many in the market are now questioning if any rate cut will occur in 2024. This has helped send hard assets lower in response, a potential macro drag on crypto as well. 


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Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana

BTC: $69,688 (+2.9% / 7-day)

ETH :$3,700 (-2.1% / 7-day)

SOL :$161.28 (-0.7% / 7-day)

The relative ETH vol “fade trade” (short ETH vol) remains the theme this week. I find this bias by first analyzing the BTC leg of the relative vol play, described below.

Looking at BTC for the overall direction of the market and the associated option pricing, is a logical benchmark that should reflect all market fundaments: macro, regulatory and industry specific. 

BTC/USD via finviz

Technically speaking, BTC is looking to test the upper bound of the recent 60k-70k range and potentially make new all-time-highs. Everyone is looking at $100k BTC as the next big target price. 

Amberdata derivatives Volatility Cone for BTC / USD

Current realized volatility is being measured around 45%, if we look at the probability cone (below) we see that 45% RV would put BTC at +1 standard deviations for $100k BTC by EOY. 

Amberdata derivatives probability cone BTC

Subjectively, this seems “very fair” to me. If options were pricing +3-standard Deviations to get to $100k by EOY, I would say options were cheap and underpricing the probability of getting to $100k. 

1-standard deviation however, seems like “fair pricing” at BEST. Even, potentially expensive for option pricing, as I expect a relatively controlled “grind” higher for BTC spot.

Chart: ETH Dvol (divided by) BTC Dvol

Amberdata derivatives ETH Dvol (divided by) BTC Dvol. Ratio and Spread

Therefore if BTC is currently pricing fair/expensive option pricing, looking at the ETH/BTC DVOL ratio highlights that ETH vol is currently at 12-month highs versus BTC.

Chart: ETH ∆25/ATM Wing Ratio

Amberdata derivatives ETH ∆25/ATM Wing Ratio. Wings cheap or rich ETH

Next, if we look at the ∆25 call wing for ETH (as an ATM IV ratio), we can see the ∆25 call wing is at the upper range of the 12-month relationship… meaning the ∆25 call wing is an expensive part of the expensive ETH vol. 

Amberdata derivatives ATM vs RV Ethereum

The VRP is high on ETH, so we can’t argue that RV is justifying the ETH vol premium. 

Finally, the ETH Call overwriting flows continue. We can see large selling volume over the weekend for the $3850-Calls, this flow is knocking down the current ETH vol bid.

Amberdata derivatives top trades by unitrade ETH sell ETH June 14, 2024 3850 call

These overwriting flows previously saddled dealers with positive gamma inventory in ETH. I expect a similar profile return. 


In the long term, I like the ETH relative vol purchase argument… but in the short term, ETH IV reacted too quickly to the positive ETF approval.

Since the ETF approval, spot prices have FAILED to follow higher. Realized volatility was confined to one day. 

ETH RV is now dismal. Therefore I continue to think ETH relative vol is expensive in the short/medium terms. crypto institutional derivatives

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Crypto markets remained active, ending the week down. ETH ended the week -1.91% and oSQTH ended the week at -6.16%.

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oSQTH IV remained relatively firm this week, ending in the 70s.

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Crab saw gains ending the week +1.67% in USDC terms.

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