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This holiday season saw much more action than anticipated in the Traditional equity space.

Equity weakness invalidated hopes for a “Santa Rally”.

On the crypto side of things, the space acted exactly as hoped.

Extremely quiet price action as BTC traded within a $500 range for nearly two weeks.

7-day RV dropped from 35% down to 16%.

BTC: $16,600 -1.38%

ETH :$1,203 -1.26%

SOL: $10.07 -10.82%

DVOL: Deribit’s volatility index

BTC - (365-days w/ spot line chart)

DVOL closed the year on annual lows.

Short-term vols. dropped down to 30pts meaning that DVOL has a lot of term structure and wing premium continuing to hold it up in the 60-handle.

Although we expect RV to pick-up with early 2023 trading, it isn’t likely enough to close the VRP gap anytime soon.


(Dec. 31st, 2022 - BTC Term Structure - Deribit)

The term structure roll-down widened significantly as short-term 7-day IV lead the way lower, reflecting the holiday season quiet.

The widest gap is found between the 30-day and 7-day IV, with about 15points of roll-down.

(7-day highlight)

Christmas Ever and NYE were the low points for the 7-day IV.


(Dec. 31st, 2022 - BTC RR SKEW (C-P) ∆25 - Deribit)

We can see the lull in volatility began to provide relief in short-term RR-Skew as BTC options began to trade “crash” risk-premium away.

7-day RR-Skew briefly hit parity around Christmas.


(Dec. 31st, 2022 - BTC IV-RV)

The VRP continues to remain persistent despite the drop in IV as RV drops even further, faster. We can see between 15-20pts of VRP in the 7-day option expirations.


The Squeethosystem Report (12/18/22 - 12/24/22)

As we head into the end of the year, most expected things to remain quiet, all except the BOJ. With the BOJ tweaking their yield curve control policy, it opens the door for some movement into the new year. ETH ended the week +1.94%, oSQTH ended the week +2.92%.


Squeeth IV found its way lower this week trading near all time lows. While vol markets have found their way lower post ETH merge, it presents unique opportunities for traders heading into 2023.


The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $2.20m. December 20th saw the highest single-day volume, with a daily total of $503.12k traded. 

Crab Strategy 

Crab strategy saw slight gains to end the week +0.62% in USD terms. 

Zen-Bull Strategy

Zen-Bull closed its first week of trading +0.13% in ETH terms.

Opyn is proud to announce Zen-Bull, stop by the Discord if you have questions!



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