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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Monday - None scheduled, President's Day holiday

  2. Wednesday 2pm - Minutes for Jan Fed FOMC

  3. Thursday 8:30am - Fed governors speak throughout day

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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Macro Recap:

Last week we saw major surprises in terms of the CPI and PPI numbers. Both coming in above expectations and sending rates higher. 

Chart: (Bond Futures ThinkorSwim)

Bond Futures ThinkorSwim ZB 20 day 1 hour

The stock market recovered nicely but VIX reacted strongly by quickly moving higher on the back of the CPI number. VVIX as well was caught off-guard as the people scrambled to buy VIX future options, sending VVIX higher.

Chart: (VIX)

VIX 10 day 30 min

Chart: (VVIX) 

VVIX 10 day 30 min

To me, this confirms that the numbers last week truly caught the market by surprise. 

This might make Wednesday’s Fed minutes release more sensitive than usual as we get an additional glimpse into the Fed’s current thinking. 

However, the Fed has already been very transparent that they expect inflation to gyrate and potentially give negative surprises like last week.

These macro numbers weren’t enough to create headwinds for ETH and BTC as both are moving to their own tunes as Spot ETF flows continue to dominant and a dormant ETH finally begins to wake-up. 

BTC bitcoin ETH Ethereum SOL solana

BTC: $52,185 (+8.4% / 7-day)

ETH :$2,869 (+15.2% / 7-day)

SOL :$112.22 (+12.3% / 7-day)

Chart: (Amberdata BlockChain Division Data - BTC ETF Flows) 

Amberdata API BlockChain Division Data - BTC ETF Flows

The BTC bull market scenario played out strongly last week, rallying past the 2ø move we outlined in last week’s newsletter.

We continue to see beautiful inflows into the Spot ETFs across the board (except for GBTC, which is nearing neutral flows). 

So what now?

My strongest thesis going forward revolves around ETH. I guess that a lot of market participants missed a chunk of the BTC move and now want to buy something that hasn’t “moved” yet. 

Chart: (ETH/BTC Ratio


We can see in the chart above that ETH has had a bit of a relative strength bid recently, the recent ETH/BTC ratio high of 0.06 is the next likely target. This implies an ETH price of $3,120. 

Combine this ratio target with the ETH spot ETF news catalyst (May 23rd deadline) and things look interesting. 

Chart: (Amberdata BlockChain Division - ETH Supply Stats) 

Amberdata BlockChain Division - ETH Supply Stats. Ethereum active validators, ETH supply, ETH supply post merge

Everyone is talking about the Bitcoin halving in April, but that’s nothing compared to the active “REDUCTION” in ETH supply already occurring since Sept. 2022. 

Combine this ETH “Supply BURN” with dormant STAKED ETH and mix in a SPOT ETF actively putting ETH into cold storage… all of a sudden the supply story for ETH is as bullish as fundamentals can get!

Chart: (ETH Term Structure with Forward Vol) 

AD Derivatives ETH Term Structure with Forward Vol.

We can see a slight kink higher for the April volatility in ETH maybe in anticipation of Spot ETF “rumor” buying, but this isn’t anything crazy expensive. 

Chart: (ETH ∆25 RR-Skew/ATM) 

AD Derivatives ETH ∆25 RR-Skew/ATM. Skew normalized by ATM IV constant maturity

In terms of ∆25 RR-Skew, the April (60-day) expiration has a historically expensive ∆25 Call (This chart has nearly 5-yrs of data). This makes call spreads interesting. 

Owning something like (+1)3000-C/(-1)3800-C for about $200, seems appealing. 

Chart: (ETH Realized Volatility Cone 5yrs)

AD derivatives ETH Realized Volatility Cone 5yrs

In terms of realized volatility, we can see that we’re still at the historically low <25% percentile for realized volatility. Therefor a Call spread enjoys both historically low RV and a historically steep short ∆25 call-wing. 

AD Derivatives Volatility Cone ETH

Here’s a better look at the volatility cone by excluding the “MAX” RV component. Notice the Green “current RV” line. 


ETH is the next play here!

  1. Low ETH/BTC ratio, actively finding a bid.
  2. Fundamental supply picture even better than BTC.
  3. Call spreads are attractive in terms of low overall vol and historically steep (expensive) ∆25 wing (to sell).
  4. ETH Spot ETF speculation rally as the deadline approaches.
  5. Everyone who missed the BTC move is looking for “the next best thing”. paradigm institutional crypto derivatives

Paradigm's Week In Review

BTC +7.7% / ETH +10.6% / NDX -1.4%

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Weekly ETH Cumulative Taker Flow 🌊

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The Squeethcosystem Report

Crypto markets had quite a week. ETH ended the week +10.74%, oSQTH ended the week +23.30%.

Amberdata derivatives Opyn Squeeth oSQTH oSqueeth vs ETH


oSQTH IV remained active this week, trading down to the 40s before settling in the 80s.

Amberdata derivatives Opyn squeeth historical implied volatility oSQTH IV


The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $1.15m

February 13th saw the most volume, with a daily total of $877.41k  traded.

Crab Strategy

Crab saw declines ending the week -1.68% in USDC terms.

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