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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Tuesday 9:00am ET - S&P Case Shiller Index

  2. Wednesday 8:15am- ADP Employment

  3. Wednesday 2pm - Fed Interest Rate Decision + Press Conf.

  4. Thursday 10a - ISM Manufactring

  5. Friday 8:30am - NFP Employment Report

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.


Deribit Crypto Options exchange


CRYPTO OPTIONS MACRO THEMES:

BTC Bitcoin ETH Ethereum SOL Solana

BTC: $41,936 (+1% / 7-day)

ETH :$2,253 (-8.1% / 7-day)


One of the big stories everyone is following the is the Bitcoin ETF flows. 

Although the newly listed ETF’s overcame the GBTC outflows early on, we’ve now flipped into net negative outflows as GBTC continues to bleed. 

Let’s remember that in prior years GBTC once traded at a premium over spot prices, this caused many firms (like 3AC via Genesis Trading) to borrow BTC → send it to GBTC → and hope to sell their GBTC shares at a premium over spot prices. 

Chart: (ETF Inflows/Outflows in Bitcoin Terms)

Amberdata API ETF Inflows/Outflows in Bitcoin Terms

Amberdata API ETF Inflows/Outflows in Bitcoin Terms net flows vs date

As 3AC, FTX and other firms went bankrupt there’s been an overhang of GBTC up for liquidation. It’s rumored that FTX itself has sold about $1B of GBTC shares since the ETF conversion. 

Bitcoin prices are feeling the heat, but this doesn’t seem like a very dire pullback given that spot BTC prices were trading around $28k 90-days ago. 

Chart: (BTC RR-Skew normalized by ATM IV) 

Amberdata API BTC RR-Skew normalized by ATM IV

The options market saw a bottoming out in the BTC RR-Skew. Indicative of a slow down in downside volatility from a spot/vol perspective. 

Currently, short-term RR-Skew has managed to climb back near parity. 

Chart: (BTC & ETH June Expirations Futures Basis) 

Amberdata API BTC & ETH June Expirations Futures Basis

Basis remains elevated compared levels before the Q4 spot rally. 

Selling covered calls (or other call structures) remains interesting as volatility likely continues to lower and basis follows. 

In the medium to long-term I suspect institutional money comes into the system to sell both volatility and the basis. 

ETH/BTC

ETH prices took a beating this week as cold water was thrown on ETH spot ETF hopes. 

The ETH/BTC ratio headed lower W/W. 

Chart: (ETH RR-Skew normalized by ATM IV) 

Amberdata derivatives ETH RR-Skew normalized by ATM IV

We can see that ETH RR-Skew hit YTD lows last week, despite BTC RR-Skew climbing higher at the same time. 

A big part of this story is the return of the ETH covered call over-writer. 

This has sent dealer gamma inventories screaming higher as dealers become saddled with ETH paper once again, a trend seen in 2023.

Chart: (ETH Gamma Time Series) 

Amberdata derivatives ETH Gamma Time Series

Chart: (ETH Gamma Exposure by Strikes)

Amberdata derivatives ETH Gamma Exposure by Strikes GVol GEX

Chart: (Top “on-screen” Trades in ETH last week)

Amberdata derivatives Top “on-screen” Trades in ETH last week

ETH RR-Skew has been hammered lower for two clear reasons: 1) Not only did the spot price breakdown create demand for ETH puts but 2) ETH calls are once again being sold in large size on Deribit Screens. 


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Paradigm's Week In Review

BTC -0.8% / ETH -8.3% / NDX +0.2%

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Amberdata API Paradigm Weekly BTC Cumulative Taker Flow

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Amberdata API Paradigm Weekly ETH Cumulative Taker Flow

BTC Cumulative OI 

Amberdata API Paradigm Weekly BTC Cumulative OI open interest

ETH Cumulative OI

Amberdata API Paradigm Weekly ETH Cumulative OI open interest

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Amberdata API Paradigm BTC block volume traded puts vs calls volume

ETH

Amberdata API Paradigm ETH block volume traded puts vs calls volume


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The Squeethcosystem Report

Crypto markets had a relatively quiet week. ETH ended the week -8.30%, oSQTH ended the week -17.37%.

Amberdata derivatives Opyn oSqueeth vs ETH

Volatility

oSQTH remained active this week, trading in the 90s to end the week sub 75.

Amberdata derivatives historical implied volatility oSQTH

Volume

The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $198.45k

January 22nd saw the most volume, with a daily total of $65.11k  traded.

Crab Strategy

Crab saw large gains throughout the week ending at -0.46% in USDC terms.

Amberdata derivatives Opyn crab strategy oSQTH

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