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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Monday 10a ET- ISM manufacturing

  2. Wednesday 8:15a ET- ADP Employment

  3. Wednesday 10a ET- ISM Services

  4. Friday 8:30am - NFP

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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US Rates!

We’re seeing a massive move higher in longer-term US rates week-over-week.

That has been a catalyst for risk-off sentiment and a dollar rally.

What’s great to see is the relative strength in crypto despite this move higher in rate.

I’d expect higher rates to drag on crypto spot prices, but so far, that hasn’t been the case.

This week we have NFP which could bring a bad “print” causing relief in this bond market selling and equity market drag.

BTC: $28,124 (+7.8% / 7-day)

ETH :$1,728 (+9.9% / 7-day)

The biggest theme and source of activity this past week was around the ETF news.

Delays for BTC’s spot ETF removed some of the enthusiasm for BTC’s 10/27 expiration cycle.

Vol trader’s had previously hoped that some good news or anticipation in October would spark some activity, but now that the timeline has been extended, IV has lost it’s October kink.

AD Derivatives (BTC 10/27 expiration IV drop week-over-week) Shadow Skew Delta BTC IV(BTC 10/27 expiration IV drop week-over-week)

However, ETH ETF news has now kicked in. The idea, although rather predictable, is we could soon see approval for a BITO like ETF in Ethereum.

This is different from the spot ETF and instead would create an ETF that trade CME Ethereum futures as the underlying.

AD Derivatives (BTC 10/27 expiration IV moves higher week-over-week) Shadow Skew Delta IV ETH(ETH 10/27 expiration IV moves higher week-over-week)

We can see however that most of the ETH vol buying was located in the front-end of the expiration curve.

AD Derivatives (BTC & ETH ATM Term Structures) Term-structure comparison BTC vs ETH(BTC & ETH ATM Term Structures)


Ad Derivatives (ETH TS week-over-week) Shadow Term structure comparison (ETH TS week-over-week)

Short-term options rallied much more. We can see the 10/13 expiration move substantially week-over-week.

AD Derivatives (ETH 10/13 exp week-over-week) Shadow Skew Delta IV(ETH 10/13 exp week-over-week)

I expect this ETH relative volatility pop to be rather short-lived give this fundamental catalyst.

The reason there is any excitement around the BTC SPOT etf is because BITO isn’t a clean product to trade. It’s a derivative of a derivative, with listed option derivates on top of it.

Derivative^3. Eh.

By that logic, the excitement around a BITO like Ethereum ETF seems non-compelling to me.


The overview of the week has been as follows: short gamma positions on the screen vs. bullish vega on blocks.

On the Bitcoin front, the focus on-screen was on selling monthly calls for October with strikes at $27k-$28k-$29k. However, in contrast to recent weeks, the bulk of the volume was seen in blocks, with long positions on November $30k calls and buy-to-close on December 30k calls suggesting a bullish outlook in the medium term.

(BTC Options Scanner Top Trades)

(BTC Options Scanner Volume Oi Ratioed)

A similar scenario is also observed for Ethereum, with the buy-to-close of October 1.9k and December 2.0k, but this time accompanied by a mixed and two-way call’s flow in November.

(ETH Options Scanner Top Trades)

(ETH Options Scanner Volume OI Ratioed)

Paradigm's Week In Review (Sept 25 - Oct 1)

Nov upside buying

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Paradigm RFQ vs. Orderbook

BTC +4% / ETH +6% / NDX +0.50%

BTC Flows 🌊

The large November topside buying vs. selling Oct flow continued this week, corresponding w/ BTC spot ETF approval delays

1. 1350x 27-Oct-23 32000 / 24-Nov-23 33000 Call Calendar bought

2. 1350x 24-Nov-23 31000 Call bought

Protection Buying 🌊

Takers bid for downside on Paradigm, prevalent in short dated 25 delta skews, which puts trade in line with calls in Oct/Nov.

1200x 29-Sep-23 24000 / 13-Oct-23 24500 Put Calendar bought

1175x 24-Nov-23 23000 Put bought

11000x 27-Oct-23 1700 Put bought

ETH Flows 🌊

1. 18750x 24-Nov-23 2000 Call bought

2. 16030x 24-Nov-23 1900 Call bought

3. 11000x 27-Oct-23 1700 Put bought

4. 10000x 27-Oct-23 1650 / 29-Dec-23 1900 Call Calendar sold

5. 8046x 27-Oct-23 1700/1800 Call Spread bought

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📊$ETH dealer profiles

⚖️Net Gamma rebalancing

🦔Using perps to hedge

🦣Large MM flows 


Paradigm Order Book vs. RFQ Liquidity Protocol.  See how traders use both to maximize PNL 🔥

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Crypto markets found their way higher throughout the week. ETH ended the week 5.68%, and oSQTH ended the week at 10.36%.


oSQTH IV was incredibly active this week, making a few round trips from the 60s to the 30s.


The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $212.5k

September 20th saw the most volume, with a daily total of $68.91k traded.

Crab Strategy

Crab saw gains during the week ending at +1.41% in USDC terms.



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