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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Tuesday 9 am ET - S&P Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities)

  2. Thursday 8:30 am ET- GDP

  3. Friday 8:30 am ET- PCE

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

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Rates are the biggest mover in macro right now but,surprisingly, rate sensitive assets, such as Gold, are also seeing bullish momentum… this bodes well for BTC. 

Earlier this month we had a strong NFP report that created more jobs than expected by economists. This was an initial trigger for bond yields to rise. 

Total nonfarm payrolls change from a month earlier

The jobs report was quickly followed by the terror attack on Israel which created a bid for Gold. 

Bond yields are bear steepening, as long-term yields lead the way higher. 

War spending is traditionally inflationary and the Fed is simultaneously talking about pausing rate hikes as they view higher long-term yields equivalent to short-term rate hikes. 

If the bond market is truly pricing-in war-time spending (inflationary) and the fed is pausing (inflationary) while the economy remains robust (inflationary),this would naturally make gold rally (inflationary hedge). 

Of course, CPI data has been improving lately and we must see if these new current-events alter the path of CPI. 

BTC remains an even more interesting asset, given “perfect-mobility”, inflation hedge, and government agnostic wealth preservation. 

I think the move in Gold is a strong “tell” for BTC. 

Lastly, combine the optimism around the BTC ETF and the Ripple lawsuit and altogether this strikes me as very bullish developments for BTC as a whole. 

BTC bitcoin ETH ethereum SOL solana

BTC: $29,975 (+10.2% / 7-day)

ETH :$1,655 (+6.1% / 7-day)

(BTC distribution of the term structure YTD)

Bitcoin is being priced like something is going to move in the short-term. 

This is one of the flattest term structures we’ve seen recently.

Chart: (BTC Term structure richness)

Amberdata Derivatives (BTC Term structure richness) ATM Boxplots BTC

Looking at the term structure richness chart, we can see that post SVB the term structure flipped into backwardation; but since April a steepening Contango structure has been dominant. 

Amberdata Derivatives Term Structure richness BTC

I can’t help but carry the positive delta bias into this week, especially given the weekend price action and macro reaction in Gold.

That said, what’s interesting in the volatility landscape is actually found in the PUT side of the ladder. 

Chart: (BTC 30-DTE ∆25/ATM -1.00 IV% Ratio) 

Amberdata Derivatives BTC (BTC 30-DTE ∆25/ATM -1.00 IV% Ratio) Wings Cheap or Rich

We can see that 30-DTE IV for ∆25 Puts is about the same at the ATM IV. 

This is a very FLAT put skew and it provides a lot of interesting opportunity for those looking to hedge a long delta bias. 

Chart: (11/24 EXP Skew evolution W/W in delta space)

Amberdata Derivatives Chart: (11/24 EXP Skew evolution W/W in delta space) Shadow Skew Delta BTC

As Implied volatility has risen week over week, we can see that the call wing of the ladder has led most of the charge, while the put wing has greatly underperformed in the -∆25 space. 

Now that the put wing is flat, traders can construct interesting 1x2 trade structures (long the 2) and buy the underlying BTC on a hedged basis. (-1/30k & +2/28k) 

Amberdata Derivatives BTC long

This seems like the most interesting way, safely, get long BTC in size. 

Also, given the flat term structure, any drop in IV will likely be concentrated in the front-end of the curve. 30-DTE will likely see less impact but it’s something to be aware of. 

Trading some premium away via a few OTM short-term calls could be an additional leg, given the current pricing. 

A massive move in IV W/W.

Chart: (10/27 EXP Skew evolution W/W in delta space)

Amberdata Derivatives 10/27 EXP Skew evolution W/W in delta space. Shadow Skew Delta BTC

Chart: (BTC 7-DTE ATM IV W/W)

Amberdata Derivatives (BTC 7-DTE ATM IV week over week)

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Interest has taken a turn from last week, returning to “BTC is king" (as it has always been).
This time last year, the predominant topic of discussion revolved around the “flippening" in the options space.
However, the reality is that we've witnessed the “tripling”: BTC is trading three times the volumes compared to ETH (the same is valid for the general market cap).

Chart: (BTC Weekly Volumes)

AD Derivatives BTC Weekly Volumes block trades and onscreen trades

Chart: (ETH Weekly Volumes)

AD Derivatives ETH Weekly Volumes block trades and onscreen trades

What stands out when observing the main trades of the week is certainly the buy-back of $27k calls with the monthly expiration of October.
Part of the buy2close flow was generated by the Deribit engine (i.e."liquidations"), but my thesis is that it was mainly a manual intervention by the involved trader.
Regardless of the method, what is striking is that the total volume generated by the trade went bad when reaching over $5M.

Chart: (BTC Top trades)

AD Derivatives BTC Top Trades block trades and onscreen trades

The buy of naked calls in December, along with a long call spread in November/December, completes a rather bullish picture on Bitcoin, reflecting the positioning of traders as:

Chart: (BTC Top trades)

AD Derivatives BTC Top Trades Cumulative historical positioning

The gamma profiles continue to exhibit strong asymmetry, with dealers compelled to buy Bitcoin and sell Ethereum for every upward movement. Certainly, this element is influencing the ETH/BTC pair and funding on Deribit.

Chart: (BTC Top trades)

AD Derivatives BTC Top trades heatmap BTC cumulative historical positioning

(Deribit Cumulative Funding)

AD Derivatives Deribit Cumulative Funding realized cumulative funding rate comparison. BTC-perpetual ETH-perpetual

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Busy options flows alongside BTC’s 10% weekly rally!

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BTC +10% / ETH +4.5% / NDX -3.5%

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Top 5 BTC structures on Paradigm and Top 5 ETH structures on Paradigm. Call, Put

Nov/Dec BTC upside buying was a main theme. 

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Amberdata derivatives Paradigm Weekly BTC heatmap taker perspective

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Amberdata derivatives Paradigm Weekly ETH heatmap taker perspective

BTC Vol moves

Strong bid for BTC Nov/Dec topside, reflecting in 2 month IVs breaking through 45v.  BTC RV, which has lagged vs. ETH recently, picked up steam w/ rally.

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Amberdata Derivatives Paradigm block volume traded. puts vs calls volume BTC


Amberdata Derivatives Paradigm block volume traded. puts vs calls volume ETH

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The Squeethcosystem Report (10/15/23 - 10/22/23)

Crypto markets found their way lower throughout the week. ETH ended the week -4.81%, oSQTH ended the week -9.88%.

Amberdata Derivatives Opyn oSQTH oSqueeth vs ETH


oSQTH IV continued to trade in a large range from the mid 20s - mid 40s.

Amberdata Derivatives Opyn Volatility IV oSQTH Squeeth historical implied volatility


The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $204.65k.

October 20th saw the most volume, with a daily total of $44.21k traded.

Crab Strategy

Crab saw gains during the week, ending at +0.58% in USDC terms.

Amberdata Derivatives Opyn Crab Strategy USDC historical returns annualized



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