- Use Cases
Wednesday 2:00 pm - FOMC
Thursday - BOJ Rate Decision
Friday 8:30 am - Fed Speakers throughout the 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.
Last week the ECB raised rates to 4% but signaled this might be the last rate increase needed, instead opting for holding rates “higher longer”.
At the G20 meeting the BOJ signaled they would be “open to ending” negative rates. Ueda said the BOJ would likely have enough information to make that decision by EOY.
This week we have the FOMC rate decision, along with the BOJ rate decision the following day.
The Fed has been very adamant about remaining “data dependent” and signaling the ability to “hold rates higher for longer”. To me this means the Fed can navigate this week’s FOMC meeting by keeping rates unchanged but signaling rates will remain elevated while they monitor economic releases.
In my opinion this would make the FOMC meeting a low volatility event.
BTC: $26,470 (+2.4% / 7-day)
ETH :$1,618 (-0.1% / 7-day)
Looking at the volatility term structure for both BTC and ETH, it’s interesting to see the Oct. Expiration “kink” higher in BTC forward volatility, which isn’t pronounced the same way in ETH.
We can imagine this is a reflection of demand for BTC optionality given we’d expect more clarity around the Spot Bitcoin ETF, going into EOY.
(BTC vs ETH term structures)
The dealer gamma profiles are quite different between the two assets as well. Supply of optionality continues to dominate in ETH (below) while BTC has a must more mixed profile (above).
Comparing the time series of net gamma exposure side-by-side, we can see ETH dealer inventory become positive in response to the Shanghai upgrade, while for Bitcoin it was the inverse.
Dealers were stuck with short gamma, post SVB as demand for BTC exposure and optionality quickly kicked-in in response to the banking crisis.
This trend remains strong and the inventories have continued to display inverse profiles.
PROPRIETARY “GVOL-DIRECTION” FLOWS - @Gravity5ucks
In a low-volume overall context, the positive trend of on-screen flow continues on Deribit.
This week, we witnessed a complete buy-and-sell cycle on SEP calls $25.5k, bought and sold within a few days.
All well-highlighted in the heatmap.
Looking at the blocks, the flow has been skewed towards buying upside convexity in the $30k-$33k range, although with the price at the low $25k, some volume has also been recorded in put-spreads.
Finally, worth noting is the buy-to-close SEP $28k and sell-to-open OCT $28k, resulting in a net premium received of nearly $600k.
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BTC upside buying continues
ETH upside covering
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Upside buyers on Paradigm focused on October this week scooping below calls, large 15Sep call blocks went up ahead of US CPI.
1100x 27-Oct-23 33000 Call bought
925x 15-Sep-23 27500 Call bought
575x 27-Oct-23 28000 Call bought
550x 27-Oct-23 30000 Call bought
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Relatively quiet week for ETH flows given, certainly reflected in sideways price action, significant spread between BTC and ETH IVs across the term structure.
6000x 29-Dec-23 1400 Put bought
4625x 22-Sep-23 1500/1400 Put Spread bought
4500x 15-Sep-23 1600 / 22-Sep-23 1550 Put Calendar bought
4000x 29-Sep-23 1900 Call bought
4000x 15-Sep-23 1500 Put bought
“Overwriter” entity who blocks directly with Deribit or trades via screens was active today (Sunday 9/17), printing the below in BTC and ETH:
Size Oct ETH upside bought back to close.
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Crypto markets remained active this week with very little to show for it. ETH ended the week -0.21%, oSQTH ended the week -1.94%.
oSQTH IV was incredibly active this week trading in the mid 30s just to round trip back to the mid 50s to end the week.
The 7-day total volume for oSQTH via Uniswap oSQTH/ETH pool was $737.7k
September 17th saw the most volume, with a daily total of $218.57k traded.
Crab saw slight declines during the week ending at -0.02% in USDC terms.
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