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USA Week Ahead:

  1. Monday 6:50pm - Fed Governor Speaks

  2. Tuesday - Fed Govs speak throughout the day

  3. Wednesday 8:15am - ADP Payrolls

  4. Thursday - Fed Govs speak throughout the day

  5. Friday 8:30am - NFP

  6. Friday - Fed Govs speak 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.

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Macro Recap

Last week we had a PCE reading coming in at 2.5% Y/Y, but the Core PCE (excluding food and energy) was 3.5%. 

This is proving to be a lack of progress for the data-dependent Fed. 

Looking at the 1Q 2024 data versus the 2H 2023 data is showing to be a step in the wrong direction.

Overall, Jerome Powell has stated that he just needs to see more data before reacting by changing the 2024 rate cut forecasts.

Next week we will have many Fed speakers appear for talks and more importantly the NFP employment numbers.


Core inflation seasonally adjusted annual rate in the US, Eurozone, UK and china. Source Jp Morgan

Crypto and gold rallied last week. Marking new ATHs for gold, which has been long awaited. 



There’s been speculation of a revised inflation target from 2% → 3% from some big banks. 

Although this revision would be great for gold and crypto (not good for fiat), given how cautious and data-dependent Jerome Powell has been, I’d be VERY surprised to see that actually happen anytime soon.

I also think crypto isn’t very sensitive to US Risk-Free rates right now, given the 90-day basis is currently hanging out at +25%, although overall risk-on/risk-off sentiment is still an important second-order effect.

Chart: 90-day BTC basis (annualized)

Amberdata derivatives 90-day BTC basis (annualized). Bybit, Bitmex, Deribit, Kraken, Okex, Binance

BTC bitcoin ETH Ethereum SOL Solana

BTC: $70,970 (+7.7% / 7-day)

ETH :$3,638 (+7.6% / 7-day)

SOL :$200.41 (+13.5% / 7-day)

Trading fundamentals (vs) market positioning, that’s how I really view the current environment. 

Admittedly, I don’t have clear conviction this week, except for a potential “sell-the-news” play. 

Looking at the fundamental picture for BTC, there are really good reasons to be long. 

  • Halving cycle 4/19-4/20 
  • ETF flows outperforming all previous ETF and expectations
  • We’re through ATHs for BTC (and TradFi proxy Gold as well). 

That said, everyone seems positioned for this. 

Chart: ∆1 BTC OI

Total open interest BTC on AD Derivatives. Kraken, OKX, huobi, Bitmex, Deribit, Bybit, CME, and Binance

The ∆1 products have large amounts of OI established with CME continuing to lead the way. 

Chart: 90-day BTC futures Basis (annualized)

AD Derivatives 90-day BTC futures Basis (annualized)

This is translating into an elevated futures basis… the cost of leveraged longs barely retraced before moving higher again today.

Chart: BTC ATM term structure

AD derivatives BTC ATM term structure

If we look at the options market, we see an interesting structure. A steep Contango before 4/26 and a high forward volatility kink for the 4/26 expiration.

The options market is pricing in the halving event as well.

Chart: 7-day IV/RV

Amberdata derivatives ATM vs RV BTC 7-day IV/RV

Without a proper breakout through to new ATHs in BTC, we’re unlikely to get a valuable payoff for long-call volatility buyers, given the declining RV and growing VRP. 

That said, the current positioning being so extended is setting the market up for a VERY interesting “sell-the-news” halving cycle play. 

Should there be a real pull-back we stand to see excessive ∆1 OI become liquidated, volatility RR-skew to favor puts, and a collapsing basis. 

From an options trade perspective that’s the most interesting play on the horizon I currently see. 

Until halving, I suspect the market favors longs but it’s still a hard call given the market is already so invested.

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Paradigm's Week In Review

BTC +6.19% / ETH +3.17% / NDX +0.06%

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Paradigm Top Trades this Week 👇

Crypto options institutional top 5 BTC structures and top 5 ETH structures on paradigm

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Amberdata derivatives API Paradigm weekly BTC cumulative taker flow

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Amberdata derivatives API Paradigm weekly ETH cumulative taker flow

BTC Cumulative OI 

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AD Derivatives Paradigm block volume traded BTC puts vs calls volume


AD Derivatives Paradigm block volume traded ETH puts vs calls volume

The Squeethcosystem Report

Crypto markets found some selling this week. ETH ended the week +7.03% and oSQTH ended the week at +11.94%.

Amberdata derivatives Opyn squeeth PNL and long ETH PNL


oSQTH IV saw declines this week ending back in the 90s.

Amberdata derivatives opyn historical implied volatility - oSQTH IV

Crab Strategy

Crab saw gains ending the week +3.96% in USDC terms.

AD Derivatives Opyn crab strategy squeeth USDC historical returns and annualized



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