Crypto Options Analytics, Feb. 19th, 2023
Disclaimer: Nothing here is trading advice or solicitation. This is for educational purposes only.
Math minded people here, pardon any typos.
Monday - U.S. stock and bond markets are closed in observance of Presidents Day.
Wednesday 2pm (ET) - FOMC minutes from Jan 31-Feb 1 Meeting
Thursday 8:30am (ET) - Q4 GDP (1st revision) Previously 2.9% Annual
Friday 8:30am (ET) - PCE Index
THE BIG PICTURE THEMES:
Crypto volatility paid-off and is likely still an interesting long.
There’s a big bifurcation between "retail assets” and “institutional assets” (my own categorization).
After the massive jobs report, reflecting January employment gains, we’ve seen commodities, bonds and precious metals all quickly nosedive. The USD has also rallied against other major pairs.
I’d call these “institutional assets”, considering the maturity of these markets.
Heavily shorted stocks and crypto are rallying higher and continue to show strength.
Gold and BTC have completely broken apart in their correlations, after trading higher together since November post-FTX.
And another compelling data point to this bifurcation theory is that while BTC has been on a tier higher, option dealers are net short gamma in the face of the rally.
Last week’s CPI release has been interpreted differently, based on which assets.
This week is likely going to be moved by the FOMC minutes release on Wednesday, and the Friday PCE reading.
The Federal Reserve releases the minutes from its Jan. 31-Feb.1 meeting, when rates were hiked by 25bps. The minutes will provide more details on the decision.
The personal-consumption expenditures price index (PCE) is a gauge of inflation closely watched by the Fed.
Last week Powell said “Lowering inflation is likely to take quite a bit of time. It’s not going to be, we don’t think, smooth.”
I don’t think that this bifurcation in asset price action can continue indefinitely.
BTC: $24,457 +12.26%
ETH :$1,685 +11.27%
SOL: $25.11 +16.50%
(Feb. 12th, 2023 - BTC Term Structure - Deribit)
Short-term spot/vol. correlation proved to be VERY strong once again. We’re seeing BTC tear higher with a lot of momentum. We could easily see prices rise to $30k, given the current velocity.
This is causing the BTC term structure to flip into backwardation on these price rallies.
Long term 180-day ATM IV is anchored, however, and has only moved in a +5/-5 range throughout all this action.
(Feb. 19th, 2023 - BTC RR SKEW (C-P) ∆25 - Deribit)
The RR-Skew proved worthy of another rally higher, especially in the short-term 7-day maturities.
I thought this trend would be over but it’s proving extremely resilient so far in Q1 2023.
If this RR-skew rally momentum can bleed into longer maturities, I’d love the fade, given the 2022 relationships we witnessed last year.
For short-term RR-skew, there’s a great argument for a fade here too.
“Easy come, easy go” can easily happen with violent rallies higher like this, if spot prices erase gains, having sold a very expensive RR-Skew is $money.
(Feb. 19th, 2023 - BTC IV-RV)
IV is still a good long by my estimation.
RV is trading right around this historical median and IV isn’t pricing much of a VRP at all.
Given the explosive price action - which could easily reverse gains - there’s potential for continued RV, whichever direction spot prices go.
PROPRIETARY “GVOL-DIRECTION” FLOWS - @Gravity5ucks
What a week for volumes on Deribit! Strong on-screen activity.
Bitcoin notional of $5.4B almost reached the peaks of FTX week, and it’s one of the higher in the last year.
Ethereum notional of $3.1B.
Market participants continue showing preference over Bitcoin.
(BTC vs ETH Weekly Volumes Notional - Options Deribit Historical Section)
Difficult to assert with certainty the intentions of the long calendar $36k/$60k Mar/Sep; the first leg seems to be a closing position.
In the second part of the week, instead, the flow was sharper and well aligned between blocks and on-screen, with long positions on $26k/$28k/$30k calls opened with conviction.
(BTC AD Direction tables with uni_trade - Options Scanner section)
Positioning of market participants into 2023 seems to show a clear conviction of a bull rally to the $30k. Above the current spot price, dealers are carrying negative gamma that could help to self-reinforce the view.
Tape on Ethereum reflected the overall sentiment, with less bullish action. Noteworthy puts interest.
(ETH AD Direction tables with uni_trade - Options Scanner section)
Paradigm Block Insights (13Feb - 19Feb)
Strong outperformance of crypto vs. equities, with rally gathering steam following HKMA rumors around retail access.
Flow themes included call buying / put selling across majors.
BTC +13% / ETH +12% / NDX +0.2%
Takers quite axed for outright calls on the rally, given low implieds vs the extent of upside realized. This topside activity had been more subdued since the January rally. BTC 7D IV-RV = 3v.
5075x 24Feb 26000 Call bot
2550x 31Mar 30000 Call bot
1M 25d skew ~2v calls over after the spot rally and topside buying this week. Interesting divergence vs. ETH that has remained persistently in favor of puts across most of the curve.
ETH flows more bullish. According to GEX, dealer gamma positioning has shifted significantly from being heavily short gamma, to tilting net long $ gamma exposure.
22350x 30Jun 1600/2200 Call Spread bot
17500x 31Mar 2200 Call bot
IVs ticked higher last week on a fixed strike basis (alongside spot moving higher).
11532x 24Feb 1600 Put sold
10250x 31Mar 1300/1800 Bull Risk Reversal bot
10250x 28Apr 1300 Put bot
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Net MMV Exposure:
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BTC Market-Making Vault
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Net BTC MMV Exposure:
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