Crypto Options Analytics, Feb. 26th, 2023
Disclaimer: Nothing here is trading advice or solicitation. This is for educational purposes only.
Math minded people here, pardon any typos.
Monday 10:30am ET - Fed Gov. Jefferson Speaks
Tuesday 9:00am ET - Case Shiller Home Price Index
Wednesday 9:00am ET - Fed Gov. Kashkari & Goolsbee Speak
Friday 11am & 3p ET - Fed Gov. Logan & Bowman Speak
THE BIG PICTURE THEMES:
Risk assets displayed renewed weakness last week as bond yields moved higher, given that more rate hikes seem to be on the table.
Last week we saw the release of the Fed “minutes” from the most recent meeting. "Minutes” are released with a lag, post FOMC, and a lot of strong economic data has been released after these discussions.
The “minutes” are telling, as all Fed members were at least aligned to do rate increases of 25bps, but a small segment is still concerned about ending a higher rate regime too soon, favoring 50bps hikes.
All this was before the recent strong jobs data.
We’re seeing bond yields, FX and precious metals reflect this reality, while crypto remains strong, on an island of its own.
Despite that fact, BTC did have a small pull-back last week.
Economic data this week will be interesting. Tuesday, we have the Case Shiller Index releasing housing price data; this might move markets - as housing is very sensitive to rates - providing clues to Fed efforts.
We also have multiple Fed members speaking throughout the week; their talks will likely move markets as it brings more clarity.
From a technical perspective, BTC charts don’t look broken to me and the bull-run isn’t violated, in my opinion.
I’d expect a pickup in price velocity below $22k or above $25k, in either direction.
BTC: $23,450 -4.56%
ETH :$1,634 -3.27%
SOL: $23.11 -8.98%
(Feb. 26th, 2023 - BTC Term Structure - Deribit)
The term structure has steepened a lot last week. The momentum for higher prices disappointed.
As prices pick a direction (below $22k or above $25k), traders are selling vol., anticipating some sideways activity while BTC makes up its mind.
(Feb. 26th, 2023 - BTC RR SKEW (C-P) ∆25 - Deribit)
The skew has completely clustered around symmetry.
BTC option traders are unsure of which direction price “shocks” will come from.
This has really been the theme of the past couple weeks: BTC spot prices going their own way, defying larger macro asset risk-off trends, but traders aren’t sure that this can continue.
(Feb. 26th, 2023 - BTC IV-RV)
Volatility has dropped in tandem for both IV and RV.
IV isn’t expensive here and option traders seem confident that RV is headed lower.
My thinking here is contingent.
I don’t think options are expensive at all and long options still seem interesting to me; however, the ($22k or above $25k) levels seem like logical velocity escape zones.
I think once we get beyond those levels, especially if the macro is also supportive, there will be a continuation with momentum.
PROPRIETARY “GVOL-DIRECTION” FLOWS - @Gravity5ucks
(BTC vs ETH Weekly Volumes Notional - Options Deribit Historical Section)
The latest attacks on the $25k resistance have exhausted buyers.
This week we have witnessed the unwind of 24FEB positions. Theta killing. With the spot slipping into more neutral ground, market participants sold $25k-$27k calls and, unlike the past two weeks, some opened new protective positions with puts. Longer maturities saw interest for 10delta calls.
On screen, the focus was all for the 3MAR expiry, with evidence in the head map of short $24k, long $22k.
(BTC AD Direction tables with uni_trade - Options Scanner section)
(BTC AD Heatmaps - Weekly Cumulative Net Volumes)
Paradigm Block Insights (20Feb - 26Feb)
Higher rates from hawkish PCE / consumer spending data led to a risk-off week, with UST 2-year yields rising from 4.6% to 4.82%. Data suggests the Fed needs to act further to slow down the economy and control inflation.
BTC -7.5% / ETH -6.7% / NDX -1.9%
Spot / vol correlation remains strong… 2022 playbooks out the window.
1M ATMs down from 58v to 46v WoW, with the sharpest decline in implieds occurring on Friday post-PCE, as spot fell -3.5%. 1M VRP has collapsed, with implieds now trading inline with realized.
Friday’s systematic option supply partially helps explain the significant vol selloff. However, we also saw a good amount of tactical selling from fast money ahead of the weekend. Notable prints below:
- 600x BTC 31Mar 25k calls sold
- 250x BTC 3Mar 18k/20.5k/27k/30k iron condor (sold body / bot wings)
- 10k ETH 26May 1500 puts sold
June flows, in our view, are the most interesting; the largest BTC blocks were short ATMs and long upside wings.
2500x June 45k Calls bot (~60k vega)
500x Jun 27k Straddle sold (-$55k vega)
250x Jun 24k Straddle sold (-$28k vega)
ETH Jun 1x3s back in focus…these convexity trades have been popular for higher vega at higher levels of spot and vol.
These structures make sense with spot back in the middle of the range, absolute implieds in low 50s, and positive spot/vol correlation.
10k June 2500 / 3500 1x3 call spread (sell 1x / buy 3x).
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