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11 January 2022

TA Tuesday: A good time to do some coin shopping

Crypto Finance Team

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As of writing, $BTC is trading at $42,346.61 (-7.88% in seven days), $ETH is trading at $3120.56 (-17.56% in seven days), and the ETH/BTC spread is trading at 0.0736 (-10.79% in seven days).

As markets go down, the correlation between cryptocurrencies and the stock market often increases.

When things are going right, however, digital assets tend to be independent. But when things are going wrong, there does not seem to be a way out.

E.g.: 30-day rolling correlation between bitcoin and Nasdaq is now 60% (the highest it has been in a one-year interval).

In macro terms, tightening financial conditions are expected to negatively impact risky assets such as stocks and cryptocurrencies as they become less attractive than safe haven bonds.

From a technical standpoint (and in my own personal view), derivatives markets are currently driving spot prices and making as many profits as possible.

Let us start with ether.

The skews are positive for maturities up to 180 days.
The weekly skew is the most positive (currently at 11%), but the 25-day skew is almost the same (currently at 10%).

This means that the risk reversal game could be executed with one-month options until expiration.

Skew trading is betting that the spread in implied volatility (IV) between the lower strike and higher strike options will reverse driving the skew to 0, or even negative.

Traders are now writing an out-of-the-money (OTM) put, and then buying, in part with the collected premium, a call in-the-money (ITM).

Since the net delta is positive, they are also selling the underlying (most likely the Future Perpetual), leaving them to play with the gamma and the vega.

The monthly expiration on February 25th and the quarterly expiration on March 25th are currently popular with traders.
Popular strikes are $2,800 for put and $3,900 for call.

With the future term structure remaining nearly identical, selling perpetuals allows them to earn on funding rates as well.

Until I see the skew go to 0 (or near negative), I see spot prices holding support levels at $2,800, and there being a limited upside near $4,000.

The situation is similar for that of bitcoin. The skews are positive for maturities of less than 180 days.

Popular strategies are selling a put at $35,000 and buying a call at $55,000.

On the 4-hour chart, $BTC is holding short-term support at around $40,000, and the upside appears to be limited near $45,000.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is currently rising from oversold levels, and this typically precedes a brief price rebound. Given the low momentum, I expect sellers to remain particularly active around the resistance levels.

And in terms of other coins…

Most coins are now far from their all-time highs (ATHs), and this may be a good time to buy.

I always like to remind people that we usually shop when things are on sale, so why not do the same with investments? Maybe, prices haven’t reached their lowest, but the discounts are still great.

Currently in my trading list, the most appealing trades are the following:
– $ICP: currently $35.8, and 93% down from ATH
– $CRV: currently $4.37, and 92% down from ATH
– $HT: currently $9.08, and 77% down from ATH
– $AVAX: currently $86.07, and 41% down from ATH

And this as a side note…

This time today 13 years ago Hal Finney wrote the very first tweet about bitcoin.

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