Market Pulse (05/09/2022)

ETH perpetual futures funding rates at record lows. BTC options skews spiking as puts are being bid up. BTC hovering around short-term RSI oversold levels.

Sep 05, 2022
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Chart of the Week: Perps Funding Rates at New Lows

  • There has been a flurry of activity in ETH derivatives markets as the expected mid-September date of The Merge closes in. Perpetual futures funding rates are printing at record negative levels, potentially implying caution from traders as they look to hedge downside risks. Previous issues of Market Pulse highlighted record open interest in options and record negative futures basis
New Lows Eth Perpetual Futures Funding Rate

Fund Flow Tracker

  • Aggregated exchange balance of ETH fell sharply to new lows during the past week, while BTC’s saw a bounce.
Btc Eth Aggregated Exchange Balances
Btc Otc Desks Balance And Spot Price

Derivatives Pulse

  • The BTC put-call ratio and skews (puts-minus calls) rose over the past week, implying increased cautious sentiment. Implied vols for both BTC and ETH were mostly flat during the past week. 1-week implied vol currently stands at 60.3% (vs. 65.3% a week ago) and 89.1% (vs. 98.9% a week ago) for BTC and ETH, respectively.
Btc Options Atm Implied Volatility
Eth Options Atm Implied Volatility
Options Open Interest Put Call Ratios 1
Btc Options 25 Delta Skew 1
Eth Options 25 Delta Skew 1
Btc Spot Price 1
  • Asset managers’ net-long position in CME Bitcoin futures dropped to the lowest level since February 2022, and leveraged traders’ net-short position continues to reduce. 
Cme Bitcoin Futures
  • Leveraged traders are typically hedge funds and various types of money managers, including commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators. The traders may be engaged in managing and conducting proprietary futures trading, and trading on behalf of speculative clients.
  • The asset manager category consists of institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, insurance companies, mutual funds, and those portfolio/investment managers whose clients are predominantly institutional.
  • The dealer category consists of participants typically described as the “sell-side” of the market. These include large banks and dealers in securities, swaps, and other derivatives. The other reportable category consists of traders mostly using markets to hedge business risk, and includes amongst others corporate treasuries.

Technically Speaking

  • The drop in BTC price has it hovering around short-term oversold levels based on the 14-day Relative Strength Indicator (RSI).
Btc Eth Relative Strength Indicator

Price Movements

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As of 4 Sep 2022    
Source:, Research

News Highlights

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