Chart of the Week: Shorts Out of Fashion
- Longs are gaining the upper hand with asset managers’ net-long position in CME Bitcoin futures trending upwards and fast approaching the highest level YTD. Leveraged traders appear to also be on the same wavelength, as their net-short position has been reducing since mid-May and is currently at the lowest level YTD.
- 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.
Fund Flow Tracker
- Aggregated exchange balance for BTC made a new 1-year low, while ETH’s was stable over the past week.
- 1-week implied vols dropped during the past week, while other expiries were generally stable. Skews (puts minus calls) continued to fall for BTC but rebounded for ETH over the past week. 1-week implied vol currently stands at 63.1% (vs. 68.4% a week ago) and 91.9% (vs. 115.6% a week ago) for BTC and ETH, respectively. The put-call ratio for ETH extended its downtrend and is at the lowest level during the past 1-year.
- Perpetual futures funding rates remain in positive territory for both BTC and ETH over the past week.
- ETH’s recent strong rally has pushed it closer to short-term overbought levels based on the 14-day Relative Strength Indicator (RSI).
- Crypto startups raised U.S.$30.3B in 1H 2022, more than the total raised in all of 2021.
- Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) will launch Euro-denominated Bitcoin and Ethereum futures on 29 August, pending regulatory approval.
- The Solana network was exploited, with funds drained from around 8K wallets, and estimated loss of U.S.$8M.
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