Recurring market commentary on what’s happening in the crypto markets, summarized by the Crypto Broker team at Crypto Finance AG.
During the first few days of the new year, the overall market traded in a very narrow range. Then we have continued hawkish US Federal Reserve signals and rising US 10-year yields. The primary focus here is on the number of rate increases, and just how aggressive the Fed will be with its balance sheet runoff. Equities and base metals slid followed by cryptocurrencies.
Prior to the market correction, Bitcoin seemed to have lost some of its dominance against other cryptocurrencies, but when we are in “risk-off” mode, there is no escape. Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) lost over 10%, and short-term volatility obviously spiked.
This choppy market behaviour favours the market makers (liquidity providers) in the newly launched DeFi options vaults. The short-term simple options strategies leave the market maker with long out-of-the-money calls and put positions in the corresponding cryptocurrencies. These long option positions are ideal for intraday trading as the market maker ends up being long gamma and therefore flexible to catch up with the high time decay of the overall position.
Our desk is following this closely, and we are also asking ourselves to what degree these kinds of positions have been hedged in the market. At any rate, 2022 is now here, and we expect it to be a year chock-full of interesting and mind-blowing events.
The world of DeFi
One of these comes from the world of decentralized Finance (DeFi), with the move from DeFi 1.0 to DeFi 2.0. DeFi is still in its nascent stage, but it is evolving extremely quickly. Recent developments aimed to address some of the shortcomings of liquidity dependent pools. One should not forget that Decentralised Exchanges (DEXs) rely greatly on Automated Market Making and on Liquidity Providers to maintain their kind of permissionless nature, as do Lending and Borrowing protocols in order to build a sustainable L&B market platform.
In other words, one of the primary problems of DeFi 1.0 is that many protocols do not have deep liquidity! The explosive growth of DeFi, in general, has motivated other protocols to mitigate these problems by introducing the idea of Protocol Controlled Liquidity. These protocols do not rely on Liquidity Pools to bootstrap and maintain liquidity; instead, they actually rely on their own liquidity. One example of a DeFi 2.0 protocol is Olympus DAO.
What is Olympus DAO?
Olympus is a “non-pegged stablecoin” that attempts to be less volatile than traditional cryptocurrencies, while not being pegged to any Fiat currency. Olympus is positioned as a reserve currency protocol, whereas the native token, OHM, is backed by a basket of assets that are stored in the treasury. The value of OHM is meant to float based on the value of its underlying assets within the treasury. This is eventually achieved through minting and burning OHM according to the intrinsic value.
Users can participate and earn OHM through the purchase of OHM denominated bonds and by staking their own OHMs. Treasury revenues are increased by bond sales and fees, which lock in liquidity and help to control the overall OHM supply. The inflow out of the treasury is used to increase the overall treasury balance, back outstanding OHM positions, and regulate the staking APY (annual percentage yield). In a nutshell, the target of the protocol is to become a crypto native currency that is used as an alternative to other Fiat currencies.
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