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More Bitcoin Hopium, Yearn Won’t Stop, And Polygon DEX Volume

Jun 16, 2021 · 3 min read

By Ashwath Balakrishnan, and Jeremy Ong

Market Update

After a run up past $41,300 yesterday — a potential run on stop loss hunt — BTC is down around 2% for the day and dragged the rest of the crypto market down with it. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is convening today, so prepare yourself for some volatility. CHZ and SHIB are the biggest gainers of today thus far; LUNA, NEXO, and SNX are down the most.

BTC HODLers Back At It Again

  • The net positions of BTC HODLers is a strong indicator of how longer-term investors are thinking about BTC.
  • For the first time since turning negative in Nov. 2020, this metric has flipped positive, indicating HODLers are buyers here. We noted that long-term accumulation on BTC was ramping up in yesterday’s daily, and this data point adds a layer of confluence to that.

Options Market Showing Signs of Life

  • As mentioned yesterday, BTC futures OI is slowly ticking up. BTC options OI is also starting to rise, adding almost $2 billion of fresh contracts in the last week. OI rising in tandem with price is a sign that traders are still structurally bullish on BTC.
  • Volume for BTC options, however, is still far below what we saw in April and May. Considering a ton of open interest got wiped out on the move to $30,000, this isn’t too surprising. Fresh demand would lead to the creation of new contracts (increasing open interest) — which we’re seeing happen.
  • The lack of volume is thus not a major concern. If open interest continues to increase with price, volume will pick up the slack at some point.

The Market is Ignoring Yearn

  • Yearn Finance’s AUM has hit $5 billion this week after a slight dip in recent weeks. Yearn is one of the few protocols where TVL is monetizable and not just a proxy for investor/farmer demand.
  • Despite this, YFI price incurred a steep drawdown and hasn’t recovered since. This is another example of a DeFi token whose price has detached from fundamentals, as noted in yesterday’s daily with Uniswap.
  • The impact of this isn’t particularly bullish for the rest of the market. Since Yearn’s strategies primarily target Curve, and thus stablecoins, this might be a sign that investors are still risk-off. However, if the market poses a strong recovery from here, we could very well see Yearn lose TVL as investors tap into their dry powder.

Polygon DEX Volume Recovers

  • DEX volumes on Ethereum are still beaten down and yet to recover. But DEX volume on Polygon has bounced hard off lows made earlier in June.
  • Thanks to a wide range of project launches and liquidity mining, Polygon has been able to thrive despite poor market conditions.
  • With Polygon’s success and several layer two platforms set to launch in the coming months, this could spell a second bout of euphoria for DeFi — powered by new yield farms.

Notable Tweets

Ribbon Finance launches it’s liquidity mining program.

A market update from QCP Capital.

Marc Andreessen on the impact of technology.

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