SBF killed the "mid-term" rally....

The Market Ear Picture

Bitcoin - skew(ed)

From the most boring asset to the most exciting asset in no time, again. The panic chase for downside protection is extreme. Skew has moved in an extreme fashion. Chart showing 1 week and 1 month 35 delta skew.

Source: Amberdata

Bitcoin volatility - up up and away

Welcome to total volatility panic. Hard to say much about this panic, but remember a 1% move in the underlying corresponds to 16% implied volatility. Just choose your scenario...Chart showing 1 week and 1 month implieds.

Source: Amberdata

VIX - under the hood stress waking up

Nothing huge, yet, but the latest crypto carnage is spilling over to various things, VIX as well. Chart shows the VIX 2/8 months futures spread moving higher. Far from panic, but still worth nothing.

Source: Refinitiv

VIX remains the relatively "stubborn" one

VIX refuses moving much despite the latest move lower in SPX. The gap between VIX and SPX remains (short term) wide.

Source: Refinitiv

Sell-side also "trading" bullish

Big bear Wilson stays trading bullish albeit with a tight stop. Goldman does not believe in a US recession. Mislav is as bullish as ever. GS thinks puts are too expensive. MS tech specialist sales sees tech sell-off as overdone. Marko is going full Marko. Very different backdrop to how it was just a month ago. Starting to feel too crowded in the "trading bullish" club....

Will retail flows reverse for real?

Chart shows cumulative retail fund flows into global equity funds.

Source: EPFR

US earnings are close to record highs…

Earnings estimates have already come down a lot...Enter chart: S&P500 EPS vs trend.

Source: IBES

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