July 31, 2023

Markets Insights

Next FOMC meeting: Sept 20th 2023.

  • Probability of a 0bps hike → 80%
  • Probability of a 25bps hike → 20%

The News Room

Curve Finance Drained of $50M While CRV Token Sinks 12%

More than $100 million worth of cryptocurrency is currently in jeopardy due to a critical "re-entrancy" bug detected in Vyper, a programming language utilized in certain components of the Curve system. The vulnerability has resulted in hackers exploiting several stablecoin pools on the platform, which play crucial roles in establishing pricing and liquidity for numerous DeFi services. This type of bug, known as reentrancy, enables attackers to deceive a smart contract by executing repeated calls to a protocol, leading to the unauthorized withdrawal of assets. These calls essentially grant permission for the smart contract address to interact with a user's wallet address. Aave, a lending and borrowing protocol, took the decision to deactivate its CRV borrowing function due to prevailing panic. A substantial debt of $100 million in CRV, owed by Curve founder Michael Egorov on the Aave platform, is now approaching a critical liquidation point. In the event that CRV prices were to persistently increase and reach the liquidation threshold, the protocols would be compelled to liquidate the CRV positions.

SEC Told Coinbase to Stop Trading in All Cryptos Except Bitcoin Before Suing

Armstrong expressed that the SEC recommendation compelled them to pursue legal action. It is notable that SEC Chair Gary Gensler, the four SEC commissioners, and the SEC staff hold diverse opinions on various matters, which may not always represent the official stance of the institution unless explicitly stated. On June 6, the SEC filed charges against Coinbase, accusing the company of violating federal securities law by functioning as a broker, exchange, and clearinghouse for unregistered securities, specifically 13 cryptocurrencies excluding bitcoin. In response, Coinbase contested the SEC's actions, asserting that they infringe upon due process and constitute an abuse of discretion.

Trading Desk Insights

On Monday, a marginal increase was observed in stock futures as Wall Street aimed to conclude an impressive July, whilst preparing for a hectic week of corporate earnings. The stock market has shown considerable growth this month, with the S&P 500 index increasing by 3%, thereby maintaining a positive trend for the fifth consecutive month - a feat not seen since its seven-month winning streak ended in August 2021. The Nasdaq, dominated by technology stocks, has seen a rise of 3.8% within the month, equally matching the S&P 500's five-month streak of gains.

Bitcoin continues to trend within a tight range between $28,900 and $29,700 with no clear direction in sight. BTCUSDT has switched from bullish to neutral territory two weeks ago on the breakdown of the 20-day moving average. Now that prices are hovering near the 50-day moving average, we expect a rebound from this area. If we do eventually break below this zone then we would most likely trade lower towards $28,500 and possibly 27,250.

In other financial news, it has been reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed that Coinbase should exclude all cryptocurrencies from its listings, with the exception of Bitcoin. Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, shared with the Financial Times that this suggestion was made by the SEC prior to them initiating a lawsuit against the Nasdaq-listed firm last month, on grounds of failure to register as a broker.

Economic Calendar:


  • ISM manufacturing PMI
  • JOLTS job openings
  • Earnings → AMD & MicroStrategy


  • ADP non-farm employment
  • Earnings → PayPal & Robinhood


  • BOE decision
  • US unemployment + ISM services PMI
  • Earnings → Amazon, Apple, Block & Coinbase


  • US Non-farm payrolls + unemployment

Altcoin Watch

After the launch of Worldcoin, Optimism registered a total of 944,000 transactions in a day, surpassing Arbitrum's daily count of 660,000. This marks the first time since January 2023 that Optimism has taken the lead in the number of daily transactions.

The layer-2 blockchain Optimism unlocked $36 million worth of tokens recently and yet the coin is still trading +3% this morning. $19 million was allocated to core contributors and $17 million to investors. The previous token unlock on June 30 resulted in a 10.7% sell-off across all OP trading pairs, although the token rebounded by more than 15% over the following 24 hours.

Looking at both OP and ARB, you can tell right away that OP has outperformed ARB in the recent past.
OP has surged by over 20% since the start of July while ARB is relatively flat in the same time period. OPUSDT keeps posting higher highs and higher lows while ARB has been trending lower.

There is much more price history with OP which makes it easier to analyze. As long as prices remain above 1.50 and especially 1.41, we expect further upside towards 1.8 and possibly 2.08. As long as ARB is trading above 1.12, we expect further advance towards 1.25.


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