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How to Understand Huobi USDT-Margined Options

Huobi — one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges launched the first USDT-quoted European Option on September 1st. Features of Huobi Options Huobi first rolled out weekly, bi-weekly, and quarterly Bitcoin Options, with plans of adding other crypto options with time, thereby increasing options for retail and institutional traders yearning for diversity, depth, and liquidity.

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Huobi — one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges launched the first USDT-quoted European Option on September 1st.

Features of Huobi Options

Huobi first rolled out weekly, bi-weekly, and quarterly Bitcoin Options, with plans of adding other crypto options with time, thereby increasing options for retail and institutional traders yearning for diversity, depth, and liquidity.

Options are derivatives, contracts that derive their value from the performance of an underlying entity. Derivatives are not new concepts. 

Instead, they are one of the oldest forms of financial contracts especially prevalent in the traditional scene with developed, highly liquid, and regulated markets. As a contract is signed between two consenting parties, options are binding. 

Those who are willing to join in options trading often want to either hedge against risks or to speculate on prices of the underlying asset.

Unlike futures and perpetual swaps, options give the buyer the right but not the obligation to exercise upon expiry at a stated price. Like most derivatives, Huobi options enable traders to either long or short the underlying asset depending on their prognosis at a strike price. In the case of Huobi’s Bitcoin Options, the underlying “asset” is the BTC/USDT index. The index is weighted and draws its price from five reputable crypto exchanges: Huobi, Poloniex, Binance, OKEx, and HitBTC.

This means, based on their analysis, a trader can either purchase “Calls” when expecting the price of the underlying to rally, or place “Puts” if it is his/her expectation that the value of the digital asset will collapse.

The strike/exercise price is a fixed price where the holder of the Options can choose to exercise. Exercising depends on whether the position is in-the-money (that is, if the order is profitable), or out-of-the-money (if the order is in red—and the price turned the other way). In-the-money call or put options are exercised and settled by calculating the price difference between the delivery and strike prices. The delivery price on expiry is an arithmetic average of index prices in the last trading hour. 

Huobi Bitcoin Options Specification

Notably, all Huobi Options — as aforementioned, are European-Styled. As such, the holder will only exercise his/her right on expiration date—a deviation from American-styled options which can be exercised any time before the expiration date. 

Weekly Huobi Options expire every Friday at 16:00 (GMT+8) and each will have a face value of 0.001 BTC, quoted in points with a contract multiplier of 1 USDT/point, and a minimum tick size of 0.01 point. 

Interestingly, trading Huobi Options disburses low fees. For example, takers — or traders placing their positions on market price, will pay 0.005 USDT per BTC Options contract, more than double those of makers — traders who place limit orders helping in market making, at 0.002 USDT per contract.

Advantages of Crypto Options

Cryptocurrency options confer several advantages to traders. 

First, there is cost efficiency in the sense that they have a different tinge of leverage with low premiums when compared to spot indices. 

Compared to spot trading, for instance, an options trader will only have to pay a premium and have the same exposure less the holding baggage of the underlying digital asset. 

Second, it is less risky. The maximum potential loss for an options buyer is the premium if the option is 0ut of money at the expiry date. On the flip side, and perhaps the most appealing upside is the unlimited profitability if the trade is on the money. 

Third, a savvy trader can use options to hedge or arbitrage his/her spot trade. 

Fourth, there is flexibility with options and a trader can employ the best trading strategy to clip profits either in a trending or a consolidating market.

Why Trade Crypto Options on Huobi?

With these benefits, there is a window for savvy traders and institutions to maximize the opportunity offered by Huobi Options. They become the first crypto exchange to roll out options quoted in USDT and not inverse in BTC like in Deribit or OKEx. By doing so, traders are guaranteed of value stability well aware that USDT is a stablecoin pegged to the USD. 

Moreover, Huobi’s Bitcoin Options have a low entry barrier for marking with a low face value of 0.001 BTC. This is 100X less than what Deribit requires and 10X what OKEx needs for a position to be opened. 

Coupled with low fees and a platform served by user-friendly policies like VIP sharing and Market Maker Preference Programs, participants place orders with the confidence of deep liquidity. Specifically, Huobi gives preference to institutions since their participation often deepens the derivatives’ liquidity. 

Further confidence is from Huobi’s inculcation of an anti-manipulation system to protect user funds and a leading risk management system formulated out of the experience by an elite team behind the wildly successful Huobi Futures. 

Additionally, there is a dynamic price limit mechanism based on options market mark price.

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Aave and Chainlink hit new highs as Bitcoin price fights to hold $32K

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Bitcoin (BTC) price opened the weekend trapped within the $33,500 to $32,000 range but at the time of writing the digital asset is struggling to hold above $32,000. 

A few analysts have warned that the recent price loss of momentum may be a sign of ‘institutional exhaustion’ as selling pressure from Asia has increased since Jan. 19.

Despite Bitcoin’s current downtrend, some institutional investors are sticking to their prediction that BTC price will reach $100,000 before the end of 2021. This suggests that institutions are buoyed by rising investor sentiment and the new proposals for a Bitcoin ETF.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

While Bitcoin still faces resistance around the $33,000 level, on-chain analyst Willy Woo sees one potentially positive development for BTC. Woo said that the Bitcoin Spent Output Profit Ratio (SOPR), a metric that shows the profit ratio of BTC by dividing the price sold by the price paid, had “a touchdown”.

According to Woo there was a:

“Full on-chain SOPR reset. Coins moving between investors per hour (24h MA) no longer carry profit on average. To push SOPR lower, investors would have to be willing to sell at a loss.”

Bitcoin adjusted SOPR. Source: Glassnode

Woo also suggested that investors are less likely to sell at a loss, an early signal that Bitcoin could be close to finding a bottom.

Altcoins and DeFi tokens soar

DeFi tokens and altcoins continued to forge their own path as Bitcoin searched for support. Polkadot (DOT), AAVE, Curve DAO Token (CRV) and Sushiswap (SUSHI) all rallied roughly 5% to 7%.

The surge in the price of many DeFi-related tokens has in large part been the result of an increase in DEX activity. Data from Dune Analytics shows monthly DEX volumes have increased since July 2020 and currently the total value locked in DeFi is at $23.89 billion.

Monthly DEX volume by project. Source: Dune Analytics

Chainlink (LINK) continued its strong rally, setting a new all-time high at $25.50 and surpassing Litecoin (LTC) in terms of total market cap to become the seventh-largest project listed on CoinMarketCap. Aave price also broke to a new all-time high at $229.39 and the total value locked in the platform is $3.44 billion.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $936.8 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 63.5%.


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Ultra-rare alien CryptoPunk NFT sells for 605 ETH, or $750,000

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Amid a wild market-wide bullrun for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), an ultra-rare “alien” CryptoPunk has sold today for 605 Ether, worth over $750,000 at today’s prices. 

CryptoPunks are widely considered to be the original NFT project, released even before Cryptokitties, the blockchain-based collectibles project that propelled NFTs to mainstream consciousness. CryptoPunks developers Larva Labs report that Punks have accounted for $26 million in lifetime sales on their native marketplace, and the average sale price for Punks over the past year has been $6,199.

Each Punk has unique attributes, such as background color, accessories, and even some ultra-rare features, such as an “alien” or “zombie” appearance. The Punk that sold today, #2890, is one of nine alien Punks in existence.

The bidding for the Punk was competitive throughout the last week, with DeFi megawallet-turn-Twitter personality 0x_b1 putting in a 500 ETH bid. The Punk was last sold in July of 2017 for 8 ETH, meaning the owner made a 75x return on their investment. 

The new owners are a group of investors that include FlamingoDAO, a “NFT collective that supports and collects premium NFTS,” according to a Flamingo spokesperson. The official FlamingoDAO Twitter handle confirmed the purchase with a meme:

“It’s simple: Cryptopunks is a groundbreaking project; it pre-dated the ERC 721 standard and crypto kitties,” said the spokesperson on the investment thesis. “Aliens are the rarest form of Cryptopunk and we believe that the acquired Alien will be prized by collectors over time and mature into an iconic digital art piece.”

Crypto art collector @gmoneyNFT, who himself dropped 140 ETH on a Punk earlier in the month, thinks that the alien is a fine investment despite the sky-high valuation.

“I think it was a great purchase. As the world moves more digital, the digital “flex” will be more and more important. It’s how humans operate in the physical world. It won’t change in the digital realm,” he said.

Long-derided as a secondary usecase for blockchain, sales like today’s demonstrate that NFTs are just beginning to have their day in the sun. NBA Topshot, a collectible highlight project from Dapper Labs, has proven to be tremendously popular, and Axie Infinity’s native critters have been selling for remarkable prices as of late as well.

Some critics have called into the question the sky-high prices rare NFTs have been fetching, however, arguing that simple digital scarcity is a shaky foundation on which to justify a $750,000 sale. @gmoneyNFT dismisses these criticisms, saying that there are plenty of real-world analogues that make just as much — or as little — sense.

“Why would someone pay millions of dollars for an original Andy Warhol screen print when you can buy the same one online for $20? Why would someone buy a pair of yeezy’s for $300 when you can buy a fake from the same factory, made with the same materials for much less? Humans like to feel special. The provenance has value.”


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Voyager Token (VGX) gains 926% as mergers and acquisitions bring new users

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Voyager Token (VGX), also known as BQX at some exchanges, is the native token of Voyager cryptocurrency exchange. 

The exchange separates itself from its competitors by claiming to be a commission-free crypto broker platform and its smart order router also allows clients to trade at multiple exchanges.

Since the turn of the year, VGX has gained 620% and on Jan. 15 the token reached a new all-time high at $1.48.

Voyager (BQX) token price at Binance. Source: TradingView

In addition to having a fiat gateway, the platform also offers market data, interactive charts,crypto research and up to 9% interest on stablecoins, along with staking returns for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies if users leave them in their exchange wallets.

Token activity sees exponential growth

On-chain data shows that activity started to pick up just a few weeks ago, with the number of daily active addresses surpassing 1,500 while transfers quickly reached $60 million.

VGX daily transfers and unique addresses. Source:

The Invest Voyager app allows traders to earn interest with no lock-ups and users staking a certain quantity of VGX token unlocks higher yields. Furthermore, the platform is owned by a listed company in Canada, Voyager Digital Ltd. (CSE:VYGR), a $600 million market capitalization fully-regulated entity.

The Canada TSX exchange listing deal also hides an interesting story. By acquiring a defunct shell company, Voyager was able to manage a reverse merger in Feb. 2019. More interestingly, not a single USD has been paid for the deal, which involved shares of the new company.

In Oct. 2019, Voyager announced a partnership with Celsius Network to manage a portion of its clients’ assets. Thus, the broker was able to diversify its staking offering.

Another notable milestone was Circle Invest acquisition completed in Feb. 2020, converting more than 40,000 accounts. Circle Invest was previously involved with the USD Coin (USD) stablecoin, besides Poloniex exchange, although both projects had already been divested. It is worth noting that the deal did not involve cash, being settled in Voyager Digital shares.

These developments explain the current uptick in user accounts and token activity and similar to Coinbase, Voyager’s fiat on-ramp and regulated status could make the exchange a top choice for future crypto investors located in the United States.

VGX price growth follows new acquisitions and European expansion

Currently, Voyager exchanges is available to every U.S. state except New York, as the company waits for its BitLicense approval. In October 2020, Voyager Digital acquired France-based LGO, a fully licensed European digital asset exchange focused on institutional investors.

LGO CEO Hugo Renaudin explained that the French company would discontinue its dedicated institutional exchange, while LGO would operate under the Voyager brand, although focusing mostly on retail.

The overall traded volume on Voyager’s platform reached $120 million in Nov. 2020, while its asset under management surpassed $485 million on Jan. 15. To date, more than 200,000 users have downloaded the iOS and Android applications and further expansion into Europe should increase the platform’s user base.

Voyager (VGX) Twitter user activity vs. price (USD). Source: TheTie

Data from TheTIE, an alternative social analytics platform, shows that the recent price spike was preceded by increased social network activity. Apart from a few users complaining of KYC-related withdrawal issues, the general sentiment around Voyager and VGX are positive.

Offering up to 9.5% annualized interest returns on stablecoins and being a fully-licensed broker offering altcoin trading and staking to U.S. citizens seem to be the primary drivers behind the platform’s momentum.

As for the economics behind the VGX token, the possibility of a debit card with cashback rewards, withdrawal fee discount, and interest booster on staking might be needed to drive its valuation further.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.


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