Abstract cityscape reflections in windows on a modern steel and glass skyscraper

Trading Desk Market Update: 6/3

June 3, 2022

BTC is currently trading around $29,700 and ETH around $1,750. Notable gainers in the last 24 hours are XRD, BSV, and ICP. The global crypto market cap is $1.27T, down 2.2% over the last day. DeFi Total Value Locked is ~$107b and BTC dominance is around 47%.

Risk markets are broadly down this morning as markets digested new payroll data that will likely keep the Fed on their same path of tightening. The nonfarm payroll release dampened some fears of an economic slowdown with the US economy adding 390k jobs in May, about 50k more than expected. However, it remains to be seen how this trend will develop as a flurry of companies have announced hiring freezes or layoffs early in June. Most prominently, a leaked e-mail from Elon Musk revealed a hiring freeze at Tesla and an intent to layoff about 10% of the companies workforce, or ~10k employees. Oil markets will see incremental supply come online in the months ahead as OPEC+ agreed to hike oil production by ~650k barrels per day in July and August. 

Other notable news includes: Japan passed a new bill clarifying the legal status of stablecoins; Central African Republic unveiled plans to tokenize the country’s minerals; the NY state senate passed the proposed Bitcoin mining moratorium, the legislation now only requires the governor’s signature to go into effect; the CFTC charged Gemini with providing “material false” statements in an effort to gain approval for CBOE’s Bitcoin futures product in 2017; the Biden administration revealed plans to draft a report on crypto miner energy usage and emissions; the NY Attorney General issued a notice warning New Yorkers about the dangers of investing in crypto; the head of the OCC similarly warned about investing in crypto; a16z released an analysis highlighting possible US legal structures for DAOs;  FTX launched FTX Japan to expand their global presence; Crypto.com obtained a provisional license in Dubai; Gemini cut headcount by 10% blaming “crypto winter”; Brazilian crypto unicorn 2TM laid off more than 80 employees; Coinbase announced they have froze hiring and rescinded some accepted job offers; stranded gas Bitcoin miner Crusoe unveiled plans to expand operations to the gas-rich nation of Oman; node service provider Alchemy unveiled plans to expand to Solana; The Graph is poised to expand to Arbitrum; and, the head of Binance’s VC arm is leaving the firm. 

This material is a product of the GSR Sales and Trading Department. It is not a product of a Research Department, not a research report, and not subject to all of the independence and disclosure standards applicable to research reports prepared pursuant to FINRA or CFTC research rules. This material is not independent of the Firm’s proprietary interests, which may conflict with your interests. The Firm trades instruments discussed in this material for its own account. The author may have consulted with the Firm’s traders and other personnel, who may have already traded based on the views expressed in this material, may trade contrary to the views expressed in this material, and may have positions in other instruments discussed herein. This material is intended only for institutional investors. Solely for purposes of the CFTC’s rules and to the extent this material discusses derivatives, this material is a solicitation for entering into a derivatives transaction and should not be considered to be a derivatives research report.This material is provided solely for informational purposes, is intended for your use only and does not constitute an offer or commitment, a solicitation of an offer or comment (except as noted for CFTC purposes), or any advice or recommendation, to enter into or conclude any transaction (whether on the indicative terms shown or otherwise), or to provide investment services in any state or country where such an offer or solicitation or provision would be illegal. Information is based on sources considered to be reliable, but not guaranteed to be accurate or complete. Any opinions or estimates expressed herein reflect a judgment made as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Trading and investing in digital assets involves significant risks including price volatility and illiquidity and may not be suitable for all investors. GSR will not be liable whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this Information. Copyright of this Information belongs to GSR. Neither this Information nor any copy thereof may be taken or rented or redistributed, directly or indirectly, without prior written permission of GSR. Not a solicitation to U.S. Entities or individuals for securities in any form. If you are such an entity, you must close this page.