Breakdown & Walkthrough of using the Skew Templates

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Breakdown & Walkthrough of using the Skew Templates

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Firstly make sure you have read this thread on navigating the Bazar:

Once you have read that you will have access to where to find my templates:

Skew Premium Skew Basic Skew Vanilla & BTC Compact

Skew Basic

Ichimoku Bollinger bands & Regression MAs Trend channel EMAs VWAPs


In this template, I bring edge & market flow into trend-following moving averages

Let's break this down into core components:

Cumulative Liquidation Delta

The indicator at the top of the basic templates are called CLD (Cumulative Liquidation Delta)

This is important for noting areas of offside positions being forced out of the market.

Great location to take profits & hedge.

Red bars = Long liquidations Green bars = Short Liquidations

Green Box The sweep into the lows on spot driven COVD variant “Omicron” long liquidation event, prime area of interest for large market players to fill positions into these liquidations because it’s efficient enough for huge size (8–9 figures)

Red Box Sweep of short positions in offside liquidity hunt leading to shorts being liquidated, Same strategy; large market players fill their hedges or often sell spot into these rallies creating resistance.

Buy vs Sell volume

This indicator will show you per every candle if there is buying pressure or selling pressure and an increase or decrease to note areas of passive orders.

White box + White arrow = distribution starts lack of buyers and passive seller absorption

Red arrow = Seller domination picks up quickly (trend change) Leads to seller climax & capitulation event (long liquidation event)

Price then makes Lower Low, however, selling volume in the lower low is not indicating continuation. (absorption)

Green line divergence = Trend change

Green box = Retail shorts get baited into shorting into heavy bids (absorption)

Cumulative Volume Delta (CVDs)

CVDs are useful for identifying trend before structure represents the same indications.

Red arrows = Flat top with Spot supply pressure (Yellow & White line) whereas Perp CVD (Blue line) starts to buy into these sells (absorption) resulting in collapse.

Green arrow = Strong Coinbase spot bid lifting sells persistently. Value migration higher (retest of trend)

In other words great tool to see how market participants react to certain price areas and news events.

Volume Extreme (Filtered Volume)

Volume Extreme highlights large volumetric moves in the market based of a specific period length (example: previous 50 candles)

Green bar = Higher than average buying Red bar = Higher than average selling Grey = average volume

The purpose is to take advantage of the liquidity for mean reversion trades or trend shifts/confirmations on any timeframe.

Use with confirmation of other indicators such as:

Spot CVD / Perp CVD Liquidations Indicators such as EMAs or Bollinger bands


Volume trend confirmations with EMAs (1H)

Skew Vanilla

Bybit Vanilla

These Templates are more revised for the best signals with the confluence of Skew Premium or Skew Basic.

For example:

Basic EMA & Bybit Vanilla

I developed these to be more systematic based & easy to integrate with Order flow systems like exocharts traders/Sierra, Moving Average traders & so forth.

Alike to Skew basic they include:

CVDs Buy vs Sell indicator Volume Extreme (Taker Volume) Calculated Delta (White line) CLD (Cumulative Liquidation Delta)

Each Template is fitted with a Perp CVD and the reference spot exchange (coinbase):

Bybit + coinbase FTX perp + coinbase Binance + Binance spot (since they move together) Deribit + coinbase Bitfinex Spot + Bitfinex Perp

Bybit Vanilla

Each Vanilla template plots the according CVDs inline with candlesticks for clean observation of the market & how each perp & spot CVD react to current market price.

Coinbase bids 53K–54K Coinbase sells 58K

Offside Perp: Bybit shorts 54K Bybit chases 58K then gets squeezed on spot selling


Delta line a measurement for divergences against price for:

Mean Reversion divergences Market defined resistance (in line with spot CVD selling) Top & bottom divergences

Example of hidden spot CVD & Delta divergences

Buy vs Sell flow indicator

This indicator is often used as confluence with the Delta line for reversion trades and good areas to hedge.

Divergences shown above signify opportunities if supported by CVDs to go long at the point of seller climax & Volume supported absorption

Example with CVD, Delta & Buy vs sell Divergences at seller climaxes

Can also be used on HTF to identify distributive patterns and accumulation on drawdowns

Example of 4H divergences

Red arrow = Distributive

Green = Accumulation

Then combining all indicators knowing that the market tends to move in the direction of the most favorable liquidity & liquidations

Confirmation Divergences seen in:

CLD: drying up liquidations (less people to hunt) Falling volume signals (red or green bars in the direction) — Reversion soon Delta line confirmations of reversion, strength or weakness in current trend Signals towards new trend forming

Skew Premium

These templates are where you can easily see how the market is reacting to price action and when OTC or Institutional money exits/enters the market

BTC Market Screener

These are used to see exactly what exchange drives price & who’s offside in the market (overexposed or covering)

Each Exchange CVD Volume Delta Premiums vs Spot Ask vs Bid difference Liquidations

BTC Perp vs Spot Premiums + Market CVDs

With this template, you can identify clean trends & flow. When Perps beginning shorting lows and chasing highs into spot Market Makers

Premium = red (perps trading above spot price) Discount = green (perps trading lower than spot price)

There’s many other Skew Premium Templates but leaking too much alpha. (Check my Twitter I post them occasionally)

BTC Compact

One of my older creations to combine all portions of the market, more now for users to become familiar with the concepts of tools I use like CVDs & Delta.

As well as getting familiar with KF Liquidation maps; which you can add in later with any template.

Free Template to try out

Main Chart with **Volume delta **Volume plotted by the ratio between buyers and sellers:

red = more net selling momentum green = more net buying momentum

3 Tape panels:

Spot Tape Perp Tape Futures Tape

Used to see who is buying or selling and understanding the start of volatility & absorption around psychological prices.

Liquidation and spread panel : learning how market chases positions out and then reverts against price. (Green =Short liquidations, Purple = Long liquidations) Spread the white dotted line indicates spread increase aka imbalance between buys & asks in a move.

When it’s close together volatility probability increases significantly:

Note Tape Volume Delta on chart CVDs & Candle closes

CVDs Panel:

Spot aggregate CVD Binance Spot CVD Binance Futures CVD Perps aggregate CVD

The cumulative position (CVDs) and trend bias of each market are compared with the current price.

Who is buying or selling and how does this impacts price or if absorption is clear by passive orders. (in reference to tape panels and Liquidations panel)

Basic & Vanilla Templates will be free every weekend to try out

Find these templates at:

Those will soon be available on

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