Minting is an action of exchanging USDC for a pair of LONG and SHORT Strike Tokens. This is different from trading it from the Market page. Through Minting, those pairs of Strike Tokens are newly created. The reason why the AlphaX minting process produces an equal value of LONG and SHORT Strike Token is to maintain the equilibrium of the asset’s Strike Token in the market. For instance, if AVAX’s price increases the LONG-AVAX-Strike Token will make a profit while SHORT AVAX Strike Token will make a loss. By combining both profits and losses, the net change is zero. Hence, if there is more LONG or SHORT strike token of AVAX in the market, then the net change will not be zero, disrupting the equilibrium.