FXO Market Update - Feb 16
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: US yields opens higher after a long weekend and USDJPY makes another move higher. JPY vols have been paid up in Asia with 1 month USDJPY up 0.55 to 5.65 and the risk reversal trades at 0.1 for USDJPY puts, the lowest level since 2017. Vol has underperformed in the slow grind higher in spot making USDJPY the most expensive vol in G10 space with a risk premium of 1.5 vol.
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US yields opened higher after the long weekend with 10y trading up to 1.2450. This had USDJPY to continue the grind higher with spot trading through 105.50. Next level to watch is 105.75, highs from earlier in February and back in October/November.
Vols have been paid up in the Asia session with 1 month USDJPY now trading at 5.65 compared to 5.10 low yesterday. It is quite a significant move when the vol trades on a 5-handle. Vols still underperform in the slow grind higher in spot with realized vol trading just above 4.0, making USDJPY the most expensive G10 pair with a risk premium of 1.5, see top left chart below.
Risk reversals continue to underperform as spot and vol trades higher. 1 month risk reversal is currently trading 0.1 favor USDJPY puts, compared to 0.4 for puts a week ago. This is the lowest level for a very long time, last time the 1 month risk reversal traded for USDJPY calls was back in 2017.
The higher and expensive vol together with a very low risk reversal makes USDJPY calls attractive to short at these levels, either outright or as covered calls, depending on your view in spot from here.
Sell 1 week 105.75 USDJPY call
Receive 21 pips
Sell 1 month 106.50 USDJPY call
Receive 28 pips
Spot ref. 105.55
- The Top/Bottom charts shows the top 5 and bottom 5 values/changes for at-the-money vol, risk reversal (RR) and risk premium of the 45 currency pairs we are tracking.
- Risk premium: Implied (Imp) minus realized volatility. A positive risk premium means implied volatility trades above realized volatility, i.e. the implied volatility can be seen as “rich”.
- Change: The difference between current price/volatility and where it closed 1w ago.
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