FXO Market Update - Feb 23
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: FX volatility continue to trade bid as the volatility in US yields have picked up. FX still mainly rangebound and EURUSD trades in the middle of the range. 1 week EURUSD volatility is up over 1 vol from the lows last week and we see this as a good opportunity to sell some short dated options to collect decay.
Saxo Bank publishes two weekly FX Options Market Update reports covering changes and updates on the FX Options and FX Volatility market. They describe changes in FX volatility levels, risk premium and ideas how to trade based on these.
USD volatility continues to trade bid with the high volatility in US yields. Realized vol has picked up a bit over the last week but implied vol has increased even more making all G10 vol excepts NOK vol trade with a risk premium, see top left graph below.
EURUSD still stuck in the range and closing in on the 1.2180-90 pivotal area. Vol has traded higher with 1 month up 0.5 vol and 1 week up just over 1 vol from the lows last week. The market is not favoring any side at the moment and risk reversal trades close to flat for the whole curve.
We are neutral in our view on EURUSD spot short term and but like to take advantage of the bid on vol and sell short dated strangles to collect some decay.
Sell 1 week 1.2100 EURUSD put
Sell 1week 1.2200 EURUSD call
Receive 36 pips
Sell O/N 1.2120 EURUSD put
Sell O/N 1.2170 EURUSD call
Receive 16 pips
Spot ref. 1.2145
- 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.
FX Options Trading:
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