FXO Market Update - Jan 28
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: AUDUSD trades lower as market continue to trade in risk off mode after FED and vols trades higher across the board. AUDUSD 1 month vol is up over 1% over the last day as we see good demand to buy downside protection.
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.
A slightly dovish FED was not enough to support the market and market continued to trade in a risk off mode with US equities down over 2%.
USD trades stronger while EM and risk correlated currencies like AUD trades weaker. AUDUSD spot is down 2% over the last 24 hours and currently trades around the 0.7600 support.
Vols have been paid up significantly over the same timeframe with 1 month up from 9.75 to 11.00. Risk reversals moving more for AUD puts with 1 month at 1.40 for downside.
Vols have traded up to the highest level since the US election but there is still room for vols to go higher if we can break down below the 0.7600 level and the 50 days moving average at 0.7585. We see good demand to buy downside hedges but at these levels we see better value in buying put spreads or RKOs, Reverse Knock Out options, for a move 2-3% lower over the next month.
Buy 1 month 0.7600 AUDUSD put in 1 mio
Sell 1 month 0.7350 AUDUSD put in 1.5 mio
Cost 63 pips
1 month 0.7600 cost 94 pips on its own.
Buy 1 month 0.7600 AUDUSD put with RKO 0.7350
Cost 25 pips
Spot ref. 0.7600
The RKO has a knock out barrier at 0.7350. The option will be knocked out and the buyer lose the right to sell at 0.7600 if spot would trade at the barrier at any time before expiry. We offer RKOs in selected markets over voice trading, barrier options are not tradable on the platform.
- 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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