FXO Market Update - June 22
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: USD has traded stronger after the hawkish move from FED the last week, but we have started to see interest to fade the move an put on weaker USD trades as market see chance for some dovish risk following the move to a hawkish extreme form FED. One Touch options offer good value for a reversal trade on the dollar and it is possible to buy 2 week OT options with barrier where the spot was trading before the FED in EURUSD and AUDUSD for less than 20% premium.
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The FED’s pivotal hawkish move last week took the market by surprise and the dollar has traded higher across the board. The dollar has traded sideways over the last sessions and the market has started to put on trades for a reversal of the last week's move as they see risk for some dovish surprises now when FED has moved to a hawkish extreme.
Vol has reversed from the highs seen in the Asia session yesterday with both EURUSD and AUDUSD 1 month vol down more than 0.5 vol from the highs. EURUSD risk reversals have corrected a touch higher with 1 month currently trading at 0.25 for puts, compared to 0.4 yesterday and flat before FED. AUDUSD risk reversals still trades on the lows with 1 month at 1 vol for put, traded 0.5 before FED last week.
Below are a few short-dated trade ideas for a reversal of the resent dollar move in AUDUSD and EURUSD. We prefer to buy a bit shorter dated options and One Touch options offer good value for a reversal trade. You can buy a 2 week OT with barrier at the level where spot was before the FED for less than 20% in both EURUSD and AUDUSD.
Buy 2 weeks 1.2100 EURUSD One Touch
Buy 2 weeks 0.7700 AUDUSD One Touch
Buy 2 weeks 1.2000 EURUSD call
Cost 18 pips
Buy 2 weeks 0.7600 AUDUSD call
Cost 19.5 pips
Spot ref.: 1.1885 & 0.7500
- 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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