FXO Market Update - Nov 4
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: Polish central bank hiked with 75bps yesterday which was more than expected but not a huge surprise after the surge in inflation data. Spot trades at the high end of this year's range and we like to go short EURPLN at these levels for a move lower, either sell EURPLN calls or sell the risk reversal.
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Polish central bank hiked with 75bps yesterday, which was more than the expectations of a 25-50bps hike. The 75bps hike was not a huge surprise after the resent surge in inflation data. EURPLN spot dropped 200 pips on the announcement, but spot has closed the move today and we are back to levels seen before the announcement yesterday.
Spot trades at the high end of this year’s range and we don’t see spot making any new highs with the hawkish central bank as long as global risk sentiment remains positive.
Vols are relative unchanged with only the very front end of the curve market lower now when the event risk is priced out. 1 month trades 5.85 compared to 6.0 yesterday.
We like to sell some EURPLN calls or sell the risk reversal, sell call and buy put, for a move lower in spot.
Sell 1 month 4.6500 EURPLN call
Receive 145 pips
Buy 1 month 4.5500 EURPLN put
Cost 125 pips
- 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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