FXO Market Update - Oct 07
OTC Derivatives Trading
Summary: EURHUF has traded up from 350 to 360 over the last month after a more dovish NBH than expected at the last meeting and as the market trades in a risk off mode. 1 month vol has traded up from 5.50 to 7.00 and risk reversals trades better bid for upside. We see good value in selling EURHUF calls after the rally in spot, vol and risk reversals.
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EURHUF has traded up from 350 a month ago to currently trade just below 360 after a more dovish NBH at the last meeting and as the market has turned to trade in risk off mode over the last weeks. The first resistance on the topside is the July highs at 362 before the double top at 369.
Vols have traded sharply higher with the move higher in spot. 1 month has moved from 5.5 vol a month ago to currently trade at 7.0 vol which is at the high end, 78th percentile, of last year’s range. The risk reversals have followed spot and vol higher with 1 month up from 0.5 to 0.75 favoring topside.
We like to sell some EURHUF calls with spot, vol and risk reversal all trades relative high compared to history.
Sell 2 weeks 362.50 EURHUF call
Receive 60 pips
Sell 1 month 365.00 EURHUF call
Receive 105 pips
Spot ref. 358.50
- 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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