FXO Market Update - RBA delivers hawkish hike FXO Market Update - RBA delivers hawkish hike FXO Market Update - RBA delivers hawkish hike

FXO Market Update - RBA delivers hawkish hike

Summary:  AUD higher after RBA delivering a surprise hike of 25 bps, expected 15 bps, coupled with a hawkish statement. AUD around 1% higher on the day and vol continues to trade bid. We like to express a bullish AUD view through AUDNZD, to avoid the USD leg, with short vega strategies like covered calls or seagull structures.


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FX volatility, source Saxo Bank. Vol column: At-the-money volatility for the given maturity. 1w column: Change of the at-the-money volatility for the given maturity over the last week.
Source: Bloomberg, Blue: AUDNZD spot, Black: AUDNZD 1 month vol

Surprise hike from RBA today when they raised with 25 bps with market pricing a 15 bps hike. This was followed by a hawkish statement driving AUD 1.4% higher against the dollar before paring some gains.

AUDNZD is up close to 1% on the day and is testing the 2020 highs at 1.1045. Next stop would be the 2018 highs at 1.1175. We like to express a bullish AUD view in AUDNZD to avoid the USD leg. We continue to get more negative news out from NZ, latest headline: could take 3-5 years before tourism gets back to pre-covid levels. We think AUD will keep outperform NZD going forward.

AUDNZD vols trades higher with 1 month up 0.6 on the week and currently trades at 7.0 which is the highest level since April 2020 and the peak of the corona crisis. 1 month risk reversal is historically very stable and has trade most of the time between -0.25/+0.25 over the last years, it's currently trading at 0.1 for the topside.

We prefer doing covered calls or buying a seagull call structure instead as normally a call spread as we don’t have any risk reversal to work with.

Sell 1 month 1.1150 AUDNZD (covered) call
Receive 45 pips

Alternative

Buy 1 month 1.1075 AUDNZD call
Sell 1 month 1.1175 AUDNZD call
Sell 1 month 1.0975 AUDNZD put
Zero cost

Spot ref.: 1.1055

Source: Saxo Bank
  • 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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