FXO Market Update - Vols supported after FED
Summary: FED hiked with 75bps as expected and the statement was seen as dovish by the market. USD vols supported with GDP and job data today.
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.
FED hiked with 75bps as expected and the statement was seen as dovish by the market. EURUSD traded up around 100 pips and now sits in the middle of last two weeks range.
Vols marked lower after the event as usual but 1 week just down 0.5 vol and currently trades around 11.00, 1 month down about the same to 10.40. We have GDP and job data out of US today which support front-end vols but next week we have no data before NFP on Friday. Vols should take another leg lower after the GDP data today and we like to sell 1 week strangles with spot back in the middle of the range.
Sell 1 week 1.0100 EURUSD put
Sell 1 week 1.0300 EURUSD call
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- 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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