FXO Market Update - Mar 01
Summary: Volatile start of the week with USDRUB trading up to 120 and EURUSD gap opened at 1.1150 of Sunday, down 100 pips from Friday close. Vols are marked higher and risk reversals are moved further in risk off direction. Realized vols have moved higher daily over the last week, EURUSD 1 month implied vol currently trades at 8.25 while 1 month realized trades at 9.0.
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.
A quick summary of the development in the option space over the last days.
Volatile start of the week with EURUSD gap down from 1.1275 close on Friday down to 1.1125 on Sunday opening. We saw the same risk move across the market with main selling in EUR crosses. Spot has recovered some of the move and EURUSD currently trades around 1.1200. USDRUB traded up to the area of 120 yesterday but has now traded back down to 100. 1 month USDRUB was quoted wide around 150 vol yesterday.
Vols higher in both G10 and EM, EURUSD 1 month traded up to 8.6 compared to a close at 7.10 of Friday. Risk reversals have move a lot towards the risk off side in all currency pairs with 1 month EURUSD trading from 0.6 for EURUSD puts on Friday to 1.40 today. The biggest moves have been seen in EUR crosses and CEE3 while USDJPY vols are just marginally higher. We have seen some selling of vol at the start today with EURUSD 1 month back down to 8.20 vol.
A big part of the higher vols are justified with a higher realized vol which we have seen increase daily over the last weeks and boosted by the big move yesterday. EURUSD 1 month realized vol trades at 9.0 (8.25 if we filter out the Sunday gap opening).PLN and HUF vols are both a lot higher over the last weeks. EURPLN 1 month trades at 11.5 compared to 6.0 at the end of January, EURHUF is up from 8.0 to 11.75 in the same time.
- 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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