UPDATE: A tactical short in Jan 2020 Fed Fund futures

Short Term / Sell

Kay Van-Petersen

Global Macro Strategist

Instrument: Jan 2020 Fed Fund future
Price Target: 97.34
Market Price: 97.6350

Parameters:

Background

(UPDATE:  Whilst it's probably nothing but a little consolidation, we are closing out the tactical Jan 2020 FFF at these 97.40 levels. Yes, we got to 97.345 overnight, just shy of our 97.3400 target,  but at the end of the day,  it's still been a magnificent trade. It was the bigger risk at 300 basis points, netting a +24bp move on the short and adding a total return to the portfolio of +2.67% Our two tactical FFF trades have now added a combined total of +3.94% to our book in a little over a week and a half. Sometimes you've just got to bank it and run, price targets be damned!)


As originally published on 30.05.2018:

This outlines a tactical short in Jan 2020 Fed Fund futures given adverse moves over the last few trading days, with the market price at 97.6350 in Asia on Wednesday morning, the market is implying +2.66x hikes between now and the end of 2019 19 months!). 

 The tactical thesis here is that this has been a overshoot driven by position clearing out, risks in Europe, EM and the Korean Peninsula.

Management and risk description

300bp risk with a stop at 97.900

Key risks are of course:

A lot more pain on the position clearing that we’ve been seeing in the Fed Fund futures (i.e. more noise)
Italy/Spain/Europe risks have a bigger spill over effect into markets 
And of course the biggest risk of them all – the Fed does not hike on Jun 13… which would cause the mother of all expectations to be repriced…


Parameters

Entry:  97.6350

Stop: 97.90

Target: 97.34, yet as always with an option to close down the trade earlier

Time horizon: Two to three weeks (14 days to potential June 13 Fed hike)

-- Edited by

Clare MacCarthy

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