FxWirePro: Hedge Renewed Aud Weakness Upon Risks of RBA'ss Easing Cycle

FxWirePro: Hedge Renewed Aud Weakness Upon Risks of RBA'ss Easing Cycle

17 May 2016, 17:19
Roberto Jacobs

FxWirePro: Hedge Renewed Aud Weakness Upon Risks of RBA'ss Easing Cycle

The RBA doesn’t seem to have finished cutting interest rates, and markets should refocus on China woes in H2. AUD/USD is lagging the dovish pricing of rates, the technical picture shows vulnerability and long positioning is stretched.

In the volatility space, downside skew is overpriced given the low sensitivity of volatility to spot moves. It suggests selling downside Vega.

Hedging Framework:

Please be aware of IVs of AUD & GBP crosses have been spiking in swift pace over longer period of time, especially for 1m to 1y tenors. In AUD/USD, we could very well observe a new rising hedging positioning for 1m tenors for bearish risks.

The gradual rise over long run could be viewed as better opportunity for options strategies using knock in strikes and narrow expiries.

We recommend Buying a 3m put strike 0.72 with a knock-out set at 0.77, two figures below the year-to date low.

Buy AUD/USD 3m/1m put strike 0.72, knock-out 0.77, indicative offer: 0.60% (vs 2% for the vanilla, spot ref: 0.7334).

Risks associated with trade: AUD/USD falling below year-to-date low within no time. Investors buying a knock-out option cannot lose more than the premium initially invested. The option will however cease to exist if AUD/USD touches 0.77 at any time before the 3m expiry.

The recommendation for buying an AUD/USD 1m put strike 0.72 with a topside knock-in at 0.7770. The option was duly activated as the spot culminated at 0.7828 levels two weeks later before subsequently declining.

Unfortunately, this 1m option expired too early to deliver a positive payoff, as the spot was just above the strike at this time. We think that this is an ideal timing right now to reset bearish AUD positions via options as you can probably understand OTC sentiments of AUD/USD pair through delta risk reversal numbers, since the RBA is not finished making cuts and China woes should undermine confidence too again in H2.

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