FxWirePro: MXN cheap valuation versus crude oil, US polls and 1m-3m ATM tenors

14 September 2016, 05:35
Eko Rediantoro

The MXN is around two standard deviations cheap versus oil prices as you can observe in the above chart (based on a weekly regression of FX and oil prices since 2014), while the rest of G10 and EM oil-driven currencies are within 0.5 standard deviations.

The risk premium in the MXN seems related to US politics, and specifically a non-negligible chance that Trump wins in November. Risk premium is not discernible in other currencies or asset classes.

Given the potential sensitivity of the MXN to a Trump victory, the term premium is most noticeable in USD calls. By comparison, the risk premium around the US election is non-existent in other EM currencies.

Selling MXN vol and buying vol in other EM currencies that might come under pressure (KRW, TWD, and TRY) might be worthwhile to consider.

In US election: impact on currency markets we analyse five transmission channels to build an EMFX Trump-vulnerability index.

There is a distinct kink in the MXN vol term structure between the 1m and 3m tenors that straddles the US election (November 8).

EM currencies fear Trump. The ZAR, MXN and MYR have been most sensitive to improvements in Donald Trump’s poll results.

Hence, short AUDMXN to fade US political risk premium and capture MXN being cheap vs. oil and AUD expensive vs. rate differentials (link).

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