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EUR/USD in no man’s land: 3-Month DNT – SocGen

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    FXStreet_Team Well-Known Member Trader

    Oct 7, 2015
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    FXStreet (Delhi) – Research Team at Societe Generale, notes that the EUR/USD has been quite rangy since ECB’s December meeting, with spot oscillating between 1.0710 and 1.1050, and so has its implied volatility.

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    “EURUSD is pressured from below by its safe haven status and from above by the monetary policy divergence between the two central banks. This range-boundedness and the market’s indecisiveness are also reflected in the options market, with the 3-month 25 delta risk reversal trading close to flat (until now it has typically evolved between -1.5 and -0.8 in times of quiet).

    From a volatility perspective, 1m vol has collapsed while 2m and 3m vols remain comparatively high: indeed 3m implied vol trades above its realized one month (probably because it includes the next ECB meeting, 10th march).

    We also note that butterflies EUR/USD trade on the lows (the structure is long Volga).

    Moreover if you look at the 1 month realized vol (8.22 in CtC) versus the implied 3 months (10.20), even though the implied is contained, we still have room for further softening. To capitalize on the absence of momentum we like buying 3-month Double No Touch options.


    • Buy a 3-month EUR/USD Double No Touch 1.0470 / 1.1200
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    • Loss of premium if one of the barriers is reached over the 3-mont horizon.”
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