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Load up weights in NZD/USD option

26 May 2016

Markets have been focused on the NZ trade balance and budget. NZ April 2016 Merchandise Trade prints positive numbers that drives NZD's strength for the moment. Balance: $292m (Market f/c: $117m)

Exports : $4,300m (Market: $4,420m) 
Imports: $4,008m (Market: $4,090m)

Annual balance: -$3,658m (previous: -$3,766m)

Elsewhere, a weak headline jobs number with solid wage growth in US could signal capacity constraints, US unemployment rate is also focus for the day.

With markets pricing very little chance (10%) of a June rate hike, and just north of 50% chance of 1 hike this year there is room for upside and downside surprises.

We are sceptical on NZ budget. From 2018 the economy may be weaker than the Treasury is forecasting due to the wind-down of the Canterbury rebuild and a cooling of the current borrow-and-spend dynamic.

Furthermore, this Budget made no allowance for tax cuts. In reality, tax cuts are a possibility.

Furthermore, RBNZ doesn’t really seem to have eased their economy by reducing 25 bps OCR in last month end or it may take time to factor in this monetary policy decision as GDP (q/q), GDT price index, manufacturing PMIs have reduced considerably and unemployment rates have increased on the other side. Market pricing assigns a 50% chance of the RBNZ cutting on 9 June.

OTC outlook & Hedging Frameworks:

1W ATM IVs are at 10.11% and 12.81% for 1m tenors.

Have a look at the sensitivity table for the different rate scenarios and their probabilistic outcomes, OTM put strikes with higher probabilities and higher gamma would mean that during higher volatility times, these strikes are most likely to finish in the money on expiration.

We've just referred 0.50% OTM put strikes and their vols, it still shows 0.3929 as delta values for underlying outrights with 63% of probabilities, that means 63% chances of finishing in-the-money which is why for demonstration purpose, as shown in the figure we consider the NZDUSD ATM instruments while formulating option strips strategy at spot FX ref: 0.6837.

Hence, Weights are to be more to favour downside risks (3:1), as a result, we recommend holding 2W at-the-money 0.51 delta call and simultaneously hold 1 lot of 1M at-the-money -0.49 delta put options and 2lot of 2M (1%) Out-Of-The-Money -0.36 delta put option.



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