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FxWirePro: AUD/JPY projections for Q1’2018 and risk mitigating framework bidding OTC contracts

RBA maintains status quo in its today’s cash rates decision, (actual 1.50% against consensus and previous 1.50%), while Australia recorded a current account deficit of AUD 9,125 million in Q3 of 2017, down by AUD 539 million when compared to the same quarter of last year and compared to market expectations of AUD 9,200 million gap.

The balance of goods and services surplus in the September quarter was AUD 3,056 million (- AUD 376 million). Meantime, the primary income deficit fell AUD 1,044 million to AUD 11,968 million.

Trade balance and quarterly GDP data announcement are scheduled for this week on the Aussie side. On the other hand, Japanese CPI and final GDP flashes are also lined up.

While as per the JP Morgan’s projections, AUDJPY is seen at 79 by Q1’2018.

Hedging framework (AUDJPY):

On hedging grounds, risk-averse traders, capitalizing ongoing rallies of the underlying spot FX, we advocate snapping rallies and buying a 6M 84.250 AUDJPY one-touch put.

Please be noted that the 1m ATM IVs of this pair is trading at 12.20%. While OTM put is priced at 6.2% of NPV which is in sync with IVs of this tenor and reasonable contemplating above bearish risk factors.

Those who wish to reduce the cost of hedging; we advocate buying 4M sell 2M AUDJPY put spreads at 86/90.159 strike in 1:0.753 notionals.

Vols of 2m tenors are on the lower side which is conducive for option writers, hence, we’ve chosen ITM striking put as we agree with JP Morgan’s projections.

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly AUD spot index is inching towards 73 levels (bullish), while hourly JPY spot index was at shy above -20 (neutral) while articulating at 08:36 GMT. For more details on the index, please refer below weblink:

http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex.

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