FxWirePro: Achieve Trade Edge in GBP/USD put options ratio spreads bidding 3m/1m skews

In this write-up, we emphasize on what makes the difference between a trader and a successful trader.

Many times, despite the traders’ calls go right, they end up losing money. Well, it doesn’t need to make them as successful traders. There is much difference between a trader and a successful trader, because, every trader has strengths and weakness, be it any asset class or be it any trading instrument. As per some legendary trading quote, “some are good holders of winners but may hold their losers a little too long. Others may cut their winners a little short, but are quick to take their losses.”

An ordinary trader is the one who could be right 8 out of 10 times, whereas a successful trader is the one who makes more money than an ordinary trader even when whose calls are right only 2 out of 10 times.

It all depends on how much return that your strategy has fetched you when your trade convictions are right. Well, in that perspective, before proceeding further let’s just quickly glance at OTC outlook and suitable strategy for GBPUSD swings.

OTC outlook: The positively skewed implied volatilities of 3m tenors have still stretched towards OTM put strikes, whereas 1m skews have been well-balanced on either side. While bearish neutral risk reversal numbers have been observed in the GBPUSD risk reversals across all tenors. To substantiate the downside risk sentiment, risk reversals have also been signaling bearish hedging sentiments.

From the GBP OTC outlook, amid major downtrend we reckon that the sterling should not suffer like before, but, one should not disregard the Brexit settlement risks on the other hand. The market has always ignored the fact that all the current BoE interest rate moves are due to a favorable result of the Brexit process.

Both the speculators and hedgers of GBPUSD are advised to capitalize on the abrupt price rallies for bearish risks in the long run and bidding theta shorts in short run (1m IVs) and 3m risks reversals to optimally utilize delta longs.

Strategic Options Recommendations: Contemplating the above factors, we load up more delta long instruments comprising of ATM puts, simultaneously, OTM shorts in short-term would optimize the strategy.

So, the execution of strategy goes this way: Short 1m (1%) OTM put option (position seems good even if the underlying spot goes either sideways or spikes mildly), simultaneously, initiate longs in 2 lots of 3m ATM -0.49 delta put options. 

The position is a spread with limited loss potential, but varying profit potential. The degree of profit relies on the strength and rapidity of price movement. The position uses long and short puts in a ratio, such as 2:1 or 3:2, to maximize returns as explained above. In most long/short spreads, you make money if the spot fx moves, but you lose if it remains in the middle “loss zone.” A ratio put back spread is different because it reduces the cost of trading as it generates credit also from short leg, so even if the underlying spot FX price does not move very much, you keep the credit if all of the puts expire worthless.

Every underlying move towards the ITM territory increases the Vega, Gamma, and Delta which boosts premium. Courtesy: Sentrix & Saxo

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly GBP spot index is inching towards 63 levels (which is bullish), and hourly USD spot index has bearish index is creeping at -32 (bearish) while articulating (at 08:33 GMT). 

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