Menu

Search

Menu

Search

FxWirePro: Hawkish BoC unlikely to hike this season on Canadian GDP but constructive through 2018 - CAD/JPY options strips on its well functionality

Canadian GDP data is scheduled to be announced today, these prints on MoM basis likely to shrink a bit from previous 0.4% to 0.1% as per the consensus. While QoQ basis likely to post 2% which is well in line with the central bank’s target. The Canadian economy advanced 0.4% on quarter in the three months to September of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1% growth in the previous period. 

Solid growth to push the BoC on the hawkish side. Market pricing is currently similar for the BoC and the Fed, with the probability of two hikes in 2018 slightly above 30%. Indeed, the CAD has been boosted by the BoC's decision to raise rates to 1.25% from 1%, earlier than expected, on the back of a brighter-than-expected economic performance.

In our view, the market consensus is too gloomy on the drag to the Canadian economy from the housing market. While inflation has not yet reached the 2% target, growth indicators (consumer spending, employment) surprised on the upside, suggesting further monetary tightening (refer above chart) as Canadian real GDP is close to 3%.

While the local oil prices rise sustainably above $60/bbl triggering a renewed investment cycle that likely to cushion loonie.

OTC outlook and FX options strategy: Option strips (CADJPY)

CADJPY is one of the better candidates since recent CAD weakness has undershot recent moves in oil and rate spreads.

Well, please be noted that the positively skewed ATM IVs of 2m tenors indicate the hedging interests of OTM put strikes upto 80 levels.

Technically, we’ve already stated in our recent write-up that the current week prices tumbled well below 21EMA levels with flurry of bearish indications, such as 3-black crow candlestick pattern (which is bearish in nature), bearish DMA & MACD crossovers, broken wedge baseline with intensified bearish momentum, thereby, one could expect more slumps as both the leading oscillators have been constantly converging downwards to signal weakness. In this process, CADJPY spot FX has tumbled from 91.581 to the current 82.461, more dips seem to be on cards (refer our post on the technical section for more reading).

Well, to factor-in all above stated driving forces, we reckon that the underlying pair has equal chances of moving on either side but with more potential on the downside, accordingly, we’ve already advocated options strips strategy in the past.

We continue to reiterate it is wise to initiate longs in 2 lots of 2m ATM -0.49 delta puts, simultaneously, add long in 1 lot of +0.51 delta call of the same expiry, the payoff function of the strategy is likely to derive positive cashflows regardless of swings but more potential from the underlying spot FX moves towards downside.

The risk is limited to the extent of premium paid to buy the options.
The reward is unlimited until the expiry of the option.

Please note that the trader can still make money even if he was wrong, that means the strategy likely to derive handsome yields in premiums regardless of swings. But the spot FX has to move in the opposite direction really fast. The 1 call bought has to beat the cost of buying all the options and still bring in some profits.

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly CAD spot index is displaying shy above -69 levels (bearish), while hourly JPY spot index was at 28 (mildly bullish) while articulating (at 07:27 GMT). For more details on the index, please refer below weblink:

http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex

FxWirePro launches Absolute Return Managed Program. For more details, visit: 

http://www.fxwirepro.com/invest

  • ET PRO
  • Market Data

Market-moving news and views, 24 hours a day >

September 18 14:00 UTC Released

USNAHB Housing Market Indx

Actual

67 %

Forecast

66 %

Previous

67 %

September 18 13:00 UTC Released

RUPPI YY

Actual

15.3 %

Forecast

Previous

16.6 %

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

January 22 19:00 UTC 344076344076m

ARTrade Balance

Actual

Forecast

Previous

-1541 %

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

January 22 19:00 UTC 344076344076m

ARTrade Balance

Actual

Forecast

Previous

-1541 %

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

January 31 00:00 UTC 332256332256m

ARAnnual Primary Balance*

Actual

Forecast

2016 bln ARS

Previous

Bln AR bln ARS

Close

Welcome to EconoTimes

Sign up for daily updates for the most important
stories unfolding in the global economy.