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FxWirePro: Rosy times for NZD/USD put writers – 1m/3m OTM/ITM combinations in “Put Ratio Back Spreads” to smart hedge

If the RBNZ remains inflexibly on hold, as widely anticipated, and the US dollar rises on the expectation of further Fed interest rate rises in 2018, then NZDUSD should drop to 0.67 over the next few months.

OTC Outlook and Options Trade Recommendations:

Let’s glance through nutshell evidencing IV skews that signify hedger’s bearish interests in next 3-months timeframe. Positively skewed IVs of this tenor signal underlying spot FX is expected to be lowering southwards as the skews have been flashing positive numbers on OTM strikes upto 0.6850 or below.

Please noted that the 1% out of the money puts of 1m tenors are exorbitantly priced over 22.5%, whereas this pair has been no exception from low vols environment, 1m IVs are just shy above 7.7%. Hence, the option premium of this OTM put is deemed as the overpriced instrument. Lower IV environment while rising underlying spot sentiments would be conducive for option writers of such overpriced puts.

Accordingly, at spot reference: 0.7092, since the 3m skews are targeting OTM put strikes at 0.6850, we’ve recommended put ratio back spreads in order to participate both momentary upswings in the consolidation phase and anticipated downside risks.

Hence, the strategy reads this way - writing 1m (1%) in the money put with positive theta snapping decisive rallies, you could easily make out short legs on OTM puts would go worthless considering time decay advantage. Simultaneously, we uphold 2 lots of longs in 3m 1% ITM puts, the structure could be constructed either at net debit.

Theta shorts are recommended in this strategy because Theta is not a constant, it changes as the underlying market moves and time passes. Theta is the sensitivity of an option’s value to the passage of time. It is usually expressed as the change in value per one day’s passage of time.

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly NZD spot index is inching towards 108 levels (which is bullish), while hourly USD spot index was at -102 (highly bearish) while articulating (at 07:47 GMT). For more details on the index, please refer below weblink:

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

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