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FxWirePro: “Diagonal Options Combinations” of Delta Longs and Theta Shorts to Optimize GBP/USD Hedging

We see the minor shift in risk reversals but major bearish hedging sentiments remain intact, both negative and positive bids are observed in the GBPUSD risk reversals of 1w and 3m tenors respectively. While positively skewed implied volatilities of 3m tenors also show hedging interests in bids for OTM puts that signal bearish risks. 

We reckon that the sterling should not suffer like before, but, one should not disregard the Fed’s hiking cycle 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 prevailing price rallies for bearish risks and bidding theta shorts in short run (1m IVs) and 3m risks reversals to optimally utilize delta longs.

Strategic Options Recommendations: On hedging grounds, fresh delta longs for long-term hedging comprising of ATM instruments and OTM shorts in short-term would optimize the strategy.

So, the execution of hedging positions 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 3m ATM -0.49 delta put options. A move towards the ATM territory increases the Vega, Gamma, and Delta which boosts premium.

Thereby, the above positions address both upswings that are prevailing in the short run and bearish risks in long run by delta longs. Courtesy: Sentrix & Saxobank

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly GBP spot index is inching towards 9 levels (which is neutral), and hourly USD spot index has bearish index is creeping at 36 (bullish) while articulating (at 07:31 GMT). 

For more details on the index, please refer below weblink: http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex

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