FxWirePro: USD/CHF options trading via strangle shorts and 3-way straddles to hedge ahead of SNB

Ahead of Swiss National Bank’s monetary policy that is scheduled for this week, we expect the SNB to maintain its expansionary monetary policy stance (libor rate to remain on hold at -0.75%).

We have upgraded the risk bias around the forecasts from CHF negative to neutral. The pair (USDCHF) has been oscillating between 1.0354 – 0.8715 levels from the last couple of months. This long-lasting tight range-bounded major trend likely to prolong further.

OTC Updates and Options Strategy: 

Amid the tepid underlying spot FX movements, let’s just quickly glance through implied volatility (IV) nutshell before deep diving into the strategic frameworks of USDCHF. CHF crosses are showing the least IVs among G10 FX bloc (1m IVs are at 4.7% and 3.51%for USDCHF and EURCHF respectively).

IV factor is highly imperative in FX option dynamics because the option pricing significantly depends on future volatility.

Ascertaining future volatility accurately is almost impossible for any FX veteran. Nevertheless, computing the marketplace’s expected future volatility is quite feasible using the option’s price itself which is known as implied volatility (IV). 

3-Way Option Straddle Strategy on Hedging Grounds: Contemplating non-directional trend and all other above rationale, the recommendation would be buying (1m) At the money +0.51 delta call and at the money -0.49 delta put options with similar expiries, simultaneously shorting an OTM call of 2w expiries.

USDCHF Strangle Shorts: As you could observe the swings in the major trend have been oscillating between 1.0354 and 0.8715 levels since June 2015 and most importantly, capitalizing on sluggish IVs it is wise to short (0.5%) out-of-the-money call and (0.5%) out-of-the-money put options of 2w tenor. The strategy can be executed at the net credit and certain yields would be derived in the form of initial premium received as long as the underlying spot FX remains between OTM strikes on the expiration. Courtesy: 

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly CHF spot index is inching towards 86 levels (which is bullish), hourly USD spot index was at -98 (bearish), while articulating (at 12:48 GMT). 

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