GBPJPY has been spiking above 7DMA but not more than 21EMAs in the consolidation phase of the major declining trend. However, one month has been enough to wipe-off previous 5-months’ rallies (refer monthly plotting for February’s price slumps where bearish engulfing candle pattern has occurred). While both momentum indicators are bearish bias signaling overbought pressures. This shows the intensity of the major declining trend.
OTC updates: The OTC indications are also substantiating this bearish stance if you glance at the positively skewed IVs of GBPJPY of 2m tenors signify the mounting hedgers’ interests in OTM put strikes (bids upto 144 levels) and isn’t this a luring factor for a shrewd bear. While 2w/2m IVs of ATM contracts are trending between 8.5% - 9.5% that are the suitable combinations for diagonal ratio spreads structures.
Because the higher IVs with well-adjusted positive skewness signify the hedgers’ interest for both OTM call/put strikes. In usual circumstances, long option position needs higher IVs for significant change in vega. Hence, we capitalize on buzzing IVs in 2m tenor for long leg and improve odds on options below strategy.
The aggressive volatility investors want to capture GBP should consider buying ATM put instruments and/or being long of the smile convexity, against ATM volatility. Thus, ATM strikes are perceived to be more conducive than the OTMs.
Options Strategies: Any further GBPJPY upswings and/or weakness suggest building directional strategies as given below and volatility patterns at the same time.
1) In order to mitigate the mounting downside risks and keep them on the check, we advocate adding longs in 2 lots of (1%) OTM -0.49 delta puts of 2m tenor while writing 1 lot of 1% ITM put of 2m tenor. Payoff structure of this strategy has been exponential as the underlying spot FX keeps dipping (refer above payoff table).
Contemplating IV skewness and ongoing technical trend, we foresee the value of ATM options would likely rise significantly as the IVs seem to be favoring long legs of ATM strikes.
2) Dubious and risks averse traders, we advocate buying GBPJPY – USDJPY 1Y ATM straddle spread with equal JPY vega.
3) Alternatively, on hedging grounds, we advocate shorting futures contracts of near-month tenors as the underlying spot FX likely to target southwards 145 levels in the near run and 146 levels in the medium run.
Writers in a futures contract are expected to maintain margins in order to open and maintain a short futures position.
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