• FxWirePro: use momentary PLN loses in put ladder to hedge USD/PLN depreciating risks on Polish rate cut expectations

    Source: FxWire Pro - Central Bank / 26 Aug 2016 08:23:58   Eastern Standard Time

    As per the National Bank of Poland’s MPC, the latest minutes unpredictably indicated that several MPC members are willing to consider rate cuts. This comes as a surprise because individual interviews in recent months tended to show a rather complacent picture, with most MPC members asserting that strong growth and a tightening labour market all but rule out further monetary easing.

    This appears to have changed following the weaker Q2 GDP reading and declining PMI in recent months. While the council as a whole still prefers stable rates, several members no longer exclude rate cuts in coming quarters if growth were to keep decelerating and deflation to continue. The base-case is for 50 bps lower rates than now by the end of this year.

    Currency Option Strategy: USDPLN Short Put Ladder

    Rationale: Unlimited downside and limited upside profit potential, on daily technical charts the pair has been spiking higher and attempting to go beyond 21DMAs, any abrupt upswings in upcoming days and major downtrend would be taken by below option strategy.

    Execution of the strategy: Short 1W (1%) ITM put option and simultaneously add longs on 1M ATM -0.49 delta put option and one more 2M (1%) OTM -0.35delta put option.

    Please be noted that the tenors shown in the diagram are just for demonstration purpose only, use accurate tenor as stated above.

    Maximum returns are limited to the extent of initial credit received if the USDPLN rallies above the upper breakeven point (BEP) but large unlimited profit can be achieved should the underlying exchange rate of USDPLN makes a vivid downswings below the lower BEP.