Risk of USD/JPY Weakness Seen in the Options Markets


The next Bank of Japan meeting is scheduled for 16 June which will be the second meeting with new governor Ueda in charge. There is a possibility that the Ueda will make changes to the BOJ yield curve controls. The market is starting to position for the risk of a downward move in USD via options.


Firstly, when the 1-month volatilities rolled to a date which included the announcement, we can see the 1-month traded volatility jumped about 1.6% (from 9.2% to 10.8%). This is in a market that was otherwise trending lower.

Secondly, we have seen on the same date the bias on the JPY calls (USD puts) increased from 1.2% to 1.7%.

USDJPY Analysis

The chart above shows the USD/JPY 1-month volatility in white and as a reference the 2-week USD/JPY volatility in blue.

The chart below shows the USD/JPY 1-month risk reversal in white and as a reference the 2-week USD/JPY in blue. The negative number shows that 25 delta JPY calls (USD puts) trade above the equivalent puts.

USDJPY Analysis2

What is this big movement in the USD/JPY option volatilities telling us?

Firstly, is that there is now some movement expected from the Bank of Japan.   This is something that we have seen very little of over the years.   Secondly, we are expecting to see more volatility in the USD/JPY.


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About Michael Buck


Michael Buck is part of GPS’ trade desk in Perth, Australia. He has worked in foreign exchange specializing in derivatives in London, New York and Australia. He has been both a trader at bank and has developed pricing and risk software solutions.