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Is EURUSD Volatility About To Explode?

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With the end of Operation Twist's USD volatility repression, fading LTRO benefits, and various event risks (from elections to sovereign refinancings and bank downgrades/collateral calls) occurring, the gap between EURUSD implied volatility and European equity implied volatility is becoming excessive. FX volatility is extremely low (complacency high) but relative to equities it seems to offer a low-cost-long-vol bet on the chance of a risk-flare occurring. The last two times this has occurred (in the last year), EURUSD implied vol has rapidly caught up to equity's risk - why not third time the charm?

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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment Tinsu
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When EUR volume catches up, what happens? Market down? Dollar up? Bonds up?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment idea_hamster
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"[W]hy not third time the charm?"

Third time is enemy action.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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When EUR volume catches up, what happens? Market down? Dollar up? Bonds up?


Tits up.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Spooky Polish
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Somebody called tits ? 

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 13:24 | Link to Comment strongband
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EURUSD = T1000.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:48 | Link to Comment BlandJoe24
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"vol" in the above article/chart is "volatility" not "volume". 

Your confusion is understanable, since "vol" most commonly signifies "volume".  I suggest we use "vlty" or something like that when we mean "volatility" from now on, to avoid confusion.

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 01:21 | Link to Comment molecool
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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:48 | Link to Comment VonManstein
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something going on somewhere. dollars been defended ever since (un)employment release. realy volatile and now up on day by .20

this began prior greece rumour.. DXY been pushing lower resistence and today may have commited people to the idea we were going lower.. thats changed now and we see where we go from here.

i mean people do for some reason still prefer USD for safety so obviously it still haas some life in it

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:31 | Link to Comment blindfaith
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The DOJ hard at work.  Go to lunch, is the instruction given to the rating agencies.  Got Beer?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment WAMO556
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The political answer to a economic question - is their going to be volatility? Will the governments (US, EU, JAPAN, CHINA, ETC...) tolerate losing money? Nope. I would think not. Some goon squad guy will show up and say "you put your name on the paper or I put your brains on the paper". It took a long time for Rome to die AND they had BARBARIANS to deal with, now, not so much. But then again, I may be wrong and the shit hits the fan on Tuesday since Monday is a BANK HOLIDAY!! Just saying BITCHEZ!!!

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Don't we have margin increases to factor into the fun?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:56 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Only if the Fed allows it.  Everything in the markets feels like manipulation and control.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:53 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Euro about to break 1.30 headed south...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Roy Bush
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Not going to least not for for a while.  China buys the Euro as soon as it hits anywhere near 1.30.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:06 | Link to Comment ACP
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Put/call too high. Just about ripe for a hard-core ramp job in conjunction with the spooz.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Negro Primero
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Add This:

EU Political Event Risk Calendar


Date            Risk Event

5/6/2012      Presidential elections in France
5/6/2012      General election in Greece
5/6/2012      Schleswig-Holstein election in Germany
5/13/2012    North-Rhine Westphalia election in Germany
5/14/2012    Eurogroup/Ecofin meetings
5/31/2012    Irish referendum on fiscal compact
6/6/2012      ECB meeting & press conference
6/7/2012      Heads of State Summit**
6/10/2012    Parliamentary elections in France (1st round)
6/15/2012    Troika quarterly review **
6/15/2012    Greek Parliament to vote on fiscal austerity plan **
6/17/2012    Parliamentary elections in France (2nd round)
6/21/2012    Eurogroup/Ecofin meetings
7/1/2012      ESM starts to operate alongside EFSF
9/12/2012    Dutch Parliamentary elections
   2013          Federal election in Germany

Source: Morgan Stanley Research **denotes uncertain

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:35 | Link to Comment Doubleguns
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Thats a lot of horse shoes to toss. One of them might be a ringer. Maybe more than one, a lot more than one.

To bad it will all be manipulated into a foggy bottom myth.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 15:49 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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And these are just the "white swans".


Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:25 | Link to Comment zonkie
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Not so fast Tyler. There is a robot called QE rumour machine - it triggers whenever SP falls more than 20 points, bringing USD to where it started. 

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment cnhedge
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A gradual deterioration in the collateral backing multi-cedulas

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 15:53 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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"Which does make you wonder, if some other bond prices are now reflecting a “squeeze” premium rather than pure value."

Comedy gold. LOL

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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With low volatility in the EUR, a down draft looks iminent.


This pair well with the bullish count of the USD Index.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 15:35 | Link to Comment zerotohero
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - wake me up when something actually happens.

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