NZD/JPY weakness to prevail - Avoid ITM shorts in put ladders

FX:NZDJPY   New Zealand Dollar/Japanese Yen
143 0 5
The pair rallied from 75.181 to 82.688, managed to sustain previous crucial supports at 80.250 resions but for now it is struggling to hold onto the resistance at 82.197 levels.

As shown on the daily charts , it has not been able to break this level quite a lot times in the recent past, and same does the support levels at 80.850, you can observe how the price behavior of this pair on either side after breaching this level in the recent historical evidences (see yellow circled areas).

More importantly, the formation of bearish patterns like hanging man and doji candles at 81.648 and 81.923 levels on weekly and daily charts respectively signifies weakness in previous rallies, looks like bulls have exhausted and given up.

The RSI oscillator has begun diverging at around 67 levels which is near overbought territory to the previous upswing rallies. This would mean that selling pressures are piling up.

Subsequently, %D crossover above 80's intensifies bears interests in the market, as a result we've seen today's lows at 81.005 to break the above support zone .

Intraday prices are attempting to slip below 10DMA which is again one more bearish indication. However, closing basis should be closely monitored.

If it does not manage to hold onto this level we could see near strong support only at 79.495 levels. Even if it shows upside potential we would still be safe but medium term it has to drop back.

Although we've been observing some bounces we could see with a dubious eyes on Kiwi fundamentals which are not that conducive and hence, we maintain long term bearish trend in our opinion.

Contemplating the puzzling trend in this pair, we’ve already advocated constructing put ladders so as to present leveraging effects in profitability.

As a result, 1 lot of short ITM             + 2 lots of ATM put longs are recommended accordingly.


Good sign for put option writers: Prices remained sideways or slightly swinging up (see daily technical charts), while IV is inching lower close to 14%.
Good sign for put holders: The pair is likely to perceive implied volatility close to 14% which is inching lower from 17%, holding 2 lots of ATM -0.50 delta puts or 1 ATM -0.50 delta and 1 OTM -0.71 delta put option with longer expiries (15D or 1M) since implied volatility is inching lower which is good for option holders.

What we could now foresee is that the time for those active long positions in ATM and OTM puts with longer tenors even though some abrupt minor rallies may be expected.

If you add ITM             puts on short side then they may be at risk of exercise, but those who’ve already deployed ITM             shorts in the recent past, you have nothing worry about this now as they've expired worthless.

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