Forex Options

FX Options Market Combined Volume Expiries for 28 May 2020

Thank you for visiting the Forex Academy FX Options market combined volume expiries section. Each day, where available, we will bring you notable maturities in FX Options of amounts of $100 million-plus, and where these large combined maturities at specified currency exchange rates often have a magnetic effect on price action, especially in the hours leading to their maturities, which happens daily at 10.00 AM Eastern time. This is because the big institutional players hedge their positions accordingly. Each option expiry should be considered ‘in-play’ with a good chance of a strike if labelled in red, still in play and a possible strike if labelled in orange and ‘out of play’ and an unlikely strike if labelled in blue, with regard to the likelihood of price action meeting the strike price at maturity.



FX option expiries for May 28 NY cut at 10:00 Eastern Time, via DTCC, can be found below.

– EUR/USD: EUR amounts

  • 1.0995 612m
  • 1.1020 673m

EURUSD pair on our one hour chart has begun to find a firm footing above the key 1.10 exchange rate. Currently oversold and trapped in a wedge formation the 1.1020 maturity is looking attractive. However, we have a slew of data coming out of the Eurozone area during the European session, including, inflation and personal spending and other data including initial claims due from the US before the 10 AM cut.

– GBP/USD: GBP amounts        

  • 1.2160 701m 

The GBPUSD pair saw a sharp bear reversal yesterday to the key 1.22 level, which was rejected. Price action is currently muted and consolidating as traders seek the next break out. Again, this may be dependent on the US data due out at 1.30 (BST). We could see another push lower due to uncertainties and tension regarding the trade EU trade talks. The 1.2160 maturity looks to be out of play.

– USD/JPY: USD amounts         

  • 106.95 360m
  • 107.00 535m
  • 107.10 369m
  • 107.75 400m
  • 107.90 1.8bn
  • 108.33 446m

USDJPY is currently trading in a tight consolidation range on our one hour chart. The 107.90 maturity is large at $1.8 Bn and will prove to be a strong magnet for price action up to the release of the US data and then on to the New York Cut. 5 previous attempts at similar high levels have resulted in a push lower.

– NZD/USD: NZD amounts

  • 0.6230 209m 

NZDUSD is in a tight bullish channel where the price action is somewhat muted. The pair will likely conform with the general trend in the US Dollar (long US dollar short NZ $ or vice versa) during the European and US session. The 0.6230 maturity is in play.


As you can see on the charts we have also plotted the expiration levels at the various exchange rate maturities and we have also labelled in red, orange and blue. Therefore, if you see option expiry exchange rates labelled in red these should be considered in-play, because we believe there is a greater chance of the expiry maturing at these levels based on technical analysis at the time of writing. There is still a lesser possibility of a strike if they are in orange and so these are ‘in-play’ too. However, if we have labelled them in blue, they should be considered ‘not in-play’ and therefore price action would be unlikely to reach these levels, which are often referred to as Strikes, at the time of the 10 AM New York cut.

Our technical analysis is based on exchange rates which may be several hours earlier in the day and may not reflect price action at the time of the maturities. Also, we have not factored in economic data releases or keynote speeches by policymakers, or potential market volatility leading up to the cut.

Although we have added some technical analysis we suggest you take the levels and plot them onto your own trading charts and incorporate the information into your own trading methodology in order to use the information to your advantage.

Remember the higher the amount, the larger the gravitational pull towards the exchange rate maturity at 10:00 AM Eastern time.

If you want to learn how forex option expiries affect price action in the spot FX market see our educational article by clicking here:

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this information is for educational purposes. Also, the maturities will look more or less likely to become a strike at 10 AM NY time due to exchange rate fluctuations resulting in a different perspective with regard to technical analysis, and also due to upcoming economic data releases for the associated pairs.


By Kevin O'Sullivan

I spent 20 years as an institutional currency broker, working at some of the best broking houses in the world and traded in Cash, Bonds, and Forward Rate Agreements.

In the early 1990's I moved into Spot FX and FX Forwards. I regularly closed deals of $25 million and sometimes up to $1 billion per ticket. Since then I act as an analyst, and commentator and have devised my own Forex educational course.

I also act as an advisor and educator for HNWI, financial institutions in the USA and want to make Forex trading available for new retail traders and seasoned professionals alike.

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