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FX Options Market Combined Volume Expiries for 30th October 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 Friday October 29 at the 10am NY cut

EUR/USD (EUR amounts)

  •  1.1700 649m
  •  1.1750 1.2bn
  •  1.1800 2.2bn

EURUSD pair is trying to recover some of the lost ground from the last 3 days of heavy selling for the pair. EURO area and US data up later, end of month positioning, US election positioning could cause severe volatility for this pair and all currencies and financial assets.

USD/JPY (USD amounts)

  •  104.00 1.4bn
  •  104.50 2.6bn
  •  104.60 375m
  •  104.80 502m
  •  104.85 1.2bn
  •  105.00 945m
  •  106.00 501m
  •  106.05 1.7bn

USDJPY, we correctly predicted a push to the 104.00 area yesterday as yen gets bought as a safe haven asset in the lead to the US presidential election. We have established a likely rang on the chart today.

GBP/USD (GBP amounts)

  •  1.2800 254m
  •  1.2965 201m
  •  1.3000 398m
  •  1.3100 363m

GBPUSD, the lure of a possible Brexit future tariff-free trade deal with the EU is helping the pound remain as strong as it has been. It is currently in a narrow range with US elections likely to cause volatility along with EU UK announcement on any progress and US data out later.

USD/CAD (USD amounts)

  •  1.3150 1.3bn

USDCAD is looking to squeeze out of a wedge formation but the option expiry is out of play


As you can see on the preferred 1-hour chart(s), 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: https://bit.ly/2VR2Nji

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.


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