It Is All About The Edge

Little Rocketman has certainly created much anxiety in the financial markets. Further, the planned reversal of QE is envisaged to have greater impacts on emerging markets. Foreign funds have continued (?) to sell their positions on the Malaysia’s stock exchange. The FBMKLCI has suffered a 6-day consecutive decline. Are we in an oversold position?

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If Rocketman decides to launch a missile, there could be more downside risks. Assuming that I would like to take a punt by taking a long position (i.e the KLCI is currently oversold), I may want to consider the following structured warrant:

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Finding My Edge For A Long Position

To re-iterate again and again, I do not have the crystal ball to foresee what is going to happen in the next few days. More importantly, one should understand the trading edge before executing a position. So, what is the edge for this bet?

1.  Support, Support, Support

If you see the following hourly chart, there could be some possible zonal support around 1,761 ( a clear rebound). The next point of defense will be at 1,756.

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2.  Implied Volatility < Actual Volatility

At current warrant price of RM0.05, the implied volatility of the underlying could be in the low range of 3% – 4%. Relatively lower than the actual volatility.

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Actual volatility has spiked up to 9.40% , as of today:

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3. Seasonality may matter

With FBMKLCI-C3F, I have more than 180 days prior to the expiry of the warrant in March 2018. Based on the following seasonality table:

  • Possible profit taking opportunity in the months of October, December and March which appear to be historically positive (m-o-m basis)
  • Be cautious (with a possibility of taking stop-loss) in historically weak months of November and January

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