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There is no way to gauge whether the Fed is going to be hawkish or dovish in this meeting, financial markets, Wall Street is quite divided in its views, which sets up a potential volatile event.

I decided to place my straddles with the following details: –

GBPUSD:  Stop if Offered at 1.3560, Spot at 1.3592, Stop if Bid at 1.3620

USDJPY: Stop if Offered at 111.00, Spot at 111.34, Stop if Bid at 111.60

AUDUSD: Stop if Offered at 0.8050, Spot at 0.8083, Stop if bid at 0.8110

As it turned out, the Fed is HAWKISH!

All my trades was triggered!

I squared all three trades as follows: –

AUDUSD: Squared at 0.8002 for a trading profit of 47bps

USDJPY: Squared at 112.23 for a trading profit of 0.65yen

GBPUSD: Squared at 1.3473 for a trading profit of 87bps

Not a bad FOMC outcome!!!

Alot of noise was buzzing in the media, some FIs were expecting big moves and other lesser moves.

Mostly all in consensus that Draghi will give out something better this time around, then, again, some felt that it will be a non event like the last time.  Volatility also spiked up and shorts we scaled back compared to December 2015.

I decided to put in a wider straddle with the following details at 8:40pm: –

EURUSD  –  Stop if Offered; 1.0930 SL 1.0950, Spot; 1.0966, Stop if Bid; 1.1000, SL 1.0980

As it turned out, the refinancing rate was cut to 0% from 0.05% and the widely expected cut in deposit rates of 0.10% to negative 0.40% from -0.30% was offered and asset purchases we expanded from EUR60Bn to EUR80Bn.

EURUSD went south immediately to 1.0870 and held there for a while and then a few minutes ago, went slightly further down to 1.0835, I decided to square the position at 1.0860.  Spot is now 1.0867.  Locked in trading profits of 70bps!

Thank you Mario Draghi!

Will I be participating in the market later during the press conference?  Don’t know, maybe and maybe not, but certainly I will be in front of the screen and listening into the press conference.

Media buzz coming up to the ECB rate decision was somewhat subdued, most of the buzz agreed that Draghi won’t do anything today, after what he did in December 2015.

I wasn’t comfortable with today’s event so I decided not to put on my straddle and instead followed the market.

After the announcement that there was no change in interest rates and repurchase, the EURUSD stayed steady at 1.08990.

Seems that the market was looking forward to the press conference to ascertain how dovish or bullish Draghi was going to come across.

During the first few minutes of the press conference when Draghi was reading from the statement, the EURUSD shot up to 1.0925 when he said that the monetary policy taken in December was correct, more importantly, that it was in response to the economic situation.  He kept talking about comparing the monetary analysis and the economic analysis in deriving the appropriate monetary policy.

Then, when he started to say that the ECB has unlimited policy actions available to act if necessary, the EURUSD began to slide dropping back to 1.0880.

When it started to move down to 1.0850, I decided to chase the market and short the EURUSD at 1.0850.  Draghi further commented in the Q&A, that the ECB will review to reconsider to further easing if necessary and that it has unlimited tools it can use to achieve it’s goal.  The EURUSD continued its slide down to 1.0788.  At about 1.0791, I decided to square off the position and made a tidy trading profit of 59bps.  All this happened within the first 20mins of the press conference.

Ok, now I can peacefully spend Friday with my wife, to shop for the coming Chinese New Year, more importantly, we are indulging in a spa session tomorrow………..bonding time.

If I don’t get to wish everyone, here’s wishing all a great weekend.