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MAY 28, 2024

Granular Data Powers Up Forward FX Strategies: New Change FX Forwards365™ reveals EUR/USD Curve Nuances

Granular Data Powers Up Forward FX Strategies: Unveiling EUR/USD Curve Nuances

Foreign exchange (FX) markets thrive on precision. However, navigating forward FX contracts often relied on broad data points, leaving users vulnerable to hidden risks and missed opportunities. New Change FX is changing the game with its granular data on forward FX curves, particularly for the EUR/USD forward curve, the world's most traded instrument.

ECB Update Drives Month-End "Turns" Back into Focus

Recent developments underscore the importance of granular data. On March 13th, the European Central Bank (ECB) updated its operational guidance regarding minimum reserve requirements for banks. While the specifics are not crucial here, the update incentivizes banks to reduce Euro holdings relative to Dollars around month-end, as excess Euro reserves earn no interest.

This seemingly minor change significantly impacts forward FX contracts. As New Change FX's Forward365 customers know, month-end turns for EUR/USD are back in play, requiring careful planning for optimal roll strategies.

Charting the Advantage: Granularity Pays Off

New Change FX's advantage lies in its granular data, showcased in the chart below

This chart, specific to the EUR/USD NCFX Forward365 curve, unveils critical details:

Size and Timing of Turns: The chart clearly depicts the precise size and timing of these month-end turns, empowering traders to make informed decisions.

Central Bank Impact: The influence of central bank meetings, like the recent ECB update, is readily apparent, allowing for proactive strategy adjustments.

Basis Development: The chart tracks the development of basis points (interest rate differentials) across all dates up to one year.

Imagine the distinct advantage NCFX Forward365 customers have compared to their peers lacking this level of detail. Take the recent month-end turn in April, shortly after the ECB update. The data revealed a whopping 60 basis point premium for Dollars. While May and June premiums have settled around 30 basis points, the advantage of precise data remains clear.

Beyond EUR/USD: A Growing Data Landscape

New Change FX isn't stopping there. Our data continuously updates customers on the EUR/USD curve and a growing list of 18 other primary USD-related curves and their crosses. This comprehensive approach ensures users have the information they need to navigate the complexities of the FX market with greater precision and confidence.

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