Deutche Bank's four scenarios for Thursday's plays
Thursday is knocking on our door when the Game will change with FED's maybe faithful decision regarding its rate policy. There are four main FOMC scenarios for the market to consider: a "dovish hike"; a "hawkish hold"; a "dovish hold", or a "hawkish hike".
According to Deutche Bank, these are the scenarios. In addition to their opinion how things will play and the market impact it will have, they add the following: "If one was putting a probability on the above four scenarios: 70% chance of a "hawkish hold"; ~20% of a "dovish hold" (no overt attempt to make it clear that October is "live"); 10% of a so called "dovish hike" - that as emphasized below, won't prove dovish at all; and, close to zero (call it less than 1%) chance of "hawkish hike" signaling more than a gradual path for rate hikes going forward".
"There is no such thing as a "dovish hike" - a surprise hike would be a huge (hawkish) change in FED regime, showing the Yellen FED is no longer willing to "baby - sit" long risk exposure" - DB adds to the argument.
Stating this from DB's perspective only three actual scenarios remain with their market impact:
1 - A "hawkish hold" reaction: We will know about the hold part immediately with the first headlines, and that should be helpful for risk and a small negative for the USD, given there is still a modest (~20% probability) of a 25bp hike priced in for this meeting. Thereafter we could hear from Yellen that October is "live", which will undercut the response to the hold marginally. The more sustained reaction will likely include, some stale USD longs and risk shorts getting squeeze perhaps for few weeks because both the US and China stories are going off the boil. Thereafter strategic mediumterm books will buy USD dips before the October FOMC meeting.
2 - A "dovish hike" and a "hawkish hike" reaction should very quickly turn into close to the same thing: a rout of risk appetite that is very USD positive.
3 - A "dovish hold" that does not overt make October "live". This will temporarily give risk parameters a nice lift, and further aid the selective positioning squeeze we have seen in some currencies notably AUD and ZAR. Howere beware, this trade probably has only a few weeks window.
This ends the overall view of Deutche Bank on the upcoming events for Thursday.
If you can't handle the trade - stay out of it and wait for the dust to settle. If you are a risky player - I wish you firm discipline and good luck!