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One of the easiest and most successful ways of trading the spot currency market is through the use of option expiry data. Options contracts are typically for sums of anywhere between million to million USD, and values beyond the range are not uncommon.
Since these are relatively large sums to be concentrated in a few minutes before the expiration, the traders of these options will do all that they can, within reasonable limits, to move the quote to the strike price of the option, provided that the quote is within about pips of the strike price at the time of expiry.
One important point that the forex trader can keep in mind is the distinction between the European style, and American style options. Since European style options can only be exercised at their expiration date, they are likely to be defended more vigorously if the quotes happen to be close to the strike price. In addition, at the beginning the trader is advised to utilize non-exotic expiries so called, vanilla put or call options for the strategy, as he betters his skills by examining contract types and similar details provided by the news providers.
As usual, there is no need to trade every option expiry that is reported. One can simply begin with smaller sums to test his knowledge, and then increase the size and scope of his trades as he gains experience. But even without the realization of these conditions sizable profits can be made with this method in a calm and unexcited market.
If the price quote is close to the strike price of the option, option traders and other market participants will attempt to steer the quote in direction they desire.
A strong sign that the option traders will defend their position is the early gravitation of the price quote to the strike price. After that, as the price reacts to the news, the quote may move away from the strike price in an unwanted.