Event-Related Exchange-Rate Forecasts Combining Information from Betting Quotes and Option Prices
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Betting quotes provide valuable information on market-implied probabilities for outcomes of events like elections or referendums, which may have an impact on exchange rates. We generate exchange rate forecasts around such events based on a model that combines risk-neutral event probabilities implied from betting quotes with risk-neutral exchange rate densities extracted from currency option prices. Its application to predict exchange rates around the Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential elections shows that these forecasts – conditional on the respective outcomes – were accurate, and markets were able to separate their views on the likelihood and the impact of these events.