Product features

Quanto Options (Quantitative Options) are financial tools which allow to hedge joint-risk of two underlyings. They were developed and are widely used in the FX market, and nowadays used also for hedging the joint price-volume risk in the wholesale energy market for electricity.

Specific weather conditions may lead to a double effect on utility companies’ margin: a direct effect due to a decrease/increase in consumption and an indirect one arising from the triggered change in the commodity price. For instance, a milder winter than expected would shift downward the demand curve for gas, leading to a decrease in gas prices. In this case, the utility company could not avoid selling exceeding gas at lower prices.

Quanto Options are tailor-made products and, as such, they can be structured in the best way to cover different portfolios’ risk management.

Different underlyings can be chosen for Quanto Options, depending on the to-be-hedged portfolio, as long as they are highly correlated indexes. For this reason, a pair of temperature index and energetic commodity index (i.e.: gas, power) is usually chosen. 

Made to measure
Customized product according to the needs.
Flexibility
They can be used in multiple ways to create customized positions and cover risks.
Price risk coverage
Reduced exposure to market price