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May 27th, 2016, 6:51 am

I've been looking at Brexit odds from various bookmakers and the majority pays several times more for the "leave" bid, e.g. http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/bri ... -resultI'm wondering if these numbers include hedging against the potential GBP drop. Do you know any bookmakers taking bets in other currencies?
 
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May 27th, 2016, 8:08 am

If I am not mistaken, Betfair allows one to bet in USD...
 
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May 27th, 2016, 11:00 am

That's very similar to Eurozone sovereign CDS back in the crisis, when you could compare quotes denominated in EUR and USD and try to back out an implied exchange rate jump on default (relatively small for Greece, moderate for other peripherals, and really big for Germany). You have to make some assumptions though...
 
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May 28th, 2016, 4:18 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: bearishThat's very similar to Eurozone sovereign CDS back in the crisis, when you could compare quotes denominated in EUR and USD and try to back out an implied exchange rate jump on default (relatively small for Greece, moderate for other peripherals, and really big for Germany). You have to make some assumptions though...Italy was the most interesting one of the lot, in this context, if memory serves...
 
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June 2nd, 2016, 10:29 pm

I saw a video today of Farage buying Brexit at 5-2 odds at Ladbrokes. He paid in GBP, not sure if they offer USD trade or what. If they won't, I'll stand behind you in line and my market will be fair. I promise. :)
 
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June 6th, 2016, 11:37 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: OrbitI saw a video today of Farage :)an acquired taste
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June 6th, 2016, 12:12 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: OrbitI saw a video today of Farage buying Brexit at 5-2 odds at Ladbrokes. He paid in GBP, not sure if they offer USD trade or what. If they won't, I'll stand behind you in line and my market will be fair. I promise. :)Was he holding a pint, while placing his bet?Rhetorical question, obviously.
 
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June 8th, 2016, 4:13 pm

He does enjoy a pint, from what I can tell
 
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June 17th, 2016, 3:52 pm

There's something I don't get about these Brexit odds. Assume a payout in GBP, so as to not confuse it with the exchange rate issue. Polls seem to be closer to 50/50 than bookie odds, and as noted by katastrofa the bookie odds show a probability of exit significantly less than 50%.This seems to be still true today, for example here Now in general, we can perhaps think of poll probabilities as real-world probabilities ([$]P = P_{exit}[$]) and the bookie probabilities as market pricing probabilities ([$]Q = Q_{exit}[$]). So we apparently have [$]Q < P[$]. As the event carries systematic risk, we certainly expect [$]P \not= Q[$].But, a priori, do you expect [$]Q > P[$] or [$]Q < P[$]? The order [$]Q < P[$] would not have been my guess.Thoughts?
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June 17th, 2016, 4:01 pm

There are more people betting on Brexit that Remain. But the Remain bets are larger. Obviously the odds at the bookies, [$]Q[$], reflect the total £, but maybe the number of bets represent the real, [$]P[$], probabilities! I hope so!P
 
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June 17th, 2016, 4:15 pm

OK, but do you see my point? Regardless of the vote outcome, the UK equity markets will react: call the reaction (percentage) jump [$]\Delta S[$]. So, [$]Q < P[$] suggests the equity market jump will be less negative (or more positive?) if the outcome is Leave vs Remain.In other words, [$]Q < P[$] says to me that [$]\Delta S|L > \Delta S|R[$], where L=Leave outcome, R=Remain outcome, and "|" means "conditional on".Otherwise, if [$]\Delta S|L < \Delta S|R[$], the Leave bet would serve an insurance function and people would bid it up until [$]Q > P[$],just like bidding up the price of an out-of-the-money SPX put. For example, to put some numbers on it, my a priori would have been somethingin the ballpark of [$]\Delta S|L \approx -5\%[$] and [$]\Delta S|R \approx 0[$] (status quo), leading to my puzzle. Or am I missing something?
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June 17th, 2016, 5:36 pm

Why are you connecting the two markets?P
 
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June 17th, 2016, 6:20 pm

Well, I mentioned 3 markets: Brexit derivatives (bookie market), UK equities, and SPX derivatives (puts).I am trying to infer what the bookie market (relative to the polls) implies for UK equities.My intuition comes from the case of SPX puts.
 
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June 17th, 2016, 7:02 pm

Wouldn't that only work if someone were trying to arbitrage between them? Otherwise they can all go their merry ways. The betting will be tiny compared with financial markets, so you can't hedge the markets. And bettors generally aren't sophisticated to go the other way. And the bookies don't care, as long as they can adjust the odds. (Assuming there's enough betting in both directions, which it looks like there is.) And the markets are statistical whereas the betting isn't (since they can perfectly hedge. So I would assume there's not much info.Except for my observation about the numbers versus the money. Follow the numbers not the money!P
 
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June 17th, 2016, 7:11 pm

Q < P is not unreasonable, given the structure of the mkts and the polls... While we can leave the gory details for later, suffice it to say that this is what prevailed during the Scottish Neverendum.
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