Article Summary: Important signs of turnaround in the Japanese Yen have led our sentiment-based systems to sell the USDJPY and GBPJPY. View our article and recorded webinar to see why we like these trades.
DailyFX PLUS System Trading Signals – A noteworthy reversal in the Japanese Yen suggests the “easiest” part of the JPY breakdown may be over, but elevated forex options market volatility expectations continue to favor breakout trading until further notice. In fact our sentiment-based Breakout2 strategy has now gone long the Japanese Yen against the US Dollar, British Pound, and Australian Dollar (short USDJPY, GBPJPY, and AUDJPY).
Trading the Yen breakdown has been quite beneficial for us and we hesitate to switch directions so rapidly. Yet cyclical studies suggest that EURJPY’s turn on Friday may have marked a significant turn in the trend. Extremely high volatility expectations for the JPY suggest Breakout2 may continue doing well.
You can view a more full explanation of our reasons behind JPY long positions in today’s archived strategy webinar.
DailyFX Forex Volatility Index Versus JPY Volatility Index (JPYVIX1M)
Source: OTC FX Options Prices, DailyFX Calculations
A look at FX options market volatility expectations emphasizes that markets are moving in two speeds at the moment. Japanese Yen currency pairs may continue to see big moves, while US Dollar pairs are expected to consolidate or move much more slowly in the days and weeks ahead.
Past performance is absolutely NOT indicative of future results, but high volatility expectations on JPY pairs tends to coincide with outperformance in our Breakout-based strategy. Elsewhere we’ve seen our Momentum2 system do well across the EURUSD and others—we favor playing the ‘hot hand’ until further notice.
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DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias
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Volatility Percentile – The higher the number, the more likely we are to see strong movements in price. This number tells us where current implied volatility levels stand in relation to the past 90 days of trading. We have found that implied volatilities tend to remain very high or very low for extended periods of time. As such, it is helpful to know where the current implied volatility level stands in relation to its medium-term range.
Trend – This indicator measures trend intensity by telling us where price stands in relation to its 90 trading-day range. A very low number tells us that price is currently at or near 90-day lows, while a higher number tells us that we are near the highs. A value at or near 50 percent tells us that we are at the middle of the currency pair’s 90-day range.
Range High – 90-day closing high.
Range Low – 90-day closing low.
Last – Current market price.
Bias – Based on the above criteria, we assign the more likely profitable strategy for any given currency pair. A highly volatile currency pair (Volatility Percentile very high) suggests that we should look to use Breakout strategies. More moderate volatility levels and strong Trend values make Momentum trades more attractive, while the lowest Vol Percentile and Trend indicator figures make Range Trading the more attractive strategy.
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