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An Uncommon Risk-On Set-Up with Ichimoku

An Uncommon Risk-On Set-Up with Ichimoku

Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Strategist

Talking Points:

  • The Risk-On News Out of Japan
  • The Risk-On Effects of CHF
  • Key Levels on AUDCHF

On Tuesday, April 15th, many traders who focus on Japan heard something they wanted to here. On the surface it sounds bad for the outlook of Japan but it was enough to encourage traders around the world to look at this event as a potential trigger for the next round of QQE from the Bank of Japan.

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Here was the news that shocked markets into risk-on around the world:


This was enough to keep traders focused on the same stimulus that’s been in play for a long time, Quantitative Easing. The argument went like this. Because Japan will downgrade their economic assessment, the road has been paved for the Bank of Japan to introduce another round of Quantitative and Qualitative Easing or QQE which is a powerful force to push equities higher and push down the home currency, the Japanese Yen.

The Risk-On Effects of CHF

Many traders know the Japanese Yen & the US Dollar as a risk-off currency. This means that in a risk-off environment, many institutions in Japan sell global equities and rush into Japanese Government Bonds or JGBs. In addition to the incredibly large institutional money in Japan, money managers all over the world look to safety from the US Treasuries, which are seen as some of the safest in the world and to buy US Treasuries, one must do so through the USD. Therefore, in times of extreme risk-off, you’ll often see the USD strengthen through US Treasury purchases or JPY strengthen through JGB purchases.

Another key currency to strengthen in times of duress is the Swiss Franc (CHF) In fact, the CHF strengthened so much in 2011 that the Swiss National Bank had to step in to prevent the CHF from strengthening too much and hurting their export portion of the economy. Many attribute the flat inflation figures in Switzerland that make the “Swissy” as a global risk hedge.

However, the risk-off environment that favors CHF longs makes a risk-on event favorable to sell the CHF. The question then becomes, what is a favorable currency to buy against the Swiss. This brings us to a Strong Weak comparison that shows how AUD or GBP may be a favorable set-up.

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Key Levels on AUDCHF

While there is more than one strong currency, the strongest currency across the majors has been the Australian Dollar based on relative price action. After having a rough 2013, the Aussie is making up for lost ground. When Ichimoku is combined with AUDCHF, you’ll recognize that a bullish environment was just confirmed for the first time since Oct. 2013.

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Courtesy of Marketscope 2.0

Before we breakdown the Ichimoku set-up, you should look at the other factors at play on AUDCHF. First and foremost, you’ll notice that the 200-dma (yellow) has currently stopped price. However, if that breaks, you’ll notice an upward channel (blue lines) as well as an Inverse Head & Shoulders (yellow circles) which is a bullish reversal pattern. This confluence of different chart patterns shows you that many traders who utilize different charting methods could be chasing AUDCHF higher in the near-term.

Learn Forex: Ichimoku Set-Up on AUDCHF

Courtesy of Marketscope 2.0

Entry to Buy: Price Close > 0.8290 (Corrective High)

Protective stop: 0.8135 (Below the Recent Corrective Low)

Limit:0.8522 - Based on Monthly Pivots (R2) & Fibo Expansion Target

Risk: Reward: 1: 1.533

If this is your first reading of the Ichimoku report, here is a quick run-down on buy side rules:

-Full Candle Bodies above the Kumo Cloud

-The trigger line (black) is above the base line (light blue) or is crossing below

-Lagging line is above price action from 26 periods ago (Bright green line)

-Kumo ahead of price is bullish and rising (blue cloud = bullish Kumo)

Now that you're familiar with a budding opportunity on AUDCHF with Ichimoku, feel free to try this information out on a FREE Forex Demo Account with access to multiple markets.

Happy Trading!

---Written by Tyler Yell, Trading Instructor

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