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US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

2011-05-16 14:30:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Business Development
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Continued gains in the US Dollar and FX Options market volatility expectations produce prime conditions for breakout-style trading systems in the week ahead.

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions Summary

forex_strategy_trading_outlook_body_Picture_1.png, US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

DailyFX+ System Trading SignalsMomentum2 was our top-performing system in the past seven days of trading, edging out Momentum1 and Breakout2 systems on a week of fast-shifting market sentiment. Momentum2is an SSI-based system that trades shifts in trading crowd positioning. It will tend to do well at the tail-end of major market moves, when market capitulation will often signal that a large turn is near. Our favored Breakout2 did less well through the past week, but elevated volatility expectations create prime conditions for breakout-oriented strategies. Thus we will stick to Breakout2 as our preferred system across a broad range of pairs, but Momentum2 could likewise do well amidst sharp sentiment swings.

forex_strategy_trading_outlook_body_Picture_2.png, US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

To gain a greater understanding of all six trading systems, view my recent presentation on SSI and the trading signals on our FXCM Digital Expo page.

Volatility expectations continue to trend higher through recent trade, pointing to major currency moves across the board and favoring volatility-friendly strategies until further notice. Concretely, this means paying special attention to Breakout2 and, to a lesser extent, Momentum1 and Momentum2 trading systems.

forex_strategy_trading_outlook_body_Picture_3.png, US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

Benchmark Trading Systems

7 days

30 days

90 days

365 days

Range Strategy

-$214.99

-$1,816.23

-$1,838.92

-$5,366.59

Trend Strategy

$1,781.93

$1,609.89

$1,620.75

$1,530.10

Breakout Strategy

-$933.46

-$1,980.55

-$2,579.74

-$9,279.69

forex_strategy_trading_outlook_body_Picture_4.png, US Dollar Volatility Favors Breakout Strategy Trading in Week Ahead

Data and Backtest Results Generated using FXCM Strategy TraderNOTE: These are NOT the DailyFX+ Trading Signals Systems

Momentum2 was our top-performing proprietary trading strategy through the past week, while the Moving Average Crossover system was the best benchmark portfolio in the same stretch. The relative underperformance in the Channel Breakout system is somewhat surprising given elevated market volatility. Yet said system should outperform if we continue seeing major breaks in key currency pairs.

Written by David Rodríguez, Quantitative Strategist for DailyFX.com, drodriguez@dailyfx.com

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Definitions

Range Strategy – The benchmark range trading system shows the hypothetical performance of a simple Relative Strength Index strategy on 60-minute EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDJPY, USDCHF, USDCAD, AUDUSD, and NZDUSD pairs. It sells when the 14-period RSI falls below 70 and buys when it crosses above 30. No other trading rules are used. Hypothetical results are generated using FXCM Strategy Trader.

Trend Strategy – The benchmark trend trading system shows the hypothetical performance of a simple Moving Average Crossover strategy on 60-minute EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDJPY, USDCHF, USDCAD, AUDUSD, and NZDUSD pairs. It buys the currency pair when the 50-period Simple Moving Average crosses above the 100-period and 200-period averages. It sells when the 50-period crosses below the 100-period and 200-period averages. No other trading rules are used.

Breakout Strategy – The benchmark breakout trading system shows the hypothetical performance of a simple Channel Breakout strategy on 60-minute EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDJPY, USDCHF, USDCAD, AUDUSD, and NZDUSD pairs. It will set a buy order at the highest high of the previous 20 bars plus one pip and a sell order at the lowest low of the previous 20 bars minus one pip. No other trading rules are used.

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 monthly 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 monthly 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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ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS IS THAT THEY ARE GENERALLY PREPARED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. IN ADDITION, HYPOTHETICAL TRADING DOES NOT INVOLVE FINANCIAL RISK, AND NO HYPOTHETICAL TRADING RECORD CAN COMPLETELY ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL RISK IN ACTUAL TRADING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES OR TO ADHERE TO A PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM IN SPITE OF TRADING LOSSES IS MATERIAL POINTS WHICH CAN ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THE MARKETS IN GENERAL OR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION.

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