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US Dollar Outlook Hinges on Critical Week Ahead

US Dollar Outlook Hinges on Critical Week Ahead

2012-09-10 16:00:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Product
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Summary: The US Dollar stands at a crossroads as it broke lower, but we generally favor selling USD bounces . Yet the upcoming week may prove critical and could set the tone for USD trading through the foreseeable future.

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

forex_us_dollar_forecast_ecb_fomc_body_Picture_1.png, US Dollar Outlook Hinges on Critical Week Ahead

DailyFX PLUS System Trading SignalsThe US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR) recently broke substantively lower against the Euro and other major counterparts, and the coming week will likely decide whether this is the start of a broader USD downtrend. Indeed, a highly-anticipated Federal Open Market Committee meeting could indeed set the tone for Dollar trading through the foreseeable future.

FX options market volatility expectations remain low, however, and it seems that traders are positioned for relatively small moves in the EURUSD. We subsequently favor low-volatility trend trading and range trading strategies from our DailyFX PLUS Trading Signals page. If this is indeed the start of a larger US Dollar downtrend, our “Trend Follower”/Momentum1 and “Tidal Shift”/Momentum2 systems stand to do well across USD pairs.

Studies of real trader performance figures likewise show that low-volatility strategies such as “Congestion Opportunities”/Range2 and benchmark Relative Strength Index trading systems can do well in current market conditions.

It will be critical to watch US Dollar price action in the week ahead; whether or not the Greenback breaks lower could determine our trading strategy biases through the coming months of trading.

Market Conditions:

FX Options volatility expectations remain surprisingly low despite critical event risk for the Euro and US Dollar in the week ahead. Any significant surprises in key events could catch traders off-guard and produce especially large moves across major FX pairs.

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The Euro/US Dollar recently surged as the US S&P 500 traded towards fresh multi-year highs. And though the short-term correlation between the EURUSD and S&P trades near lows, we believe that any substantive moves in stock markets could force similar reactions out of the Euro and US Dollar.

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--- Written by David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist for DailyFX.com

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Definitions

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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