Currency Volatility Favors US Dollar Breakout Trading
Article Summary: High forex volatility leaves us plainly in favor of breakout and trend trading, and we believe several of our sentiment-based trading strategies may outperform in the week ahead.
DailyFX PLUS System Trading Signals – Forex volatility continues to trade near multi-year peaks, and strong currency moves leaves us plainly in favor of volatility-friendly trading strategies until further notice. Given the fact that the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (ticker: USDOLLAR) continues to trade to fresh multi-year highs, high volatility likewise leaves us in favor of continued USD strength.
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The Dollar Index has now rallied for five consecutive weeks amidst the resurgence in FX market vols, and several of our sentiment-based trading strategies have likewise done well in these market conditions. Past performance is not indicative of future results, but we see reason to believe that recent results bode well for near-term performance across several key strategies.
DailyFX Forex Volatility Indices
Our DailyFX Volatility Indices continue to hit fresh highs as FX options traders bet on strong currency moves. A series of higher lows and higher highs suggests that we may have seen an important turn in overall currency market regimes. In short: 2012 was marked by continued contraction in vols and general underperformance in many popular FX trading strategies.
If this is truly ‘the turn’, we might expect 2013 to prove far friendlier to many of our trend and breakout-following automated trading strategies.
View the table below to see our strategy preferences broken down by currency pair.
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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