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US Dollar Momentum Offers Trend Trading Opportunities

US Dollar Momentum Offers Trend Trading Opportunities

2013-03-11 14:00:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Product
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Article Summary: Forex market volatility has fallen, but a strong US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR) uptrend suggests trend-trading strategies may do well in the week ahead.

DailyFX PLUS System Trading Signals Forex market volatility has fallen from recent highs as the US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR) consolidates versus the Euro and other major counterparts. Yet the broader USD uptrend suggests that trend-following trades remain attractive in the week ahead.

The Dollar has been especially strong against the downtrodden Japanese Yen, and we accordingly believe that the USDJPY may continue to hit fresh peaks alongside other Yen crosses. Yet outlook versus “high-Beta” currencies such as the Australian Dollar and Canadian Dollar has been complicated by the noteworthy drop in forex volatility. Our Senior Technical Strategist believes the AUDUSD may consolidate before its next break lower.

Ultimately we believe that our trend-following trading systems (Momentum1 and Momentum2) could do well across particular currency pairs, while our breakout trading strategy (Breakout2) has become comparatively less attractive on the drop in vols.

Japanese Yen currency pairs remain bright spots for all of our sentiment-based trading strategies, and further JPY breakdowns should bode well for said systems.

DailyFX Forex Volatility Indices

forex_us_dollar_trend_trading_body_Picture_1.png, US Dollar Momentum Offers Trend Trading Opportunities

Our FX Options-based DailyFX Volatility Indices have fallen from recent peaks, and the drop in vols suggests that major currency pairs may consolidate and move more slowly in the week ahead.

View the table below to see our strategy preferences broken down by currency pair.

Register for a free webinar on our Breakout-trading Breakout2 strategy on March 14

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

forex_us_dollar_trend_trading_body_x0000_i1026.png, US Dollar Momentum Offers Trend Trading Opportunitiesforex_us_dollar_trend_trading_body_1a.png, US Dollar Momentum Offers Trend Trading Opportunities

View how to automate the high-volatility Breakout2 Trading System via our previous article and webinar recording.

Auto trade the trend reversal-trading Momentum2system via our previous article and webinar recording.

Trade with strong trends via our Momentum1 Trading System and view an archived webinar

Use our counter-trend Range2 Trading system and view an archived webinar guide on automation

--- 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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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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