Dollar Likely Set Important Bottom, but is New Uptrend Likely?
- Dollar likely set bottom on a substantial shift in forex market sentiment
- Forex volatility prices have risen, but remain near year-to-date lows
- Strong Dollar correlation to volatility suggests large rally less likely
Our DailyFX Volatility Indices show 1-Week volatility expectations are at their highest since September on a busy week of US Dollar and Euro economic event risk. Yet longer-dated vols remain near their lowest levels on the year, and relatively few traders seem to fear outsized currency swings.
Short-Term Forex Volatility Prices Have Bounced but Longer-Dated Vols Subdued
Source: OTC FX Options Prices from Bloomberg; DailyFX Calculations
The correlation between the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index and our DailyFX Volatility Indices remains quite strong, and we’ll likely need to see a bigger jump in vols before further follow-through on recent USD gains.
As far as trading strategies go, our preference remains with our trend-following Momentum2 trading strategy until further notice. Past performance is NOT indicative of future results, but the system has done especially well trading the recent Dollar reversal.
The key risk to Momentum2 and our broader sentiment-based trading strategies is simple: a slowdown in market moves typically hurts our trend-following trading systems.
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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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