Top Trading Strategy in Current Market Conditions
- Watching US Dollar range trading opportunities vs Yen, Euro
- Our data shows majority of retail market range trades
- Low FX volatility leaves us looking to buy low/sell high until further notice
Such slow market conditions keep us squarely focused on range-trading strategies. That is: buying low, selling high. This seems simple in concept and it is. In fact our data on 12 million real trades shows that the majority of retail traders do exactly that—range trade.
The difficulty is that many of those same traders are less likely to trade in those conditions. This seems somewhat irrational, but realistically it comes down to a simple factor: boredom. How might we counteract this natural tendency?
Forex Volatility Prices Continue to Trade near Record Lows, Price Action Likely to Remain Slow
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
There’s little hiding the fact that currency movements have slowed, but instead of focusing on the lack of volatility we’ll concentrate on existing trading opportunities. The DailyFX currency pair conditions table below underlines which pairs are more or less likely to stick to tight trading ranges based on current volatility prices.
Of note are tight trading ranges in Japanese Yen currency pairs as well as a handful of USD majors. Our Senior Strategist highlights potential range trading opportunities in the USDJPY as it trades near important resistance, while the Euro/US Dollar exchange rate itself may have found an important range low.
Until volatility prices move higher we’ll continue to favor range trading. What happens when volatility inevitably surges? Keep track of changing conditions with future e-mail updates via my distribution list.
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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