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Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?

Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?

2014-09-02 17:00:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Business Development
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- US Dollar eyes huge week and stands at key inflection point

- It’s a potentially big week for financial markets as a whole given clear market cycles

- We see material risk of a EURUSD bounce

The US Dollar starts the North American trading week sharply higher versus the Japanese Yen, Sterling, and others. How high can the Greenback realistically go, and how are we trading it?

It’s shaping up to be a huge week for the US Dollar, and FX traders are positioning for big moves virtually across the board. Short-term volatility prices in the Euro/US Dollar are at their most expensive since the European Central Bank cut interest rates in early June. And though it feels borderline irresponsible to call for a EUR correction amidst such an obvious downtrend, we noted critical factors that warn of a potentially significant EURUSD bounce.

Namely: FX positioning and sentiment at extremes, the Dollar is in heavily overbought territory, and the combination of a European Central Bank interest rate decision and US Payrolls report promises big moves.

Forex Volatility Prices Trade at a Significant Premium, Underline Uncertainty in Euro and US Dollar

Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?

Source: FXCM Trading Station Desktop, Prepared by David Rodriguez.

FX volatility prices have hit key multi-month highs, and we’re watching for further breakouts in FX majors as highlighted in the Trading Strategy Bias table shown below.

Forex Volatility Prices Surge as US Dollar Trades at Major Highs

Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?

Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations

See the table below for full strategy rundown on a per-currency pair basis and keep track of changing conditions with future e-mail updates via my distribution list.

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?Critical Week for the US Dollar - Can it Really Go Higher?

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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.

HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE DESCRIBED BELOW. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN. IN FACT, THERE ARE FREQUENTLY SHARP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS SUBSEQUENTLY ACHIEVED BY ANY PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM.

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.

OF ANY SPECIFIC TRADING PROGRAM WHICH CANNOT BE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREPARATION OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND ALL OF WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS.

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