US Dollar Bounce Forces us to Rethink Trading Strategy
- One-sided trader positioning nonetheless warns that gains may be limited
- Looks time to scale back positions in high-volatility strategies until further notice.
A sharp drop in FX volatility prices suggests that major currencies will remain in tight trading ranges through the week ahead, and we will shift our trading strategy biases away from high-volatility systems accordingly. It was last week we noted the risks of a material US Dollar reversal, and indeed an important shift in retail FX positions added further weight to our calls for USD losses.
Our sentiment-based trading strategies sold the Greenback in anticipation of such declines, but the sharp post-labor market data rally forced losses on these systems and clouded outlook for USD pairs.
Short-term Forex Volatility Prices Drop Noticeably After Key Week
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
The material bounce leaves the Euro in a tight range against the US currency, and the drop in FX volatility prices suggests the EURUSD and other major pairs will remain range-bound in the week ahead. Given clear uncertainty we will limit our exposure to our volatility-friendly Breakout2 trading system as well as our trend-following trading strategies.
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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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