US Dollar Volatility Risk is High, Points to Larger Market Moves Ahead
- Forex volatility prices drop considerably, suggest US Dollar to consolidate
- Continued moves in Commodity Bloc nonetheless Breakout2 trading system
The US Dollar is stuck in a tight range versus the Euro and other major counterparts. A pickup in short-term volatility suggests a breakout is possible in the week ahead.
The Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index recently touched its highest levels in three months as the Greenback surged versus the Australian Dollar and other commodity-linked counterparts. Yet resilience in the Euro and the Japanese Yen has sparked a notable Dollar pullback to start the week’s trading. And indeed, the Euro/US Dollar exchange rate continues to trade in a very wide $1.08-$1.15 range since February; it may take a significant shift in market conditions to force a meaningful break.
A modest pickup in volatility prices suggests that the week ahead may see larger price swings than the last—particularly ahead of a highly-anticipated US Federal Open Market Committee meeting. A substantial Dollar breakout/breakdown is admittedly unlikely, but it will be important to watch for any surprises from the US central bank.
Forex Volatility Prices Rise Ahead of FOMC Meeting, Point to Stronger Price Moves
Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
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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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