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Strategy Video: What Volatility Says About Markets and USD Trades

Strategy Video: What Volatility Says About Markets and USD Trades

2014-06-04 00:43:00
John Kicklighter, Chief Strategist
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Talking Points:

• Volatility can play the role of a directional risk gauge, activity measure and even highlight trades

• While the VIX is more readily recognizable for Equities, we look at volatility for many different markets

• Readings for EURUSD suggest an impending breakout, USDJPY suggests a trend ahead and USDollar a heavy bias

Market conditions change, and our strategy should reflect those changes. We have coded the DailyFX-Plus strategies for Breakout, Range and Momentum to adapt to these market shifts.

Volatility indicators naturally tell us the activity level of the market the represent. However, these measures are telling us so much more for FX, stock and other asset types. Extremes aren't isolated to the the popular VIX indicator based on the S&P 500. There are notable extremes - the type that raise contrarian red flags - specific pairs like EURUSD and USDJPY, the USDollar in general, yields, emerging markets and assets in all corners of the financial system. We take a big-picture look at current volatility levels, what it means for trading approach and certain trading opportunities it may be highlighting in today's Strategy Video.

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