DailyFX Dynamic Carry Trade Basket: Low Volatility Helps Carry to Outperform

§ This week our carry trade basket was up by 25 pips in value but accumulated nearly $150 on interest payments
§ The most profitable trade was the one taken in the USD/CHF with 149 pips gain in just five days. The greenback has been trending higher against all major currencies and during this week appreciated to 1.23 francs per dollar.
§ The biggest loss was taken the Australian dollar with a 128 pips drop. Yet, we remain very confident in the Australian economy and we expect the upcoming data to push the Aussie from 0.8180 all the way up to 0.8390.
§ Volatility remains at historical lows across the components of the carry trade basket and no chances were thought to be necessary in the current portfolio.

What Are We Currently Long?


Changes Since Last Week
No chances were done in the basket since last week

Additional Information

In an ever changing world, making profitable carry trades* (definition below) are not as easy as they use to be. Therefore we have created a dynamic carry basket that changes when the monetary policy outlook for a central bank changes or if there is significant event risk ahead. Follow the performance of the DailyFX Dynamic Carry Trade Basket

What is Carry Trade
All that is needed to understand the carry trade concept is a basic knowledge of foreign exchange and interest rates differentials. Money shifts from around the world in seek of the highest yield and the benefit of trading currencies is that you are dealing with countries that have interest rates, which are charged or received every single day. If you are positioned on the side of positive carry, you have the right to earn that interest, which can be quite lucrative over time.

Protective Stop-Loss
Substantial gains made from interest rate differentials provide undeniable evidence that the carry trade strategy has been very successful over the past few years. Still, this strategy involves significant risks and an adequate protective stop is required. We are using a protective stop-loss equivalent to five times the average true range.

Position Sizing
Our position size varies according to each currency volatility. Generally, the more volatile the currency is, the fewer lots we trade. For example, let’s assume you have $10,000 and you are trading 10K lots, you decide to limit your risk per trade to 3% or $300 and the 90 days average true range for the EURUSD is 100 pips. In this case, if you go long EUR/USD you could buy 3 lots, since ($10000 * 3%) divided by (0.0100*10K) = 3 lots. In case the final result is not an integer you should always rounded it down to limit your exposure.