Forex Market Volatility Remains Elevated, Breakout Currency Trading Signals Outperfor

Forex market conditions continue primed for breakouts, as pronounced market indecision surrounding the US Treasury’s bailout for credit markets leads to similar uncertainty in US dollar currency pairs. Such elevated levels of currency volatility leave our “Breakout” trading signals in pole position accurately forecast currency movements through near-term trade. As we predicted last week, our “Range” strategies have proven less profitable—taking a big hit on sharp price movements through the week’s forex market open. Our free trial for DailyFX+ forex trading signals will soon end, so be sure to take full advantage of them before the month is through.

[B]Forex Trading Automated Systems Outlook[/B]

[B]DailyFX+ System Trading Signals – [/B]Elevated forex market volatility has once again turned our “Breakout2” trades to profitability, as they have seen modest gains through the week’s currency market open. Our “Range2” system trades have subsequently taken a hit, and it seems that current market conditions are not conducive to range trading. In terms of outlook, however, we believe that “Breakout2” signals will once again outperform on increased uncertainty surrounding FX markets.

[B]Forex Discretionary Strategy Outlook[/B]

[B]Speculative Sentiment Index Trading Signals –[/B] Our Speculative Sentiment Index signals have captured respectable profits as of late, but we see that a sharp drop in open interest across major currencies may weaken the strength of individual currency signals. Visit our Forex Trader Sentiment and Positioning Thread on the FX Forum to discuss these signals.

[B]Dynamic Carry Trade Basket –[/B] Please see our weekly report on Carry Trades for a better idea on what to expect through short-term trade: Forex Carry Trade Outlook.

[B]DailyFX+ Market Conditions Outlook[/B]


[B]Volatility Percentile[/B] – 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 three months 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.

[B]Trend[/B] – 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 quarterly 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 quarterly range.

[B]Range High[/B] – 90-day closing high.

[B]Range Low[/B] – 90-day closing low.

[B]Last[/B] – Current market price.

[B]Strategy[/B] – 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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