Choose your currency pair with care!

Choose your currency pair with care!

https://youtu.be/xTPs_2Ws7aQ In this video we highlight the currency strength indicator and the currency array indicator for NinjaTrader, and the importance of understanding universal flow in the market. Here we see strong buying for the British pound and the euro which is reflected in the charts, but is sentiment for the two currencies universal across the complex, and this is where the currency array indicator steps in to help. In the ranking ladder to for the currency array we can see sentiment for the GBP is universal with strong buying in all the pairs. For the euro this is not the case and highlighting the key point, which is to choose your currency pairs with care. Trading against the universal market sentiment is fine, as long as are aware that this is indeed the case. Most forex traders are not, and so assume the market is universally bullish or bearish on the currency which is often not the case at all!!...
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How the MT5 currency matrix reveals market sentiment

How the MT5 currency matrix reveals market sentiment

https://youtu.be/tYxQgRGHcjI In this video which comes towards the end of the London session and the start of the US session, we highlight how the currency matrix helps to identify the universal sentiment to the Canadian dollar. In this example the USD dollar has been strongly bullish before reversing to bearish and coupled with very strong buying of the Canadian dollar which is shown on the currency strength indicator. On the currency matrix we then isolate our the Canadian dollar which confirms that sentiment across the CAD complex is universal. In other words, the CAD is being bought against all other primary currencies and as revealed on the 10 minute ranking ladder with the 20 minute timeframe starting to develop in the same way. Discover more about the Quantum Trading indicators at https://www.quantumtrading.com...
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Aussie waits on RBA

Some really nice two way price action on the Aussie complex which started overnight on the release of Chinese data, namely GDP, the Industrial Production and the Fixed Asset Investment numbers. The hourly chart for the complex clearly shows volatility candles being triggered across the board (as denoted by the purple arrows), with the Aussie rising sharply before moving back inside the spread of the volatility candle. This momentum was also signaled on the currency strength indicator before the currency moved into a consolidation phase in the transition to the European and London sessions. There were further gains for the Aussie in the morning session, until bullish momemtum drained away which resulted in some great trades to the short side. These were particularly evident in the AUD/USD, GBP/AUD and AUD/NZD. The Aussie now faces another important item of fundamental news, specifically the RBA Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes which may give traders some indication of whether the central bank is likely to cut...
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Eurodollar continues to frustrate

Eurodollar continues to frustrate traders, and it's easy to see why. Since the failure to breach 1.1713 the pair has retreated back into the range of the VPOC (volume point of control) in the 1.1170 region where it continues to remain waterlogged. With end of month and end of quarter position squaring we will have to wait to see whether eurodollar can finally break away from this region. From a technical perspective the heavy selling of 6 weeks ago is self evident with the extreme volume and deep upper wick to the candle telling their own story. Since then the pivots have helped to define the floor and ceiling of the congestion zone, and with volume now building on the VPOC histogram any move away is likely to be extreme and accompanied with strong participation. The key level to any move to the downside is 1.1128 where strong support awaits.  ...
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Aussie dollar continues lower

As spot forex traders we sometimes forget the futures market can often help with market sentiment towards a currency and the daily chart for 6A, which is the contract for the Aussie dollar is particularly revealing. For the 6A,  it has been a return to business as usual over the last couple of weeks, since the breakaway from the VPOC at 0.7320 once again confirming the heavily bearish sentiment for the AUD. The initial break was on the 24th August where the wide spread down candle also triggered the volatility indicator, and as expected the price action moved back within the spread of the candle; a cynical move designed to trigger stops. Since then the candle has duly been confirmed with a rapid move through the low volume node on the VPOC indicator at 0.6980 with the pair now trading lower once again at 0.6934 in the London session. With the weight of transacted volume now sitting overhead in the 0.7320 price area and...
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Pause in cable’s sharp move lower

Last Tuesday's failure by cable to take out the 1.5818 resistance resulted in a down candle on high volume, which when it was combined with the previous day's bullish candle on very high volume gave us a two bar reversal (aka a shooting star), and the first signal that cable's preceding move away from the volume point of control region was likely to fail. This view was also validated by the volume which accompanied the shooting star, and a further clear signal of weakness to come. Against this backdrop Wednesday's sharp 267 pip sell off in cable came as no surprise with the pair also moving firmly below the VPOC to close out at 1.5463 on the session. The bearish sentiment was cable continued for the remainder of the week, as the pair closed out August 1.5390. The start of the new trading week saw cable once again come under pressure, on relatively low volume, but this is easily explained as Monday was...
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Interesting divergence in the majors

During yesterday's overall market volatility the forex market posted some very interesting and intriguing price action and candle patterns, particularly with regard to the major pairs. As a general rule of thumb whenever the market becomes agitated and adopts a 'risk off' mood traders and investors can expect a strong move into safe havens such as the US dollar and gold. However, as has been the case recently where we have seen a breakdown of correlations and traditional market relationships, the USD did not react as many would have expected. A look across the daily charts of our 7 major pairs not only reveals this divergence, but also highlights the importance of understanding volatility, particularly with respect to its affect on the ATR of an instrument. As we can see from the charts only three pairs escaped triggering a volatility candle, and these were the USD/CAD, the USD/CHF and Cable with the USD rising strongly in the first two pairs, but falling in...
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NZD/USD rebounds following PBOC

Perhaps, not surprisingly, it has been the Aussie and Kiwi which have responded the most to the PBOC (People's Bank of China) move to devalue the yuan, with the AUD/USD completely erasing last Friday's and Monday's gains to end yesterday's trading session just over the key 0.73 level. Further falls overnight has seen the pair tumble to 0.7224 since when it has staged a remarkable comeback in the London session to trade (at time of writing) at 0.7330. The move off the session lows has also co-incided with our last VPOC supoort line on both the daily and weekly charts. On the daily chart the first target for AUD/USD is the VPOC resistance at 0.7395, followed by further resistance at 0.7438, and yesterday's high. However, the extent of the comeback for both pairs can be seen on the hourly charts where it has been the NZD/USD which has proved the stronger of the two with the decisive move away from the...
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Central banks and GBP centre stage on currency matrix

We have four central banks on today's trading horizon, BOJ, RBA, BOE & later this evening we have interest rate decision, policy statement and a press conference from the RBNZ. I really must come up with a collective noun for the CB's! In between we have the Manufacturing Number for the UK where forecast is for 0.1% against a previous of 0.4%. This release can be very difficult to judge as there has been no clear trend since 2009 when the number was consistently awful. On the GBP matrix we have seen some strong buying of GBP against USD, which is not surprising given the alleged Obama comments at the G7. However, GBP buying actually started last week after NFP. It was the deep lower wick to Friday's candle which signaled a potential reversal for cable. This was given further impetus on Monday, & the buying was cemented as yesterday's candle ended the session with an even deeper lower wick. The current daily chart...
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EUR/NZD reverses recent trend for the New Zealand dollar

The EUR/NZD has delivered some excellent trading opportunities across all the timeframes this morning to the short side, following the recent heavily bearish sentiment towards the New Zealand dollar which has seen it weaken against all the major currencies. Indeed longer term the NZD is now looking increasingly oversold, so we may see this trend reflected on the slower timeframe charts in due course. This morning's move was signalled initially with a move below the volume point of control (VPOC) on the 30 minute chart ( the yellow line), a move that was duly supported with rising volume and confirming the bearish sentiment. In addition, the transition in the trend monitor indicator from blue to red also confirmed this reversal, coupled with a pivot high indicator prior to the move through the VPOC. Since then, momentum to the downside has increased with volumes also rising sharply and confirming the wide spread down candle as we approach a potential area of support...
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