US Dollar and Japanese Yen May Offer Further Sell Opportunities

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- Dollar and Yen poised to fall further in slow-moving forex markets- Our sentiment-based Momentum2 strategy has done selling and will likely continue going short- Forex volatility prices have tumbled, favoring continued declines in the safe-haven USD

The US Dollar and Japanese Yen seem likely to fall further versus the Euro and other forex counterparts, and our strategies remain well-positioned to sell weakness.

The purely sentiment-based Momentum2 trading system has sold aggressively into US Dollar and Yen declines as both have traded to fresh lows. And indeed, exceedingly one-sided forex crowd positioning favors further USD weakness versus the Euro and other currency counterparts.

One factor that may further hurt the US currency is that forex volatility prices have fallen sharply from recent peaks. The safe-haven USD tends to do poorly during quiet market conditions, and a relatively empty US economic calendar promises few major moves in the week ahead.

A key exception is a handful of scheduled speeches from US Federal Reserve officials in the next two days. Yet it will take significant shifts in rhetoric from upcoming speeches to force major moves in USD pairs.

US Dollar and Japanese Yen May Fall Further as Forex Volatility Tumbles

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Source: OTC FX Options Prices from Bloomberg; DailyFX Calculations

We will continue to favor our Momentum2 trading system across most US Dollar and Japanese Yen currency pairs, while the low-volatility Range2 system could do well in certain currency pairs as vols tumble.

See full detail on our trading biases in the table below, and sign up for e-mail updates via my distribution list for any changes.

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

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Definitions

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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