USDNOK forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: June 3

Hello, champs! The week is done and I’m spending my weekend doing some trade analysis and of course writing the weekly forex outlook! I’ve spent last Thursday travelling on the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo and I’m now spending a month in Tokyo. So far, I love it here!

 

 

 

Last week was a bit challenging with lots of setups that didn’t have a follow-through. It’s in these times that knowing when to cut a trade is very important. I took 3 trades: the EURUSD 4H short, the USDCHF 4H long and a 1H short on EURNZD. It ended up being a break-even week for me.

 

If you want to keep up to date on setups during the week, have a look at my TradingView page. During the week, I will often publish a chart setup over there as well if I think it’s worth looking at.

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EURUSD forex setup

Weekly Forex Outlook: May 27

It’s weekend! Another trading week has passed and some decent opportunities have come along. The week wasn’t really that eventful, though. I largely skipped Thursday and Friday as I wasn’t feeling too well, but I had a good GBPNZD short (with pin & drive entry) running on the daily charts since the beginning of the week:

 

GBPNZD D short

 

Additionally, I had a nice and quick AUDCAD price action play on Friday that got filled to the pip with deadly accuracy. I love when that happens!

AUDCAD 1H

 

Quick note: I’ve started a new article series called The Exit. Rather than focus on finding trade setups, The Exit will discuss how I manage and exit my trades in great detail. I’ve already posted a first article discussing an EURAUD 1H short I took last week, have a look!

 

But let’s first do a quick recap of the setups of last week.

 

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GBPCHF forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: May 20

Hi there, squad! How was your trading week? The past week has been… interesting, to say the least! The troubles that surround Trump (the firing of CIA boss Comey, leaks to Russia, etc) kind of held the markets hostage and much of the current market action is fuelled by politics and uncertainty, rather than pure technicals and economic data.

 

However, there were still opportunities to be had! The AUDCHF 4H short we discussed in last week’s outlook turned out to be my favourite trade of the week and we’ll review it in my weekly trade review. The GBPJPY short and Silver long trade also worked out nicely, with only our EURJPY short deciding to move a bit higher. No harm was done, our alerts were never hit so no action was taken on that one. The WhaM system also had a solid performance, although I’ve slightly changed the rules recently, but more on that soon!

 

If you want to keep up to date on setups during the week, have a look at my TradingView page. During the week, I will often publish a chart setup over there as well if I think it’s worth looking at.

 

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AUDCHF forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: May 14

Good morning traders! Another trading week has passed and now is the time to look at the opportunities for the upcoming week. My reversal system had a bit of a hard time this week, with a lot of really nice reversal setups without follow through. I’ve had 4 trades that I basically had to cut off around break-even because nothing was happening! Luckily, some of my other systems made more than up for it so it was a good week after all.

 

In the current market environment, I found this quote by Hedge Fund Market Wizard Larry Benedict very fitting and one of the best pieces of advice you can give any trader (it’s a coincidence that I’m just reading this book):

 

Hedge Fund Market Wizard Larry Benedict

 

News-wise, the French election outcome was largely managed well by the market and the Euro sold off after the news in a classic “buy the rumour, sell the news” type of event. The Euro was being bought for a very long time already, so some pressure on the sell-side was to be expected, as I predicted before the election:

 

 

Last week’s market did set us up with quite some good opportunities for next week, so we’ll go over that in a minute. If you want to keep up to date on setups during the week, have a look at my TradingView page. During the week, I will often publish a chart setup over there as well if I think it’s worth looking at.

 

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EURAUD forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: May 6

Happy Sunday, squad! How was your week? I recently decided to do some trading and travelling (’cause why not?) and have just spent my first week in Kyoto, Japan. The combination of a rich culture, beautiful weather and delicious food is really growing on me! For the next couple of months, I’ll continue to combine trading with travelling and Japan was the first on my list. If you happen to live in Kyoto or Tokyo and want to meet up for some drinks, get in touch!

 

Sugoi! Kyoto rocks. Epic culture, beautiful nature and delicious food 🍜🍣⛩🏯😎 

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Last week had some good opportunities for reversal traders but it wasn’t always as easy to trade. There are still a lot of uncertainties related to the North-Korea conflict and it was a news-heavy week with FOMC speak and an NFP release. This made some markets less predictable than usual but as traders, we have to take the market as it makes information available to us.

 

The most important upcoming event is the second round of the French elections on Sunday (7 May). If you remember two weeks ago, we had a big post-French election gap after the first election round that was almost ubiquitous across many Euro-related markets.

 

French election gap forex

 

By now, Macron seems to be comfortably in the lead over Le Pen, so most of the Euro bullishness should be already priced in. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the euro sell off after the election results since a correction is long overdue and this could be a “buy the rumour, sell the news” kind of reaction.

 

Last week’s market did set us up with quite some good opportunities for next week, so we’ll go over that in a minute. If you want to keep up to date on setups during the week, have a look at my TradingView page. During the week, I will often publish a chart setup over there as well if I think it’s worth looking at.

 

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AUDCAD

Weekly Forex Outlook: March 19

Hi traders, how’s your weekend going? I had a very short trading week since as of Wednesday, I was out of the country for a business trip, so no trading from then on. I did, however, have one trade in the beginning of the week that I want to go over with you and we’ll get to that in a minute.

 

Last week was also filled with fundamental news releases, so, on the one hand, it was a good time to be away since I don’t trade news releases. On the other hand, I saw most of the previous week’s outlook unfolding really nicely (like CHFJPYGBPCHF and NZDUSD) without being able to trade them. Then again, new opportunities will always present themselves, so I’m just looking forward to the new week!

 

On the US Fed rate hike

 

Last week finally had the much anticipated US Fed rate hike event, which went down a bit different than most people thought it would. A rate hike is basically a positive event for the USD, so many were expecting a rally after the hike. However, on Tuesday I mentioned this on Twitter:

 

 

And then on Wednesday, this happened:

DXY rate hike

 

An initial short run up when the FOMC statement was released and then a huge sell-off at the time of the FOMC press conference.

 

It makes sense. Think about it. The market was pricing in a 100% rate hike already, so the hike was no surprise. Everyone who wanted to had already positioned themselves. Additionally, there was one dissenter (Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari), so the decision to hike rates wasn’t unanimous.

 

And greedy as the market is, we were already looking for signs of even more improvement and potentially 4 rate hikes for 2017. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. Fed chair Janet Yellen mainly kept the same tone as in previous statements and the Fed’s economic projections stayed pretty much the same as what they released in December. Hence the sell-off.

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NZDUSD

Weekly Forex Outlook: March 11

Another week has passed, so I’m back with my weekly trading outlook! Last week was quite interesting, with a couple of nice opportunities in the market. Most of the setups I mentioned last week didn’t yet materialise, though, so we needed to be patient. Since we always want to see some confirmation first, I just didn’t take any of those setups, which is fine. There were some interesting other opportunities in the market too.

 

Current market behaviour

 

The US dollar index saw some up and down this week. Initially, there was plenty of positive momentum to drive the dollar higher against the basket of other currencies. However, as the rate hike was priced in as an almost certainty (over 90%), there wasn’t a lot of news that could push the dollar higher. The NFP release on Friday was quite good – better than expected – but we saw a classic “buy the rumour, sell the fact” reaction. The dollar ended the week a bit lower than it opened.

 

Forex market outlook

 

Often, gold and the dollar will have an inversely correlated price pattern, but this week was different. Markets felt quite risk-on and equities have risen in the past week. This leaves money flowing out of the safe havens such as gold and the Japanese yen, which we could clearly see in the past week. Gold sold off almost the entire week to end sharply lower.

 

Finally, oil dropped below $50 a barrel in quite a strong move. In fact, we haven’t seen these prices since the OPEC production cuts were announced and it was the worst week for oil since November. This might be a move that’s not over yet, but we have to see what next week brings.

 

 

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GBPCHF

Weekly forex outlook: March 4

Hi traders, I’m back with another weekly outlook! Lots of nice setups lining up for next week so even though the weekend has just started, I’m already looking forward to next week. Last week, I moved to a new place (in Brussels), so I was a little busier than usual, but it was an interesting week nonetheless.

 

Current market behaviour

 

A general observation is that the markets seem to be more skittish than usual, mainly fuelled by various fundamental factors in the world right now. Just yesterday (Friday), we could see the euro taking off on news about an early poll on the French election. Tuesday was focussed on the Trump speech to congress, which was the first time president Trump gave such a long speech singuce the inauguration. Markets were hoping for some details on the proposed tax cuts and infrastructure spending, but Trump was remarkably vague on details. In all, it was a rather uneventful speech and a rehash of the promises he made during his presidential campaign.

 

Let’s have a look at the overall market last week. The dollar initially surged on hints by Fed officials that a March rate hike would be likely. In the second part of the week, it made a market top and seems to have set in a downtrend. Even though almost every Fed official including Yellen indicated that a March rate hike was on the table and that the US economy had met Fed objectives, the DXY ended the week little changed. This could indicate that the rate hike was already largely priced in and the market was more focussed on other, mixed economic news.

 

Gold has ended the week quite a bit lower, continuing the downtrend initiated by the double top from last week. Even though the dollar was down for the second part of the week, the market seems to believe in dollar strength. This risk-on environment is the likely reason gold is selling off.

 

Finally, oil has moved down for the week. Better than expected crude oil inventories couldn’t prevent the commodity to sell off, but it rebounded near the second part of the week to around 53.20 a barrel.

 

Market overview

 

 

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EURGBP Daily chart

Weekly forex outlook: January 14

Hi traders, hope you had a good week! There were definitely some nice setups in the market last week. Especially the EURAUD and AUDUSD reversals gave us some good opportunities to get into the market. News-wise, last week was relatively quiet. As it is the weekend again, I’m going through my routine of analysing the markets and selecting the best setups for the upcoming week.

 

But first, a short overview of what happened last week. The dollar sold off a bit more and it seems that a reversal of some sorts has finally set in (although it’s quite early to tell, it might still reverse to the upside again!). As the USD and Gold are inversely correlated, we could see a push higher for gold. Oil moved a bit lower.

 

Market overview

 

 

 

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AUDUSD buy

Weekly forex outlook: January 1

It’s the first day of the new year and I couldn’t be more excited about 2017! There are so many exciting things in the pipeline so I can’t wait to get going. But first, let’s pick up the weekly outlooks again.

Happy New Year

 

I’ve skipped last week’s outlooks since I wasn’t trading during the holiday period. Not trading during times of low liquidity (when most traders are not trading anyway) is always good advice, since you can really get unexpected and volatile moves if the market is so thin.

A prime example of this is a move that happened last week on Thursday, when the euro suddenly spiked up without any news announcements. Algo strategies are then often blamed, but regardless of the cause of this spike, it shows that your trades can very easily get wiped out during times of low liquidity.

 

EURUSD low liquidity spike

 

 

 

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