XAUUSD

Weekly Forex Outlook: August 6

Happy Sunday! How was your trading week? This week flew past and there were definitely some interesting opportunities in the markets! We’ll review one of these in a moment, a 1H short I took on NZDCHF. This was actually one of the setups in this week’s outlook, so hopefully, you could benefit from it as well! We also had an NFP release which largely surprised on the positive side. This was a welcome change for a dollar that has recently been selling off against all major currencies.

 

I’m temporarily getting settled in Ghent right now, where I’ll be spending some time working and trading for the month of August. After that, it’s back to Japan for me (I can’t do without the food!). The nice thing about being a trader is that I can work pretty much everywhere. Some music, a good coffee and my charts are all I need!

 

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GBPNZD

Weekly Forex Outlook: July 15

What’s up crew? Another week has passed and we had some big movers! I’ve been a bit quieter this week since I’m working on refining one of the strategies I trade. This means a lot of programming, a lot of Excel and just general data crunching and testing. It’s relatively boring work and takes a long time, but it’s exactly this kind of work that pays off in the end.

 

For reversal trading, we had a couple of beautiful trading opportunities. A couple of nice examples are a CHFJPY 4H short after a break of the trendline and a short reversal on USDJPY 4H (see the chart shot below). At the same time, a lot of setups seemed to be at the edge of reversing but then continued. Many market moves were driven by a couple of bigger news events. We’ll go over a few of the big themes that drove the markets in a moment.

 

USDJPY review

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NZDUSD

Weekly Forex Outlook: July 9

Hi readers, happy Sunday! Another week has passed! Of course, the weekend is my time to review my past week’s trades and analyse the markets to come up with a watchlist and weekly outlook. This has become second nature for me and it’s absolutely critical to have habits like this as a trader.

 

However, past week was a bit challenging to trade reversals! While the AUDUSD short worked out nicely, the other setups didn’t really materialise. My WhaM system did a lot better this week, with a profit of over 4R. Besides the reversal setups, I am thinking of incorporating some of these setups here as well if there’s enough interest.

 


It did get me thinking about how trading systems perform. I’m of the opinion that even the best trading systems won’t always work very well and usually, that’s a good thing. Because when you try to add filters and parameters and requirements to your system in order to make it lose less money, what you are actually doing is overfitting a system. You might get better performance in the current market conditions, but markets change.

 

Those changing conditions will then often lead to decreased performance since your system is now very specific to the market environment you tested it on. That’s why often, the best trading systems are the simplest. The systems with the least moving parts – Occam’s Razor in the context of trading systems.

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EURGBP forex setup

Weekly Forex Outlook: July 2

And another month has passed! This was a month with low volatility due to summer holidays, not too much economic data releases but many surprising central bank-related events. Nevertheless, there were still plenty of good trades to be made. How did you do this month?

 

Last week also had quite a few interesting opportunities and the trade setups from our l watchlist got some good follow-through. I’m going to discuss one of these trade setups in a moment: the EURNZD 4H long. It’s worth noting that while two of the setups of last week never got triggered (so no money lost either), the AUDNZD 1H long was another nice opportunity to make some pips!

 

This is the power of setups like this: there is always a level that should be broken before I consider entering a trade. In my weekly outlooks, not all of the setups will always break this level and materialise, but that’s not necessary either. When two of the four setups actually work out (like last week), it’s already plenty to have a successful trading week. Of course, patience is the name of the game and most of the time, we just wait until the price does what we want it to do!

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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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