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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XAUAUD forex

Weekly Forex Outlook: July 31

Hi there, traders! How has your trading been last week? You might’ve noticed that for the past weeks, I took some time off. Partially because I’ve travelled back to Belgium but also as a sort of summer holiday, to make the most of meeting up with my friends in Japan. But now I’m back! This will be a shorter outlook as I won’t include trade reviews this time, but of course, we’ll have a look at the best setups for this week!

 

 

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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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EURNZD

Weekly Forex Outlook: June 24

Hi traders, good morning and good weekend! How was your trading week? For me, the past week was relatively uneventful and with many setups lacking a bit of follow through. Most of the setup in last week’s outlook didn’t materialise, which means that I didn’t take any position in them. Instead, there were a couple of other opportunities that came along as the week went by, still good for some nice trades. We’ll go over one of them in a moment.

 

On a personal note: I decided to extend my stay in Tokyo for another month as I’m having a great time here. The Japanese culture and big city life agrees with me! It reminds me of my time in London. By the way: did I already tell you how crazy good the sushi is around here? 😉

 

 
Some interesting events were crude oil selling off, regardless of better than expected oil inventory data and the recent developments with the UK starting the Brexit negotiations. Not too much has happened otherwise, so let’s not linger too long and have a look at the big picture, before diving into the outlook for next week.

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EURAUD forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: June 17

Good morning crew 👋 and a good weekend too! Another trading week has passed and one theme of this week was pretty much waiting for the big events. We had multiple central bank interest rate decisions and we could often see the market being relatively quiet in between these events. Nevertheless, there were some good opportunities, especially on the daily charts.

 

But first, let’s review our weekly outlook for last week! Let’s start with EURAUD on the daily. I mapped out two scenarios last week, one being a retracement before moving down and one being an immediate break of the support zone. Well, after some hesitation, the support level broke and the price moved down for the second part of the week. A nice trade could be had if you’d entered a short position here!

 

EURAUD review

 

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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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USDMXN forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: April 9

Hi, traders! It’s (a beautiful!) weekend again, so I’m doing my usual routine: trade review, continuous improvement and writing my weekly forex outlook! Last week was a challenging but nevertheless good week. Not every setup from my previous weekly forex outlook did materialise, but that doesn’t matter since we use price alerts to get notified when something happens.

 

If you got in either the CADJPY trade or the AUDCAD trade (which I documented on TradingView), you could have made a nice profit! I did find the lower time frames a bit more random and less clean last week, so mostly stayed out of the 1H charts in favour of 4H and daily charts. Now let’s look at the upcoming week!

 

 

Current market behaviour

 

Last week was an interesting week. Lots of geopolitical events (Syria bombings, Trump-Xi meeting, etc), but the markets keep on going regardless. We also closed last week off with NFP, which must’ve been the biggest non-event of the week! The initial bearish reaction because of lower than expected payroll numbers was quickly faded because of lower than expected unemployment numbers.

 

The dollar kind of bounced around for the first part of the week but then moved sharply higher on Friday. Economic data was mixed but the biggest event (NFP) still managed to push the dollar higher.

 

Crude oil is continuing its trend (which starts to look quite nice on the 4H) and ended the week higher. Crude did mostly rise on the news of Syrian bombings. Syria is not a very big oil producer but its location in the Middle East still warrants carefulness with the traders, hence the push higher.

 

Market overview forex

 

Gold did end higher for the week but obviously turned lower on Friday as traders and investors moved away from risk-on assets after the non-farm payrolls. Gold is also in an interesting spot now, as you can see from the chart below:

 

XAUUSD

 

The price action on Friday resulted in a very nice pin bar on the daily. This pin bar coincides with a previous support-turned-resistance level and it’s now the second time price has tested this level. What happens next will depend for a large part of the geopolitical situation. Gold could move lower, but we need a strong dollar for this. Next week will tell us more.

 

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AUDCAD forex

Weekly Forex Outlook: April 2

Hello traders, happy Sunday! Last week was again an excellent week for reversal traders and there were many interesting setups in the market. I’ll review one trade I took in USDJPY and a sell in XAUUSD. Next week will be a little busier with non-farm payrolls on Friday and other economic news spread out over the week, but there are again many setups developing, so plenty to look at!

 

Current market behaviour

 

The dollar turned around this week. As you can see on the DXY chart, the dollar rallied for pretty much the entire week. Fuelled by positive economic news releases and a slew of FOMC member speeches, the dollar ended the week quite a bit higher.

 

DXY Daily

 

Although, we can see that the overall daily sentiment is still bearish, with the dollar index still making lower lows and lower highs. It wouldn’t be surprising if the rally of the past week was just a retracement in the larger timeframe picture, with the dollar continuing its path down soon again. On the other hand, if the dollar bulls can keep the momentum going, we might see more bullishness next week.

 

Market overview

 

Gold is inversely correlated to the dollar and so sold off for a major part of the week. However, Friday painted a different picture. Some FOMC member speeches were rather cautious, saying that the current positive market sentiment hasn’t yet resulted in improved economic figures. The market took this as dovish news and moved money to risk-off assets, such as gold. The result was a strong Friday rally on XAUUSD.

 

Finally, crude oil finally saw some improvement in trend structure. For the first time in a long time, we could see a clear trending market instead of the usual, skittish market behaviour we’ve been seeing in the past couple of weeks. Oil ended the week strongly higher.

 

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