NZDUSD forex outlook

Weekly Forex Outlook: August 27

Hi traders! How’s your weekend going so far? Had any interesting trades on last week? I’ll tell you about my trades: there were none! It doesn’t happen a lot but the past week was incredibly boring. In the beginning of the week, nothing happened because all traders seemed to be in Jackson Hole anticipation mode.

 

Additionally, some of the reversal setups that showed promise kept on going in the direction of the trend and in fact, none of the setups worked out! This can absolutely happen but at the same time – because nothing was triggered – I didn’t lose any capital either. Capital preservation should be your number one priority.

 

Regardless, let’s hope that next week brings us more opportunities!
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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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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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NZDUSD forex

Weekly forex outlook: February 12

Another weekend, another weekly forex outlook! There wasn’t a weekly outlook last week since I suffered a bad cold, so I took a little step back. The past week, I was feeling better though and besides the weekly outlook, I would like to share some of the setups I’ve taken as well. It was a relatively quiet week with not a lot of high-impact economic news, but plenty of interesting setups nonetheless.

 

Let’s have a look at the overall market last week. The US dollar gained quite a bit and ended the week with just a small retracement. Gold initially climbed up a bit but the market found resistance, made a double top and sold off in the second part of the week, only to partially rally back up on Friday. Oil pretty much ended where it started, but not without a major swing. After an initial sell-off, better than expected OPEC numbers made oil rally again and it ended the week strong.

 

Forex macro overview

 

 

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XAUUSD

Weekly forex outlook: January 28

Hi traders! How was your trading week? I’m quite early with my weekly forex outlook this weekend. One of the things I’ve started to make a habit of (thanks to this book), is to get up early. It’s incredible what you can get done if you get up a couple hours earlier, it feels to me like I almost have an extra half day available to me!

 

The past week was relatively quiet. However, it still gave us excellent conditions for a couple of trade setups I was describing in last week’s outlook (see the past week trade review section below!).

 

The dollar initially moved lower but regained some of its losses in the second part of the week, ending pretty much where it started. As predicted in our previous outlook, gold saw a sell-off to below-1200 levels. Finally, oil crept up a bit higher but stayed mostly in the range it’s currently in.

 

Macro weekly outlook

 

 

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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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USDJPY sell

Weekly forex outlook: October 16

It is Sunday again, so I’m taking time to analyse the potential setups on forex pairs for the upcoming week in this forex outlook for October 16. Last week, I actually had a couple of losses! I shorted AUDNZD but the market decided to move higher. It’s important to know that trading is not just about winning trades, as too many traders make it appear. Every trade can turn out to be a win or a loss. While I don’t know up front how the trade will end, I do know that over a larger number of trades, I always end up with a net profit so I’m not worried about losses. It’s part of the game 🙂

I’m still staying away from GBP pairs since the flash crash (or however you want to call it) 2 weeks ago. I believe the market is still looking for direction in GBP pairs and will stay out of them for as long as this is the case. There are plenty of other pairs we can turn to anyway! This week, I’m keeping an eye on the following pairs:

 

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Weekly forex outlook: NZDUSD sell

Weekly forex outlook: August 28

It is Sunday again, so I’m taking some time to analyse the potential setups on forex pairs for the upcoming week. Last week was relatively quiet for me, with only 2 trades taken: the USDCAD long and a EURUSD short setup I discovered afterwards. The USDCAD trade ended up being just above break-even for me. Even though the pair closed the week higher, at some point it went against the rules of my trading plan so I exited my position. No harm done, there will always be other trades. The EURUSD short on the other hand went my way, and I ended up with a a nice profit for a R:R of 1:1.5. Overall another profitable week.

 

I exited all my positions on Thursday since I didn’t want to get whipped out due to the Jackson Hole summit, where the federal bankers of the world come together to discuss monetary policy. Of particular importance was the Fed chairwomen Yellen’s speech on Friday, so I wanted to be safe and not have any positions open. Markets did move a lot during her speech, so unless you’re a news trader (which is too risky for my liking), I suggest you always close or at least cover your positions before an important news event like this.

Yellen at Jackson Hole

 

But now on to the upcoming week! August, the month that is dreaded by a lot of traders because of the reduced volume is finally on its last legs. I will be hesitant to enter any positions on Monday morning since I want to first see what the overall market sentiment is after the Jackson Hole events (which continued on Saturday as well). But nevertheless, here are the currency pair’s I’m keeping an eye on:

 

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