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Why the New FOMC Decision Matters

Yesterday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve’s policy-making body, implemented yet another 75 basis point interest rate hike. While this move was perfectly in line with market forecasts, Chair Powell’s comments following the subsequent press conference, in which he discussed the FOMC’s new set of economic projections, were significant. He continued to emphasize the Fed’s commitment to bringing year-over-year inflation back down to 2%, even at the expense of short-term economic growth, offering little in the way of dovishness. These events may become key fundamental catalysts for further bullish USD price action and stock selloffs, hence why the new FOMC decision matters.

Top Pairs to Trade

Because the Federal Reserve has re-upped its commitment to contractionary monetary policy, which is favorable for the US Dollar’s value in the forex market, USD bulls have ever more reason for fundamentals to be on their side. The following pairs are among the EdgeFinder’s top recommendations for USD bulls, as can be seen with their respective ratings and biases/signals. The first three pairs have either broken through or just touched support, with potential breakouts to the downside seeming plausible. The fourth pair, USD/JPY, sold off today before finding some support, while even more buying pressure seems likely in light of the Bank of Japan's decision yesterday to continue their ultraloose monetary policy.

1) EUR/USD (Receives a -7, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

Why the New FOMC Decision Matters
Why the New FOMC Decision Matters

2) GBP/USD (Receives a -6, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

Why the New FOMC Decision Matters
Why the New FOMC Decision Matters

3) AUD/USD (Receives a -4, or ‘Sell’ Signal)

Why the New FOMC Decision Matters
Why the New FOMC Decision Matters

4) USD/JPY (Receives a 4, or ‘Buy’ Signal)

Why the New FOMC Decision Matters
Why the New FOMC Decision Matters
Shocking CAD Inflation News

Statistics Canada released a surprising new batch of inflation data this morning: month-over-month CPI failed to meet market forecasts, declining by 0.3% instead of the anticipated 0.1%. Rather than being an outlier, the other measurements of CPI mostly followed suit, as both year-over-year Trimmed CPI and Median CPI likewise failed to meet expectations. Trimmed CPI’s poor performance, clocking in at a 5.2% increase year-over-year instead of the expected 5.5%, could be interpreted as particularly significant in that it excludes the 40% most volatile prices. This may theoretically set CAD fundamentals apart from USD, in that the Federal Reserve has incentive to keep hiking interest rates due to stubborn core inflation, while the Bank of Canada no longer does. Regardless of your overall Canadian Dollar bias, this is shocking CAD inflation news.

Best Pairs to Trade

While there are multiple ways to take this news, I personally have two takeaways: 1) USD/CAD bullishness now seems more compelling in light of the growing disparity between Canada’s inflation problem and the US’ inflation problem, and 2) the market reaction to this news could present discounted opportunities to buy CAD against less promising currencies. These readings are consistent with current EdgeFinder signals as well, as can be seen with the following pairs:

1) USD/CAD (Receives a 3, or ‘Buy’ Signal)

Shocking CAD Inflation News
Shocking CAD Inflation News

Price action has just hit a historic resistance zone, with Keltner Channels also indicating overbought conditions. Conservative traders may want to wait for a more optimal buying opportunity, though there may be some breathing room left before hitting the upper trendline and top of this resistance zone.

2) GBP/CAD (Receives a -6, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

Shocking CAD Inflation News
Shocking CAD Inflation News

Price action is currently retesting the depicted zone as resistance and could potentially serve as an optimal selling point.

3) NZD/CAD (Receives a -4, or ‘Sell’ Signal)

Shocking CAD Inflation News
Shocking CAD Inflation News

Despite the bearish CAD news and support at 0.79, price action has still been bearish for this pair today. There is also ample room to potentially continue selling off before touching support from the lower trendline.

4 Pairs to Watch Next Week

As the trading week comes to a close, and forex traders are given another weekend of respite to mentally rest and/or backtest, it is worth considering where to pick back up on Monday. While there are many criteria to consider when selecting pairs to watch closely, in this article we will list several such pairs based on scheduled economic data releases and compelling EdgeFinder analysis. Based on these two categories, here are 4 pairs to watch next week.

1) GBP/CAD (Receives a -7, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

4 Pairs to Watch Next Week
4 Pairs to Watch Next Week

On Tuesday, September 20th, Statistics Canada will be releasing a variety of month-over-month and year over year CPI data for August. On Thursday, September 22nd, the Bank of England (BoE) is forecast to hike the Official Bank Rate by 50 basis points, issuing a corresponding monetary policy summary as well. The Bank of Canada has been far more hawkish as of late than the BoE, so unless there are any bullish surprises, this pair seems likely to continue its bearish trend.

2) GBP/CHF (Receives a -7, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

4 Pairs to Watch Next Week
4 Pairs to Watch Next Week

Along with the aforementioned BoE upcoming monetary policy decision, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will also be deciding on a new policy rate on Thursday, September 22nd. The SNB is expected to implement a rate hike of 75 basis points, doing away with the precedent of negative interest rates. These expectations have seen this pair fall to historically significant lows, as can be glimpsed on the 1-week timeframe above.

3) GBP/USD (Receives a -6, or ‘Strong Sell’ Signal)

4 Pairs to Watch Next Week
4 Pairs to Watch Next Week

This pair presents another opportunity to sell GBP, since the Federal Reserve will be adjusting the Federal Funds Rate on Wednesday September 21st, as well as issuing accompanying economic projections and a related statement. Fed Chair Jerome Powell currently shows no signs of relenting from hawkishness as a 75 basis point rate hike is forecast. With support being tested, we will see whether the BoE or the Fed could present a catalyst for a breakout to the downside.

4) USD/JPY (Receives a 4, or ‘Buy’ Signal)

4 Pairs to Watch Next Week
4 Pairs to Watch Next Week

Along with the upcoming Federal Reserve decision, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will also make a monetary policy decision this week. If the BoJ continues to keep their Policy Rate below-zero, further abstaining from rate hikes as currently forecast, this could usher in even more bullish momentum for this pair. Depending on how the Fed’s move meets or contrasts with market expectations, USD/JPY could yet again touch, or break out above, trendline resistance.

USD Still Strong from Inflation

This morning, at 8:30 am Eastern Time, the United States’ Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that inflation had once again beaten expectations. Market forecasts had anticipated a 0.1% decrease in month-over-month CPI in August, whereas a 0.1% increase was the result. However, even bigger news was month-over-month Core CPI coming in hot at 0.6%, double the 0.3% increase that had been forecast.

With annual core inflation in the US currently sitting at 6.3%, sharp declines in volatile energy prices are still not enough to bring the country’s inflation train to a screeching halt. This gives the Federal Reserve further incentive to continue raising interest rates, which manifested in a surge of buying pressure for USD this morning as the US Dollar Index jumps 1% intraday. With even a technical recession and a rising unemployment rate unsuccessful in completely mitigating economic overheating, USD bulls may have fundamentals on their side for the near future.

Three Great Major Pairs

The following major pairs are ranked favorably for USD bulls by the EdgeFinder, A1 Trading’s software tool that provides supplemental analysis. Based on criteria ranging from fundamentals to trader sentiment, those who are bullish on USD may want to watch these pairs for potential opportunities to go long on the Greenback:

1) EUR/USD (Receives a -5, or ‘Sell’ Signal)

USD Still Strong from Inflation

2) GBP/USD (Receives a -5, or ‘Sell’ Signal)

USD Still Strong from Inflation

3) USD/JPY (Receives a 4, or ‘Buy’ Signal)

USD Still Strong from Inflation
How to Short GBP

(More) Bad News for the United Kingdom

This morning, at 2 am Eastern Time, the UK’s Office for National Statistics reported that month-over-month Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a key measure of economic output, had failed to meet forecasts. While markets and analysts had expected 0.3% or 0.4% growth, the reality was a disappointing 0.2%. Though not a contraction, it is yet another in a long list of unfortunate national events ranging from double-digit annual inflation to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

With newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss taking the reigns at a time of great economic suffering, and a still-wary Bank of England unable to halt supply-side woes, there is little certainty to be found for the Pound Sterling. With fundamentals, institutional sentiment, and technical analysis pointing towards continued GBP bearish momentum, let’s explore which GBP pairs have the best selling potential.

Top Three Pairs to Sell

According to the EdgeFinder, A1 Trading’s market scanner software, the three most promising pairs to sell are all GBP pairs. All three are experiencing months-long downtrends, with recent bullish price action retesting key levels in the form of resistance. Here they are, along with their respective EdgeFinder signals:

1) GBP/USD (Earns a Score of -7, or ‘Strong Sell’)

How to Short GBP

2) GBP/CHF (Earns a Score of -7, or ‘Strong Sell’)

How to Short GBP

3) GBP/CAD (Earns a Score of -7, or ‘Strong Sell’)

How to Short GBP
CHF Might Be Underrated

Forex traders had a fair bit of news to chew on this morning. All eyes were on the European Central Bank as they implemented an anticipated 75 basis point rate hike followed by a press conference, after which the world was treated to yet more commentary from Fed Chair Powell. Perhaps sliding under the radar was positive labor market news for CHF, with Switzerland’s unemployment rate beating expectations by falling to 2.1%. This joins a long list of reasons to consider going long on the Swiss Franc, as CHF might be underrated.

The Swiss Economy’s Strength

Switzerland boasts many economic factors weighing in its favor, including its hot labor market, CHF’s safe haven reputation, and GDP growth in spite of a recession-prone global economy. In many ways it is comparable to Japan’s economy, as both are high performing, export-heavy economies that are historically comfortable with negative interest rates due to low inflation relative to other countries.

However, one crucial difference between the two in terms of fundamentals is that the Swiss National Bank has proven willing to hike interest rates recently, whereas the Bank of Japan has thus far put off such a move. With Switzerland’s annual inflation still creeping up, currently hovering at 3.5% (a thirty-year high), more tightening could potentially be on the menu.

Best CHF Pairs to Trade

According to the EdgeFinder, A1 Trading’s market scanner tool, the following three pairs may be worth selling for CHF bulls. Here are the pairs, along with their respective EdgeFinder ratings:

1) GBP/CHF (Earns a -6, or ‘Strong Sell’ Rating)

CHF Might Be Underrated

2) NZD/CHF (Earns a -6, or ‘Strong Sell’ Rating)

CHF Might Be Underrated

3) AUD/CHF (Earns a -5, or ‘Sell’ Rating)

CHF Might Be Underrated
Get Ready: Big 3 Tomorrow

On September 2nd, tomorrow morning, at 8:30 am Eastern Time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release another crucial round of US labor market data for last month. The public will learn 1) how average hourly earnings, i.e., labor prices, have changed month-over-month, 2) how many non-farm payrolls (NFP) were added, and 3) what the new national unemployment rate is. These three bits of information will likely cause a great deal of volatility among major pairs.

How Is This Significant?

These metrics offer traders key insight into how hot the US labor market still is, which plays into overall inflation because of its reciprocal relationship with consumer demand. If these numbers beat market forecasts, then the Federal Reserve will be even more incentivized to hike the federal funds rate to slow the economy, which is bullish for USD. However, if the data fail to meet forecasts, this would be bearish for USD accordingly. Current expectations are: 1) average hourly earnings to increase by 0.4%, 2) 295,000 net new hires across non-farm industries, and 3) a static unemployment rate, remaining at 3.5%.

Possible Pairs to Trade

According to the EdgeFinder, A1 Trading’s market scanner that offers supplemental analysis for traders, the following are currently three of the most promising major pairs to trade for USD bulls. Whether you plan on entering a position before tomorrow’s big news, or wait until the data is revealed, these three pairs are worth watching.

1) EUR/USD (Earns a -7, or ‘Strong Sell’ Rating)

Get Ready: Big 3 Tomorrow

2) GBP/USD (Earns a -7, or ‘Strong Sell’ Rating)

Get Ready: Big 3 Tomorrow

3) USD/JPY (Earns a 4, or ‘Buy’ Rating)

Get Ready: Big 3 Tomorrow
3 Great CAD Pairs

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made a market-moving speech this morning, striking a deliberately hawkish tone regarding the taming of inflation continuing to be the Fed’s priority. While USD is surging against other currencies as markets now expect further interest rate hikes with a greater degree of certainty, let’s explore another currency that may be quite undervalued: the Canadian Dollar. Let’s discuss CAD’s fundamentals, and 3 great CAD pairs to potentially trade next week.

What’s Special About CAD Fundamentals?

Taken at face value, the state of Canada’s economy may not seem especially impressive in terms of fundamental analysis for forex. Annual inflation (7.6%) is high, but not shockingly so relative to other economies, and the unemployment rate hovers just shy of a mediocre 5%. However, upon a closer look, there are many impressive aspects to it, including an extremely hawkish Bank of Canada, a key interest rate identical to that of the US, and positive GDP growth. On top of these conditions, Canada consistently exports oil and gas to the US, an economy approximately ten times bigger, and the estimated value of Canada’s natural resources is over $30 trillion, among the highest in the world.

Best Pairs to Trade

For those who are interested in going long on CAD, here are three of the EdgeFinder’s top-rated suggestions for CAD pairs to sell, along with their respective ratings:

1) GBP/CAD (Earns a -8, or 'Strong Sell')

3 Great CAD Pairs

2) EUR/CAD (Earns a -7, or 'Strong Sell')

3 Great CAD Pairs

3) NZD/CAD (Earns a -3, or 'Sell')

3 Great CAD Pairs
Warning: Jackson Hole is Here

The next few days will likely be full of unusual degrees of volatility in both the forex and stock markets. Let’s discuss why, and how to prepare for it, as we issue an urgent warning: Jackson Hole is here.

What is Jackson Hole?

The Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, often simply referred to as ‘Jackson Hole’, is an exclusive, three-day annual conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since the early 80s, the conference is an extremely significant event for traders and investors, as it is attended by many of the biggest movers and shakers in the global financial markets. Invites are reserved for influential investors, prominent government officials, economists, and central bankers, and media coverage of comments and speeches at the event can heavily influence market sentiment and price action.  

Potential Impact on Major Pairs

Jackson Hole is an extremely difficult event to prepare for because coverage is extensive, and any number of off-hand remarks could have dizzying unexpected consequences. With the conference kicking off today, traders should take caution since the forex and stock markets could easily become the wild west over the next few days, with any number of catalysts surfacing.

Tomorrow at 10 am Eastern Time, Fed Chair Jerome Powell is set to give a Symposium speech on economic outlook which will likely address the dual problems of inflation and recession, wherein he will offer hints at Fed policy plans. Depending on whether his remarks are interpreted as hawkish or dovish, this could potentially cause USD to either plummet or soar against other currencies. With a smaller Q2 US GDP contraction than originally estimated, and Core PCE Price Index (the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation) numbers also coming out tomorrow at 8:30 am, traders, Powell, and conference attendees will all have much to chew on.

Possible USD Setups

According to the EdgeFinder, A1 Trading’s market scanner tool that helps traders conduct analysis, here are three of the top-rated pairs to sell for USD bulls. All three have recently hit key support zones, though no breakouts from their clear downtrends have yet to occur. If Powell comes across as particularly hawkish tomorrow, this could prompt breakouts to the downside, and continuation for the existing downtrends. However, if he comes across as dovish, we may see support hold, along with breakouts to the upside, disrupting these downtrends.

1) GBP/USD

Warning: Jackson Hole is Here

2) EUR/USD

Warning: Jackson Hole is Here

3) AUD/USD

Warning: Jackson Hole is Here
Top 4 Pairs to Sell Today

At 2 am Eastern Time today, the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics reported that annual inflation has officially crossed into the double digits for the first time since 1982. In July, year-over-year CPI in the UK beat expectations by rising 10.1%, while year-over-year Core CPI (which excludes volatile food and energy prices) similarly beat market forecasts by increasing 6.2%. While high inflation of this magnitude is typically a bullish indication for a currency, implying rampant growth which must be slowed through higher interest rates, there is reason to believe that is not the case here. This is primarily because a) the UK’s economy is contracting, and b) the Bank of England has thus far been too timid to be effectively hawkish. With this in mind, let’s discuss the EdgeFinder’s top 4 pairs to sell today, which happen to all be GBP pairs.

1) GBP/USD

Top 4 Pairs to Sell Today

This pair makes the top of the bearish list, earning a -8 or ‘strong sell’ signal from the EdgeFinder. This is because the US economy’s fundamentals are better than the UK’s (except for severity in GDP contraction), trader sentiment heavily favors USD, and both trend reading and seasonality (historical performance this month) indicate bearishness.

2) GBP/CHF

Top 4 Pairs to Sell Today

This pair also earns a ‘strong sell’ signal, or -6. Most variables favor CHF due to the Swiss economy’s resilient performance in contrast to that of the UK. COT data and interest rate divergence are the only categories that don’t support this signal because institutional traders have similar sentiment regarding these currencies, and the Swiss National Bank has not had to confront high inflation.

3) GBP/CAD

Top 4 Pairs to Sell Today

Earning yet another -6 or ‘strong sell’ signal, all categories but two favor CAD due to Canada’s economic stability and hawkish central bank. Only seasonality favors GBP, along with the UK’s superior unemployment rate (currently 3.8% to Canada’s 4.9%), though Canada’s has been declining.

4) GBP/AUD

Top 4 Pairs to Sell Today

This pair earns a milder, but still significant, ‘sell’ signal at -5. All listed fundamentals lean in AUD’s favor, while both institutional and retail sentiment remain neutral, with only seasonality supporting GBP.

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