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As this week comes to a close, we are looking ahead at future setups that could be some of the best opportunities for the next several trading sessions. Here are some pairs for next week that we are looking at.

EUR/JPY

pairs for next week

Recent data has shown a slow down in the German manufacturing sector. With European economies still working on a recovery, the ECB is hesitant to raise rates, but plans on doing so this summer. However, Japan is experiencing the same thing, yet they are far off from raising rates.

EURJPY looks strong on the 1D and 4H timeframes after a strong uptrend for the past week. Price has support in the 141s as well as the rising trend line on the 4H. The 50 and 200 simple moving averages are also promising support levels for the pair should price move lower. The Edgefinder has even ranked it the highest buy rating at +5.

GBP/USD

pairs for next week

GBPUSD is another setup that looks promising to the short side. Both the US and UK are fearful of returning to a recession after stagflation. The only difference is that the USD is what investors see as a safe haven while the pound is more speculative. The US is also outpacing England in their attempts to raise rates and curb inflation.

On the 1D timeframe, this pair found a new low and is slowly working up from that level. There is a falling trend line that could serve as resistance as it is also paired with the 61.8% fib retracement zone. Just above that, is the 50 DMA of mild resistance, while the 1.26670s serves as a double top. These were the three short opportunities that look promising. The Edgefinder ranks this pair as the strongest sell rating at -7.

USD/CHF

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CHF is strong, but the USD is stronger. The SNB's recent decision to hike rates pushed this pair lower while risk-on sentiment added to the dollar sell off. This was an unexpected decision and was the first time the bank hiked in over a decade. The Edgefinder actually ranks this at a -3 sell rating.

The double top on the 1D timeframe suggests heavy resistance as price retraced hard underneath it. However, the pair may have found support on the 61.8% fib level. There is also some additional support below that around 0.94628. The fact that the pair did cross underneath the rising trend line is a bearish sign, so price may continue lower in the meantime.

When it comes to testimonies, it's all in how you say it. Jerome Powell has to be very particular in the way he makes his statements and answers the ensuing questions. Here is what might be in store for the market in the coming days and weeks, and whether or not there will be more downside or not.

"Unconditional Commitment To Fighting Inflation"

Powell's remarks regarding inflation are promising to the value of the dollar in the long run. However, what this means is that capping inflation comes before anything else. In 2020-21, the Fed focused so much of their energy on expanding job growth and the number of hires each month. Now, the Fed has another plan in mind, and that is to control the surging inflation by any means.

The Fed may not be concerning themselves with job growth at all until the inflation target is at or near 2% that they originally forecasted. So, if unemployment were to rise in the meantime, the Fed will continue to focus on hiking interest in order to reach that target.

Powell even goes on to say that it is even trickier to fight high CPI without bringing the labor market down as well.

Recession Is Possible But Not Inevitable

The Fed chairman continues to drive home his policy towards a 50 to 75 basis point hike for future meetings. This could put the financial market at risk for a recession, but it does not necessarily mean one will happen.

The 'soft landing' strategy they hoped for will probably not happen once things are said and done. So, the market may be rocky on the way to a recovering dollar, and the concern that a recession could happen is still present, but not definite, according to Powell.

SPX500 Setups

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We are seeing some mild bullishness from the index after it touched down to the lows from several trading sessions ago. Price is now coming up to resistance on the 1D but could have enough momentum to break upward in the short term. The top of the falling channel could signify where price might turn back to the lows should it move that high. This area would be around the $4000 price level while the strongest support looks to be at the 2020 highs of $3390.

The historically 'safe' currency to hold in times of recessions is in a unique situation now with a couple factors in place. Here is why the yen is stronger today as well as some trade setups that could push its value either up or down.

Weaker Yen Now, Stronger Yen Later

The Bank of Japan has been consistently keeping the yen in a weaker state for a long time now as interest rates still remain negative. Keeping yields low and easing is all part of the process to bring strength back to Japan's currency over time. A major focus that BOJ governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, is economic recovery, so spending must be ample.

The yen is also subject to volatile swings in either direction. And as long as rates keep causing depreciation, investors will likely be short. However, should investors see a light at the end of the tunnel (which could be happening now), JPY might be priced higher and cause a surge in price.

Against the USD, however, it may not find a good enough advantage than if it were to be paired against a country like Canada, Europe or UK. Here are some setups that could be bullish for yen should the rally continue.

Yen Setups

GBP/JPY

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Pound-yen can't seem to break above what is now a triple top on the 1D timeframe. The pair seems to be ranging from the upward trend line to this top which is creating a sort of wedge pattern. The yen's recent strength could take price back down to the trend line for a third test.

CAD/JPY

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CADJPY works its way down as oil demand weakened and BOJ hints at working towards tighter policy. Price is nearing support around 102.700s with additional support from a rising trend line on the 1D timeframe. A break under this trend line could take price lower towards the 98.400s.

EUR/JPY

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EJ looks similar to GJ except for the double top on this chart. Price came down today and is also nearing a rising trend line paired with support on the 1D timeframe. Price could come down to test those levels again. Now that there is a double top, price may struggle to break higher than the 144s.

Tomorrow and Thursday will likely be the most volatile days for the USD this week because of the testimony given by Jerome Powell. Here are some things to look out for as well as a couple trade setups that could lead to huge market swings either up or down.

Bullish Case For USD

In order for the USD to be more bullish, investors need to be more fearful of a recession as well as further tightening monetary policy. Because inflation is so high, analysts fear that it may take years before we come back to the Fed's original target of 2%. Powell may make remarks about this in the upcoming testimonies, and it would be very important to listen for this when we trade.

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Powell will also address current policy towards the inflation cap where he will either stay the course or loosen up for expansionary reasons. If he says that the 75 basis points hikes are likely to continue, we may start to see another rise in USD. The original plan was to bring rates up by a quarter of a percent each time, however, this changed to half and then three-quarters of a percent in the most recent hike.

Bearish Case For USD

Should Powell state that in terms of the economy, the US is doing better than they thought, the price of the dollar might fall. Additionally, if Powell says that the economy is in trouble and the Fed wants to loosen policy, we also might see a fall in USD.

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US unemployment rate

The US unemployment rate is another thing to look out for as jobless claims come in on Thursday. Higher unemployment usually means bullishness for the dollar. However, now investors might be looking at higher unemployment/higher jobless claims as bearishness for the USD. This is because the worse the US economy is doing, the more likely it is for Powell to take a less hawkish stance toward the dollar and raise rates at a slower and lesser pace.

USD Trade Setups

USD/CHF

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This pair on the 1D timeframe has come down to support on a rising trend line. Price also hit the 50% fib level and has been showing considerable rejection from the lows in each of the last three trading sessions. If price bounces from here, we might see the pair go back up to the double top it established in the week before above 1.00000.

GBP/USD

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Pound-dollar is barely up today after a weak rally to the upside. A strong falling trend line sits right above price which may serve as a short opportunity on the 1D timeframe. Today's candle is already showing signs of rejection from the highs, so there might be selling pressure in the near future depending on how this candle closes. Should price retrace, it could come down to test the lows of 1.19520s.

EUR/USD

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EURUSD inches higher with the stock market today although momentum is not very strong at open. Price is nearing resistance around the 50 DMA with a 1.07600s resistance level right above that. Lagarde plans to hike twice this summer but the US has already hiked 3 times and plans to reach over 4% interest by the end of the year. This gives USD a bullish advantage over the euro.

We may be entering another volatile week of trading as testimonies from spokesmen of US and Australian central banks are set to happen. Fears of a global recession have investors moving into risk-off currencies and indices around the world fall into bear market territory. In light of the current market condition, here are some of the best trade setups we see going into this week (6/20/2022).

Highest Trending

USD/CAD

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USDCAD is one of the best trending pairs to trade right now as price has moved mostly sideways with a gradual slant upward. As oil prices take a break from its recent surge, the Fed pushed interest rates higher by 75 bp causing growing demand for the dollar. Price has touched a previous high and retraced from the 1.30700s on the 1D timeframe, establishing a double top. However, there is clean support right below in the 1.29680s where price can retest and potentially head back up into the 1.3s again.

Biggest Movers

AUD/CHF

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Aussie pairs are catching the most volatility today with the RBA governor testimony in focus. Aussie-Swiss fell towards its March highs, but the pair bounced before it could hit a support level around 0.66800s. This support is also coupled with 61.8% fib level on the 1D timeframe which could serve as strong support for the pair should price move lower.

AUD/JPY

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AUDJPY is up 0.55% today on yen weakness. Price came down to test the 50 DMA before rejecting the lows and shooting back up. Higher lows and highs have been established which suggests the uptrend will probably continue. With that in mind, the pair could go back up to test the highs around 96.900s on the 1D timeframe. Additional support lies below around 86.087.

Strongest Edgefinder Readings

CHF/JPY

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CHFJPY is one of the strongest 'buy' ratings on the Edgefinder today at +4. The Swiss Franc is stronger this week for last week's recent rate hike decision from -0.75% to -0.25% interest. BOJ plans to keep the same monetary policy even though other countries are working to tighten over the next several months. Price jumped again today and is above previous resistance in the 137.800s. There is also a supportive trend line that the pair could bounce off from should price move lower.

GBP/USD

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GBP/USD is now a -8 strong sell rating on the Edgefinder after unemployment and inflation exceed that of the US. All metrics are red except for GDP growth while the majority of retail is long this pair. Institutional interest is strong on the USD as the number of long contracts increased by 10% last week while GBP long contracts fell by 4%. Fears of an economic recession in both the US and UK point towards heavy risk-off sentiment which gives the dollar a considerable advantage in this situation. The pair just retraced from the recent gains it made in the last week suggesting that price could come down to test the lows again around 1.19392.

After a volatile week of trading, we look to Monday as we attempt to forecast the week ahead. There could still be some rocky sessions ahead. So, here is some fundamental analysis on our trading biases towards the USD major pairs.

EUR/USD

Bias: Bearish

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The euro has given back some of its gains this morning as risk appetite fades once again. The rumored 75 basis point hike on the US dollar became expected and brought some hope to investors. On the other hand, the ECB is not expected to raise rates any time soon which has investors concerned for the euro. Risk-off still remains dominant in global markets, so the euro-dollar pair may continue to decline in the meantime.

GBP/USD

Bias: Bearish

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Inflation in both the US and UK have reached 40-year highs while their central government’s take increasingly hawkish stances on their currencies. However, the Band of England couldn’t mimic the same hike in rates as the Fed which could be considered bearish for the pair. Both countries are in similar economic conditions, so it looks like the USD will be preferred over the pound because the UK couldn't match the Fed’s 75 basis point hike.

AUD/USD

Bias: Bearish

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Aussie-dollar showed very similar price action behavior towards the FOMC decision and is now giving back most of its gains from the last two trading sessions. Fundamentals for this pair are the same for EURUSD and GBPUSD. The dollar looks stronger due to the more combative approach by the Fed than other countries. 

USD/CAD

Bias: Neutral, Bullish-leaning

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The dollar has been extremely bullish against the loonie as oil prices decline. The commodity-driven economy has been showing more growth than in the US as the Canadian central bank works towards tapering while continuing with their tight policy. With the current shortage in supply and high demand for oil, Canada might still be able to have a leg up on the dollar, so the pair may have some volatile oscillations.

USD/CHF

Bias: Bullish

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Dollar-swiss sank prior and during the SNB’s rate decision that brought interest from -.75% to -.25%, a 50 basis point increase. Yesterday’s drop could have been overblown as the USD still remains strong in many aspects. However, the Swiss Franc does look strong when matched against currencies like the yen, the euro, and buck which are lagging on their monetary tightening process.

4 Lessons from FOMC Yesterday

On June 15th, yesterday afternoon, the Federal Reserve released the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) latest Summary of Economic Projections, coupled with their corresponding statement. They revealed that the FOMC had decided to raise the Federal Funds Rate by a whopping 75 basis points (bps), to a range between 1.5-1.75%; such a hike has not been seen since 1994. Upon this news, and ostensibly in response to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference afterwards, financial markets saw a great deal of volatility. The US Dollar Index (DXY) made gains before closing lower at 104.66, while the Dow Jones oscillated between 30,000 and 31,000 before closing slightly higher. Today DXY continues to sink lower as the Dow abandons yesterday’s gains, falling over 800 points intraday, below 30,000. With this context in mind, let’s unpack this as we learn 4 lessons from FOMC yesterday.

1) The Fed is Becoming Increasingly Hawkish

The 75 bps rate hike decision was somewhat shocking. Though an increasing number of analysts began predicting it earlier this week (with speculation about a supposed leak occurring), such an aggressive measure is rare by contemporary standards. Powell made it clear the bold decision was taken in response to May’s hotter-than-expected inflation data, a disturbing 1% CPI increase month-over-month, or 8.6% year-over-year. Though this had not been the FOMC’s intention prior to this information, Powell emphasized that they are willing to roll with the punches and are open to further aggressive measures so long as inflation remains a serious threat.

While he did convey that they will be planning each hike on a case-by-case basis contingent upon inflation reports, he seemed to be signaling that the Fed’s responsibility for price stability must temporarily take precedent over currently maximizing employment, that it might be maximized long-term. This reflects the tone of the hawkish FOMC statement as well, factoring into the aforementioned economic projections, which anticipate increased unemployment, slower growth, and at least a 3% Federal Funds Rate by the end of 2022. While invariably negative news for the stock market, this is perhaps more ambiguous for USD than it appears at face-value, since a seemingly positive hawkish agenda may be undercut by worsening economic expectations.

2) Powell is Unpredictable (Even to Himself)

A generous interpretation of Powell’s decision and rationale is that he reacts swiftly to the latest information. A more cynical interpretation, which some of the questions at the press conference reflected, is that he is fickle and erratic, indicating one set of monetary policy plans before scrapping them for new ones. After all, today’s hawkish FOMC Chairman is nearly unrecognizable from the COVID-era Powell who was fixated on economic stimulus and near-zero interest rates.

However, to Powell’s credit, he is rather self-aware on this matter. He was transparent yesterday about the fact that he is entirely unsure to what extent each rate hike will cool the overheated US economy, particularly in light of pervasive supply chain issues and externalities due to the invasion of Ukraine. These are holistically unusual circumstances, and the FOMC is confined to conducting an ongoing sequence of interest rate experiments to eventually establish an inflation solution. Though honest, this degree of transparency has likely not helped the public or markets gain trust in the Federal Reserve, and thus may have contributed to today’s securities selloffs.

3) Leave Room for Baffling Market Reactions

Upon reading the statement and watching the press conference, the Fed’s intentions left little room for interpretation in my eyes, striking me as hawkish in a clear-cut fashion. While Powell did leave some wiggle room for less aggressive responses if future CPI reports reflect inflation slowing down, he made it quite clear that more 75 bps hikes are on the table, even likely. Taken altogether, all the information provided yesterday appeared overwhelmingly bullish for USD, and bearish for stocks. While yesterday saw another bout of odd buying pressure for stocks upon the rate hike news, today’s decline is unfortunately a more understandable return to form.

However, DXY is down over 1% today intraday as USD plummets in value against other currencies. Despite today’s news on higher-than-expected US unemployment claims, as well as worsening economic conditions according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, this USD outcome has been surprising. Although economic expectations in the US are becoming gradually bleaker as recession fears grow, I had imagined that demand for USD due to huge rate hikes and persistent inflation would have outweighed selling pressure. While I am still anticipating this to be the case, it is helpful to remember that there is no certainty in the markets, and every bullish or bearish signal must be taken with more than a grain of salt.

4) Technical Analysis Still Matters

One factor that likely aided selling pressure for USD was how much buying pressure it had encountered in the days leading up to FOMC, perhaps in anticipation of the suspected 75 bps hike. This bullish momentum reflected in USD pairs, many cases of which led price action to a key level of support or resistance. Touching these levels, in conjunction with how overbought USD was purely from the standpoint of various technical indicators such as the Relative Strength Index and Keltner Channels, was a good recipe for price action reversing course.

This FOMC news is thus a great case study in (seemingly) straightforward fundamentals not exempting traders from having to conduct technical analysis. Even if foreign exchange markets favor USD bulls in the long run, bullish momentum will still almost certainly pause here and there while bears exhaust themselves. If this is the case, such a pause taking place at the intersection between key support/resistance levels and big central bank news was the perfect point to do so.

Key Takeaways

After a rocky first half of the year in the stock markets around the world, indices have fallen well off their highs as they enter correction territory. Global inflation and slowing economic growth has investors fearful of the risk-on environment, but that sentiment is bound to shift back at some point. Here are some possible setups on these indices as well as their potential bottoms for the next bull market.

UK100

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England's stock market falls over 3% today, although price isn't too far from the highs in $7,690s. A triple bottom level another 3% lower looks like the index's first target price for a turnaround. The second level is a double bottom around 7% lower should the market continue to flop. Recent rate hikes and a retail slowdown has sunk shares today as well as sentiment, so a continuation to the downside seems likely.

JP225

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Japan's stock market index is currently 16.84% off the highs from earlier this year as price falls another 3% today with the rest of the global equities. A potential bottom on this 1D timeframe looks like $24,482 where there is a previous bottom. Price could definitively sink lower, however, there are not many clean levels of support that would suggest an evident sign for a reversion.

GER30

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Germany's index is down 4% today after FOMC and a rise in utility prices from slashing gas supply in the country. GER30 looks promising at the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement zone. More specifically, a previous resistance and support level at $11,311 suggest that price will move here which is deep into correction territory from 2020.

SPX500

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The S&P falls three and a half percent today in the aftermath of FOMC yesterday and the 75 bp rate hike. Three levels give us an idea where price might bottom out, but one of them has already been broken. The levels are at $3668, $3587 and $3392 respectively. The first two levels are basic long-term levels of support, but the last target is key since it is the highs of 2020 pre-pandemic.

NAS100

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The NASDAQ is taking the biggest loss today after being down over 4%. The index is 34% off the highs and stuck in a grossly sold off bear market. It looks like price will keep falling to a previous bottom around $10,699. If that level gets broken, the index could move to the highs of 2020 along with the SPX500 which would be at $9748, another 12.50% lower than current price.

To refresh our understanding of trade setups, we created a playbook of different scenarios where technical analysis would help pinpoint entries and maximize profits. Here are a few theoretical plays we can practice and incorporate in our own trading experience.

Technical Analysis

Play #1 - Head and Shoulders Pattern

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In this setup, a higher high succeeded a lower top which was then followed up by another lower top, forming a head and shoulders pattern. Such a pattern suggests that momentum to the upside is weak, and price could move to the downside. A support level allowed for price to bounce up from there. When price tested that support level again, it broke support and fell lower. The stop loss was set right above the two shoulders to give the trade room to move around, otherwise it could get stopped out early.

Play #2 - Retest on Support Level

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When price is moving in an uptrend, it is more likely to see bounces from support levels after retracement. In this scenario, movement was slanted upward followed by a steeper climb which then retraced onto support. That level was a previous top, and it now serves as clean support and a good entry for going long. The stop loss was set below another level of support while the take profit placed above a previous high suggesting that the trader believes higher highs will be made.

Play #3 - Fib-based Setup

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The Fibonacci retracement tool is another good indicator to use for technical analysis. The 0.618 is often referred to as a key zone. In this trade, price came all the way back from highs to a 61.8% retracement. The fib drawing starts at a bottom and goes up to where price peaks. These can be drawn on any kind of timeframe, short or long term. They can also be for upside or downside trades. The entry was placed at 61.8% with the stop loss set below that zone. The take profit level was at the next significant fib deviation zone.

Play #4 - Breakout

Another momentum-based setup is the breakout pattern. For a breakout to occur, usually a wedge pattern forms as price consolidates. Lower highs and higher lows form creating the wedge pattern's shape on the chart. In order to have a true breakout, price must close above or below the wedge which would indicate momentum to the upside or downside. The stop loss is placed below the wedge while the take profit is set well above the breakout point.

Play #5 - Flag Pattern

A flag pattern setup typically forms after a larger move to the upside. Price almost takes a break from the run up and starts consolidating, creating some sort of a wedge formation while not falling too far from the highs. It's called a flag pattern by the way it looks on the chart: there is a pole (movement upward) and the flag at the top (the wedge). When price nears the end of the wedge, price could break out and continue its move upward. The entry point is on the break point while the stop loss is somewhere below the wedge. The take profit is above the wedge.

Global inflation, company layoffs, economic sanctions, geopolitical conflicts and so on have investors shuddering from the thought of investing. Volatility has picked up well beyond expectations as recession fears loom in the forefront of everyone's mind. With all these issues, it's hard to tackle markets when we have been so used to different monetary policy, risk-on sentiment and economic growth. As the FOMC meeting is just over the horizon, it is important to brush up on key concepts to help us prepare for market uncertainty. So, here are some ways to make money trading during turbulent market conditions.

Trade Risk-Off Pairs/Buy USD

What Does Risk-Off Mean?

Due to ever-changing market conditions, examples of risk-off pairs tend to change as well. Risk-off currencies basically are the ones that perform better in times of uncertainty, economic struggles, hawkish monetary policy or high inflation.

Here is a list of risk-off currencies that tend to do better in recessionary times:

Historically, these currencies have been considered 'safe haven' investments when the economy is suffering. USD has always been a safe haven because of the Federal Reserve and their decisions impact the global financial market. Ever hear of people making Swiss bank accounts to shield their money (or keep it hush-hush)? The Swiss Franc is considered risk-off because of it expendability with debt. As a constantly profitable and small economy in the financial sector, the Franc never really gets into deep waters like Germany, United States, Canada, Euro-Area, etc. which are much larger economies. Lastly, when US stock markets fall, the yen tends to appreciate, making JPY a historically profitable play in poor economic conditions.

What Pairs Will Move Up/Down During A Recession?

Here is a list of all the risk-off major pairs that would perform well/poor if a global recession were to happen now:

Bullish

  • USD/CHF
  • USD/JPY
  • XAU/USD

Bearish

  • GBP/USD
  • EUR/USD
  • AUD/USD
  • NZD/USD

You might have noticed that USD/CAD is not on the list. That is because the Canadian economy has been very strong as of recent. Their jobs data is better than the US and most other countries while the oil-dependent economy has benefitted from sanctions on Russia and supply-chain shortages. Overall, if the energy crisis on oil continues, the loonie will persist, but if oil prices fall, USD will overtake CAD.

Because of the Fed's impact on the world financial system, USD will continue to be strong especially if it's central bank continues to raise rates like it has been doing so far this year. Gold is also on the bullish list because of its extraordinary circumstance. Due to reasons mentioned in this article about gold, we think a recession would be a good opportunity to start building positions on gold for the long term.

Making Money Trading In A Recession

The process of trading in a recession can either be through the use of short term or long term plays. GBP/USD and EUR/USD tend to follow the US stock market (SPX500 or NAS100). If you have ever traded these indices, you would know how volatile they can be on a regular basis. This volatile behavior is mildly reflected on the pound and euro when it is up against the USD, but the correlation is generally the same as the SPX500. If one was to trade GBP/USD or EUR/USD, quick short plays might be the best option. Ranging plays would also work, but there might be heavy ups and downs along the way.

All forex pairs enter into long-term swings either to the upside or downside. But, some pairs like to take exuberant amounts of time in a single direction before changing course. These pairs are AUD/USD, NZD/USD, USD/CHF & USD/JPY.

Similar to the pairs just mentioned above, gold is another example of an asset that takes a long time to move, allowing for investors to build large positions over time. Commodities like gold also tend to perform their best during economic declines.

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