EURUSD saw a breakout to the upside of a four month long bearish trendline on Monday, as bullish momentum caused it to close over 120 pips higher on big monetary policy news from the European Central Bank (ECB). Christine Lagarde, the ECB’s President, announced they will be pivoting away from net asset purchases, and subsequently negative interest rates, in the next several months. At the time of writing this, the EURUSD sits at 1.072 as buying pressure continues. With that in mind, let’s dive deeper as we explore how to trade EURUSD now.
As mentioned previously, EURUSD bulls have a lot to be excited about. Lagarde described the next steps in the eurozone’s monetary policy agenda as being something of a “turning point”, which is especially significant when traders consider that negative interest rates were an ECB precedent prior to Covid-era ultraloose monetary policy. This new direction, interpreted in conjunction with rising inflation in the eurozone, along with a solid 0.4% Q1 increase in seasonally adjusted GDP for the EU, are particularly validating for eager buyers.
However, when looking at the greater economic context, things may not be quite what they seem; peripheral, yet significant, data paint a bleaker picture for the EU than what the bullish momentum currently reflects. Unemployment in the eurozone is nearly double that in the US, the ECB lags far behind the Federal Reserve in terms of rate hike aggression, and the EU has gradually phased out frequent trade surpluses for deficits. On top of this, Europe is still in the throes of contending with the war in Ukraine and corresponding sanctions, with an EU embargo on Russian oil expected in the next few days. Thus, I estimate that the recent buying pressure for the EURUSD will be short lived, or perhaps only premature.
The recent breakout to the upside of bearish trendline(s) is impressive, with the historic 1.04 support level having prompted a powerful reversal for the EURUSD. However, I am anticipating a retest of the significant 1.07-1.08 resistance zone, and a return to bearish momentum. I imagine this retest will correlate with the DXY seeing a retest of its 1.02 support level, once a significant resistance level in March 2020. Thus, I entered a short position in the EURUSD at 1.07, and I am hoping to take profit at 1.04.
According to A1 Trading’s EdgeFinder tool, 31% of retail traders are currently long on EURUSD, while 69% are short, a bullish indication. This pairs well with the current COT data, which reveals about 75.5% of institutional traders going long on the USD, a decline of over 1%, while over 52% are long on the EUR, up nearly 0.5%. It is also important to note that this data, released on Friday, has not captured the bullish sentiment we have seen so far this week. However, I am still anticipating a return to form for institutional traders, wherein their orders will once again align with the general economic pessimism in the eurozone.
One of the things that makes retail trading unique as a pastime, or even a career, is the degree of honesty and self-reflection it requires. There are many jobs that offer some consistent semblance of leeway when it comes to making mistakes and honing a skill set, but trading is not one of them. No trader can negotiate a raise with the markets or hope for the markets to recognize their hard work; if anyone is not careful with their expectations and risk management, even just one losing trade can be catastrophic. Hence, why truthfulness matters in the world of retail trading: it often spells the difference between passive income and financial ruin. With that in mind, let’s explore 3 lies traders should avoid today.
“My strategy doesn’t need stop losses”
Regardless of a trader’s win rate, every trustworthy strategy incorporates stop losses to some meaningful degree. This is because it is as near certain as statistically possible that unmitigated risk in trading will eventually have terrible consequences. Even if a strategy somehow achieved a win rate over 95% with consistent incremental gains, unchecked risk would still be present in every trade, resulting in a handful of losses that could easily erase all prior profits in a fraction of the time (I know this from personal experience). Stop losses, especially trailing ones, are thus an indispensable tool for traders when it comes to safeguarding against inevitable losses and making their wins count in the long run.
“I will compound my account so fast”
Building a large trading account is a long, gradual process that requires plenty of discipline and patience. Because of this, if a retail trader approaches entering and exiting positions through the lens of a get-rich-quick scheme, they are bound to become disappointed and discouraged, and likely lose money along the way due to over-leveraging and impulsive trading. Thus, it is important for traders to generate realistic expectations for themselves, and not take success for granted. Some ways to practice this include a) thoroughly backtesting any strategies of choice, b) avoiding trading out of financial desperation, and c) recognizing that your value as a person has nothing to do with your account’s performance.
“Fundamentals don’t really matter”
Technical analysis is a wonderful tool for every trader to have equipped, and there are myriad technical indicators worth exploring and adding to any strategy. Likewise, sentiment analysis is valuable as well, since anticipating buying and selling pressure is at the heart of trading as a discipline. However, even with these two crucial forms of analysis at our disposal, it must never be taken for granted that traders are buying and selling real securities.
In a new age of gamification and excessive speculation fueling price action volatility in the markets, it can become easy to believe, even subconsciously, that trading is reducible to a worldwide chart-reading game. Therefore, it’s possible for many traders to miss out on significant fundamental catalysts and opportune points of entry and exit, because it is easy to forget that we are trading in real markets that are shaped by concrete circumstances and events in our world. Thus, whether a trader is buying or selling stocks, currency pairs, or bonds, it is always wise to conduct fundamental analysis, whether that be monitoring macroeconomic data, business fundamentals, or other variables.
Learn how to trade EURUSD, the largest and most traded currency pair in the entire world. The Euro is so heavily traded due to massive economies in the United States, and European union. The need for high volumes of currency exchange between these two areas makes the EURUSD a very popular currency pair to trade. The high trading volume in this pair makes it an attractive market to trade - for both experienced and new traders. One major advantage of trading the EURUSD is that this high trading volume usually leads to tighter spreads (and hence lower trading costs + easier execution!)
When trading the EURUSD, fundamental analysis plays a large role.
A major component to the Euro rising or falling has to do with the central bank policies of each respective economy. If the dollar for example is hawkish, and has a strong outlook for the US economy, it is possible to see the Euro fall, causing the currency pair to fall.
If the Euro is strong, and/or the dollar is weak, we would expect to see weakening unemployment in the US, and/or strong figures coming from the Euro region in things like inflation (CPI), retail sales, unemployment, etc.
When trading the EURUSD, technical analysis can be a useful tool to help with entries and exits. The EURUSD shifts from being a back and forth, choppy market, to a strongly trending market.
In times of back and forth, lazy price action, the EURUSD can be a great range bound market to trade. Simple Bollinger band, and support and resistance concepts can work great when employed properly during this time.
When the EURUSD is in a trending state, watch for breakouts on the higher timeframes, and pullbacks to key levels of support or resistance.
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By Sean Streb
Last week I posted an article about how to take advantage of future inflation and the supply shock occurring in the United States and abroad. Towards the end of the article, I briefly referenced a futures ETF called $JO, and how it matches the characteristics of an asset that will benefit from supply shocks and the increased money supply. I think we will see some movement in this stock in the coming days and weeks
Earlier this morning, Reuters posted a great article about how coffee farmers are defaulting on contracts with traders. Previous to this, Yahoo Finance did a piece on how major coffee companies were hoarding beans in anticipation of a shortage. Middlemen and coffee suppliers are having difficulty buying coffee in Brazil and some of these traders are actually suing the suppliers for defaulting on their crops. Reuters notes that this increased scarcity could drive futures contracts higher than they are despite the fact they are already near at 7 year highs. This benefits $JO as it is an ETF that buys and sells monthly coffee futures contracts, and an increase in prices would push this ETF up.
$JO has a solid upward trend, approaching a previous double top support. The stock also gapped up three days ago on November 1st. If we couple this with some of the points I brought up in my previous post: During the pandemic, coffee was inelastic good, meaning that people continued to demand a similar amount even if the price increases. This is a surprise to no one as America is addicted to caffeine. There is a supply issue: shipping delays, crop issues and defaults have decreased the supply. Add all this to the increase in coffee futures, and we get a better picture of what might happen to the value of this commodity in the near future.
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