Forex Trading Strategies

Forex Trading Strategies for Beginners

Strategies: Forex Trading

Generally, people feel that Forex is complicated. Realistically, it is like many other investment options, where little knowledge can be risky. Luckily, with Forex, there are many strategies to adopt that are good enough to realise any investment goal. Commitment can vary from watching the market every day, looking for quick profits at every turn, to a simple long-term investment; there is something for everyone.

Following Daily or Weekly Trend:

A simple Forex trading strategy is to follow the daily or weekly trends. Find a well-supported trend by reviewing the daily and weekly charts and jump in. With this strategy, be conservative when you buy in, and be patient, your moves may look small, but they can span 100’s of pips. To avoid watching the market constantly, place a reasonable stop and profit mark, beginners find this the easiest strategy. 

Carry Trading:

This style of trading is where you buy and hold a currency that pays a high interest rate against a currency with a low-interest rate. A rollover is paid every day for the difference between the 2 currencies. Therefore, even when your trade is not moving, you still earn money daily. With this method, you are paid on the size of your trade, not just on your capital as most Forex trades are leveraged.

Of course, for every upside, there is a downside. The risk you take is typically higher than the reward. The differentials between currencies are normally small. Currency pairs that trade well are heavily affected by any news that relates to the global markets. Therefore, when things are good, you will be paid, but when things turn, they can plummet hard and fast, burning your account if you are overleveraged.

Day Trading:

The Forex market doesn’t sleep, 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. However, there are certain, specific times where the market is most active. The market can be very technical and day trading requires technical analysis, but with a sharp eye and a plan, you can seize it and make a profit. Depending on what you like to trade, you can pick and choose your times. With a sharp eye and a plan, you can make a profit.

Fundamental Trading:

An old-fashioned approach to investment is adopted by some investors. Prefer to invest in something they can understand instead of looking for signals on a chart. Fundamental Forex trading works best for this type of cautious investor.

Fundamental trading requires an understanding of economic reports and how you compare them to other countries. This type of trading is simpler because it looks at things over a longer-term. Fundamental trading involves following the news for several countries with strengthening economic trends and playing them against those with weakening economic trends.

Even though Forex trading can feel complex, everyone can learn given patience and persistence. Mistakes will be made, so long as you know why and can avoid it in the future; you can gain expertise over time. Starting small at least in the beginning and not allowing the system to frustrate you is paramount. Avoid the “100 percent accurate Forex trading systems” for when you have gained some experience.

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Traders switch to Forex after the bond markets plateau

Foreign exchange is becoming the new playground for investors looking to profit from sharp moves in prices, after central banks’ aggressive response to Covid-19 robbed them of opportunities in bond markets.

Government bond yields have sunk to record lows this year — reflecting rising prices — after central bankers moved swiftly in March to slash interest rates and launch bond-buying programmes to counter the economic effects of corona virus. Investors now face not only the prospect of near-zero or negative returns from the safest debt, but also a collapse in volatility that has frustrated short-term bets.

But while bond markets are moving sideways, currency markets remain jumpy. Even after the most intense phase of the Covid-19 crisis, volatility is well above levels seen 12 months ago, based on broad measures of price moves such as the JPMorgan Global FX Volatility Index.

Sterling has been a prime example, losing 4 per cent of its value last week after Brexit fears came back to the fore. UK gilt yields, meanwhile, were largely stable.

“In this low-yield world, FX will become more important and bond managers will have to go into currencies more to generate returns,” said Jack McIntyre, a portfolio manager at the global fixed income fund of Brandywine Global, a Philadelphia-based asset manager.

Bond markets went into meltdown at the height of fears over the pandemic in March, as even the safest government debt succumbed to a sell-off. Central banks’ drastic actions restored order but also led investors to bet that policymakers would seek to control bond prices for years to come.

The ICE BofA Move index, which tracks the expected volatility of the US Treasury market, has hovered close to record lows since May, after rising to its highest level in more than a decade in March.

Since then, currencies have become the pressure valve for macroeconomic adjustments, investors say, as well as the main market for trading political events.

The dollar index has lost more than 6 per cent since the start of April, declining steadily as confidence returned to the global financial system and investors digested the impact of lower interest rates in the US as well as the hit to the economy from Covid-19. Over that time, the 10-year US Treasury yield has not strayed far from its current level of just under 0.7 per cent.

As a result, the so-called bond vigilantes — investors who would punish free-spending governments by betting against their debt — have turned their firepower on foreign-exchange markets instead.

Dickie Hodges, a bond fund manager at Nomura Asset Management, bet earlier in the summer that huge amounts of bond issuance by the US government, along with the Fed’s increasing tolerance for inflation, would lead to higher yields on US Treasuries.

But as it became clear that the Fed’s heavy bond purchases would keep a lid on yields, he switched strategy, instead using currency options to position for a weaker dollar.

“Rates markets can’t really go anywhere at the moment because then governments wouldn’t be able to fund themselves, and the Fed and other central banks won’t let that happen,” Mr Hodges said. “That’s pushing people down other avenues including FX.”

Some investors also worry that government debt no longer serves its traditional purpose in a long-term investment portfolio as a counterweight to riskier assets, tending to rise when stocks fall and vice versa.

Russell Silberston, investment strategist at Ninety One, said the asset manager was increasingly using bets on a higher Japanese yen or Swiss franc — currencies that typically rise in times of market stress — as an alternative hedge for its exposure to stocks. “FX is much more volatile than bonds, therefore there are more opportunities,” he added.

While central bankers have put a cap on volatility in fixed income, Paul Robson, a currency strategist at NatWest Markets in London, said they would “struggle to do the same in currencies”, partly due to the political sensitivity: the US keeps a watch-list of countries it deems “currency manipulators”.

Traders are bracing for a stormy end to 2020. Options markets are pricing in big swings in exchange rates around the time of the US presidential election in November, and as the Brexit transition nears its end.

Exposure to currency swings is not always going to be welcome in portfolios designed to be low risk, said Brandywine’s Mr McIntyre.

“If a fixed income manager loses money on currencies, the dissatisfaction tends to be much bigger than the reward for making a profit,” he said. “Nobody loves volatility, but if you are looking for currencies as a source of return, you will have to tolerate it.”

Now is the time for savvy investors and traders alike to consider using the skills of institutional and professional FX Traders either directly or via a Managed FX Service to take advantage of the volatility of Forex

Oil Market to re-balance by mid-year

Supply side issues continue to drive sentiment in the crude oil market, strategists at ANZ Bank apprise.

“Saudi Arabia aims to pump just under 7.5mb/d in June, compared with its official target of 8.5mb/d. This would take its output to the lowest level since mid-2002. The United Arab Emirates also announced it would cut by an additional 100kb/d in June.” 

“Continental Resources expects the market to re-balance by mid-year, and will reopen oil wells quickly once prices recover.”

“And while demand appears to be recovering, there are also doubts as to its timing. In the US, the volume of fuel sold by retailers rose by only 7% in the week ending 2 May. In Europe, the varying degrees of lock-downs continue to hobble demand.”

Further downside still on the cards


Traders increased their open interest positions for the second day in a row on Monday, now by nearly 5.2K contracts in light of advanced figures from CME Group. In the same direction, volume extended the erratic performance and went up by almost 94K contracts, partially reversing the previous large drop.

WTI could re-visit the $20.00/bbl mark


Prices of the WTI appear to have met important resistance around the $28.00 mark per barrel. Monday’s correction lower was amidst rising open interest, which is indicative that a deeper pullback could be in the offing in the short-term horizon.

Gold Trading FX

Gold prices forecast largest annual rise in 9 years

Futures prices trade over 15% higher this year


Gold prices look to end the year more than 15% higher, on track to post their biggest annual climb in nine years.

“Gold has seen considerable safe haven buying from investors concerned [over] low and negative yields in the bond market and fearing a possible downturn in equities,” said George Milling-Stanley, chief gold strategist at State Street Global Advisors. Gold exchange-traded funds have also been “feeling the benefit of strategic asset allocation type buying by institutions and individuals.”

“Ongoing uncertainties, both macroeconomic and geopolitical have provided support for both types of buying,” he said.

On Friday, gold futures GCG20, +0.07%  settled at $1,481.20 an ounce, with prices based on the most-active contract up 15% year to date. That would make the largest yearly rise since 2010, when prices climbed by nearly 30%, according to FactSet data.

Milling-Stanley said he was surprised with the speed of gold’s move up through the $1,350 level this past summer. That “constituted the upper bound of the trading range that had been in existence for six years, since the spring of 2013,” he said.

Helped by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in June that he would “make a mid-cycle adjustment and give the markets the interest rate cut they had been clamoring for, gold rapidly rose to over $1,550 an ounce by September,” said Milling-Stanley.

Gold futures prices peaked this year at $1,560.40 on Sept. 4, the highest settlement since April 2013.

After cutting interest rates three times this year, the U.S. central bank on Dec. 11 held its benchmark interest rate steady at a range of 1.5% and 1.75%.

Gold has some gains in the wake of the latest policy announced, but it’s done very well from a larger time perspective.

In the decade from early 2001 to late 2010, prices for the metal climbed from $250 an ounce to $1,250 an ounce, for an “average gain of $100 per year,” said Milling-Stanley. He largely attributed that rise “to increasing jewelry purchases throughout the emerging markets on the back of sustained good economic growth in the region.”

“Speculative activity” drove prices up by $500 in just nine months in 2011, then as that speculative interest waned, gold prices fell back to the $1,250 level in the spring of 2013, he said, adding that while he is “hoping for modest, sustainable gains in gold over the coming years,” he is also “acutely conscious of the power the speculative community can have over gold in the short term.”

Next year, however, gold may face some challenges.

“The uptick in inflation prospects is likely to be challenging for gold” in the first half of 2020, said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “Higher inflation likely leads to higher interest rates, which could dampen demand or gold.”

A “more stable global economic regime, with or without a trade deal, would also undermine safe-haven demand” for the precious metal, he said. So a further gain in gold would likely “require additional interest rate cuts and rising supply of negative interest rate bonds around the world,” says Haworth, though he also cautions that an uptick in inflation expectations would undermine these catalysts.

Meanwhile, looking much further out to the next decade, Milling-Stanley said it’s “possible” for gold to see similar moves to the ones it’s seen in the past decade.

“I don’t believe the speculative community will want once again to risk missing the first 10 years of a bull market in gold, and the first $1,000 rise in the price, as it did at the beginning of this century,” said Milling-Stanley.

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Bitcoin Price Rising

Bitcoin price moves positively – Why is Bitcoin Rising?

BITCOIN is rising again, the latest tip in the Cryptocurrency’s chaotic activity trend. How high could Bitcoin rise today and why is it rising?

Bitcoin has seen turbulent activity over the past 12 months, losing value of up to 70 percent. However recent trends have seen the price of the Cryptocurrency rocket up, sparking optimism for fresh positive activity. Bitcoin is still far ahead as one of the most valuable currencies on the market, but has recently seen mass sales, driving down its price. People have now just started to buy again, placing BTC ahead.

Bitcoin has skyrocketed over the last 24 hours, managing to increase its total price by a whole six percent.  The total price managed to peak at £3,123 ($4,000), where it has stuck for the time being.  The recent surge is the latest since July, and has been facilitated by recent heavy selling.

People offloading the currency in their droves managed to drive the price of the currency down, which has led others to buy up again.  Increased spending and demand for Bitcoin has meant it has once again started to surge ahead.  Bitcoin’s max value will be difficult to predict, as the coin lost 70 percent of its value over the last year.

According to Don Alt, a Cryptocurrency technical analyst, Bitcoin is now primed to capitalise on these short-term gains.  He said: “Constant bouncing on a strong demand zone.  “If it fails I expect a very violent move down.  “If it holds we’ll most likely stair step up. I’m scalping the small TF’s based on this.  “Should breakout soon otherwise the bulls are in trouble.”

Bitcoin is forecast to have some trouble as it breaks through the £3,123 mark, unlikely to make another gigantic leap.  Current forecasts have pegged just over £100 more value still to come for the coin, and if this is passed could show a full trajectory reversal.  According to, Bitcoin’s main resistance is at £3,243 ($4,150), and breakout beyond this would show a full upward trend.

However, the current time frame measured within Bitcoin’s previous two-week activity suggests the resistance will be difficult to break through.

Invest in Gold

Is now the time to Invest in Gold?

If the stock markets plunge and the world economy becomes compromised, one hard asset normally has its moment to shine in the spotlight.

In recent weeks, as markets worldwide have corrected sharply and a full-blown trade war between two of the globe’s powerhouses – the United States and China – looks increasingly likely, the gold price has rallied.

From a year low in August of $1,180.40 an ounce, it rose to $1,233.85 by the end of last month before falling back slightly and then rising again to $1,232.

Although the price remains lower than it was this time last year, there are some investment managers who now believe gold has a key – if minor – role to play in putting together a diversified portfolio.

One such individual is David Coombs, head of multi-assets at investment house Rathbones. Normally sceptical of gold as an asset class, he has built a three per cent holding in the £532 million Rathbone Strategic Growth Portfolio that he manages – a fund aiming to provide investors with returns in excess of inflation. It does this by investing in a broad range of assets including equities, bonds, private equity and commodities.

‘My long-term view on gold has not changed,’ says Coombs. ‘If you like it, wear it and don’t invest in it. Gold provides no income which is a big ‘no no’ for many investors, especially when interest rates are on the rise and cash and bond yields become more attractive.

‘But given the uncertain times we are currently living through here in the UK with all the speculation over Brexit, I do believe it has a role as a hedge.’

According to Coombs, the hedge is against the threat of ‘stagflation’ [economic stagnation combined with inflation] triggered by a Brexit deal not being done.

‘The UK economy is vulnerable to stagflation if a Brexit deal is pushed out,’ he explains. ‘Businesses will stall on capital investment projects and we could see UK economic growth slow and unemployment rise with inflation persisting – the ingredients for stagflation. If that happens, gold will represent a store of value.’

Investment trusts Personal Assets and Ruffer both have exposure to gold. Like Coombs’ fund, both Personal Assets and Ruffer are broadly diversified and are designed to maintain the real value of investors’ holdings. Personal Assets currently has eight per cent of its assets in solid gold (bullion) while Ruffer has seven per cent exposure through shares in gold mining companies.

Jason Hollands, of wealth manager Tilney, says some of the portfolios it runs for private clients have around two per cent exposure to gold. He says: ‘We do not see gold as a low-risk asset per se. Gold prices have at times endured long losing streaks and out of the last five consecutive 12-month periods, four have seen the gold price fall. ‘Also, a strong dollar is not good for gold because it means the currency is seen as a safer haven. Indeed, a strengthening dollar is often accompanied by a weakness in the gold price.

The cheapest and most straightforward approach is to buy an investment that tracks the gold price. These are called exchange traded funds . They can be bought through a stockbroker and most fund platforms.

Physical gold (bars and coins) can be bought from bullion dealers – Buyers can ask to have it stored, for a charge, or delivered.

SOURCE : Dailymail

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It’s bonus day at HSBC today. Following the unexpected departure of Matthew Westerman, the ex-Goldman Sachs head of HSBC’s global banking group in November last year, all eyes are on how much HSBC pays its investment bankers. The compensation report accompanying today’s annual report suggests HSBC might actually pay them quite well.

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