Foundation or technics? -

Foundation or technics? -

Which direction of Forex analysis is the most efficient?

The fans of technical analysis adopted the principle “the price takes account of everything” which they use to counteract any kind of criticism.

Why should one study the influence of fundamental factors on the currency rate if they are already reflected in Forex quotes? Why try to understand the position of central banks if the market knows what they think?

If everything was that easy, any technical analyst could earn millions with no problems. In fact, different people interpret information in different ways.

What’s more, who could guarantee that the data reflected in currency rates is true? For example, the market is now sure that the federal funds rate will be lowered in July, but will the Fed soften monetary policy in reality?

In no way am I calling you to give up technical analysis in practice! No way! This direction of market research is extremely important for making final trading decisions, defining targets and stop orders, and building a skillful risk management system.

However, I think that only a wise combination of fundamental and technical analysis is a way to succeed. Macroeconomics helps us understand the background against which the markets are operating. A typical example is a current situation at Forex.

Fundamentally, the growth of the Euro against the USD is linked to the Fed’s wider opportunities to soften monetary policy than the ECB’s. The federal funds rate is 2.5%, the ECB deposit rate is negative (-0.4%). Under such conditions, a trader should look for bullish patterns in EUR/USD charts.

As I’ve already written, one of the most efficient patterns is Expanding wedge. It is a combination of raising maximums (points 1, 3, 5) and falling minimums (points 2 and 4).

There’s a severe fight between bulls and bears in the market, and a common trader should use coyote tactics: wait for the winner and side with him.

The theory says that a retracement that takes place after point 5 was reached is accompanied by lower trade volumes. It shows bears’ weakness. A trader needs to be more cautious: corrections to the levels 23.6%, 38.2%, 50%, and 61.8% of the wave 4-5 and a subsequent retracement are a reason to open long positions.

Another confirming signal is needed and it doesn’t keep us waiting: the pattern of candlestick analysis called “bullish absorption” formed at the 61.8 retracements. The main advice is to buy at the return to the previous levels (50% and 38.2% of the wave CD). A protective stop-order is placed at the fluctuation minimum.

Technically, nothing can prevent EUR/USD from continuing its northern march. Fundamentally, further dynamics of the main currency pair will depend on a dialogue between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan.

The US dollar is very likely to recover for some time. As a result, there will be consolidation and the “Expanding Wedge” pattern will transform into Rhomboid Bottom. The traders familiar with the latter may have an opportunity to enter medium- and long-term long positions at the breakout of diagonal resistance. Continue reading with


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