Trade Leader Outlook blog post written by Currensee Trade Leader, Spencer Beezley
August is usually a difficult month to navigate for currency traders, and this August was no exception. There are a lot of issues in the world that have yet to be sorted out and traders are having trouble determining the lesser of “two evils” so to speak. On one side, you have the USA and the downgrade in credit rating and debt issues, and the lack of decision making by the FED on what to do next. And then Europe with the PIIGS and the Eurozone crisis and all the things that need to be sorted out there. This confusion was evident in the market by looking at the lack of direction the EURUSD took in August. Some volatility was evident, but the market experienced a sideways range that couldn’t breakout of the 1.45 and 1.40 levels, which were tested but never significantly broken through. Now after the first full week of September, the Dollar rallied and broke that 1.40 level and is starting to gain traction against the Euro. We might see some retracement back to the upside but we need to keep an eye on all the numbers and the key technical levels to determine if this will develop into a longer term dollar rally or false movement. Watch for the fundamental developments of strong decision making in Europe and the ECB, or the Fed in the USA.
My plan for the market:
I am a firm believer in sticking with the strategies that I’ve had success with. However, sometimes traders get in trouble by not paying attention to certain factors in the market that could negatively affect their strategies. Since August was not a month of breakouts, we have to closely monitor price action and key technical levels of market support and resistance, as well as daily range. In August, I found that many of my targets were not reached, because of the ranging nature of the market, which is why I have exit strategies set up in case of a reversal and I certainly don’t want a winning trade to be turned into a losing trade. Also, make note that I use a tight stop loss on my trades, so there may be some losses, but they are cut short in order to protect equity and to provide a solid risk/reward ratio.
One of the things that is important is to not over-trade. With my strategies, some weeks will be lighter on volume than other weeks just depending on what the charts look like. Some traders try to avenge losses immediately or during an open floating loss. This is a setup for failure as it is best to wait until the next valid trade opportunity and not to trade off emotion. In August, I noticed that the market wasn’t ideal for one of my strategies, so as a result, I stopped trading that strategy until the market gets back to a place where I feel comfortable re-implementing that strategy.
Going forward through September, I am hopeful that the market will have a higher daily trading range and I believe that more valid breakouts and trends will form as traders begin to get a better feel for this current market we are faced with, and how the economies and currencies will be affected. I am also a true believer in technical analysis and stop trying to predict what is going to happen with an economy, rather let the fundamental developments play out which will all be translated into the technicals, chart patterns, and price levels of the currency in which we can base our trades and strategies from.
With chaos and confusion often comes opportunity. I am a firm believer in trading where there’s a trade and holding off if the market isn’t there. September’s rally out of the gate is a positive trend that I’m ready to ride.
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