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There is a very simple formula for identifying the strongest and weakest currencies, writes Tyler Yell of DailyFX.com. Once you’ve done that you can follow a checklist for finding favorable entries in the direction of the predominant trend.

Trading in favor of the strongest currency and selling the weakest is the bread-and-butter trade for trend followers and swing traders alike. The only difference is that trend traders hold the trades for much longer and swing traders often have defined risk:reward entries. Trend followers purposely trade these currency mismatches because they tend to trend longer than many people expect.

To help you visualize what a strong-weak match-up looks on a chart, here is a trend at the hands of a notable strong currency unevenly trading against the weakest currency.

CAD/JPY Houses the Strongest and Weakest Currencies to Trend Traders’ Delight

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(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)
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To see for yourself what the current strongest and weakest currency pairs are, you need to perform a strong and weak analysis. Once you’ve done that, you can add fractals and the CCI to your chart to find entries or look for breakouts.

Strong-Weak Analysis Breakdown
Place a large moving average on a major currency pair, preferably on an hourly chart or larger. We recommend you do this on Excel or a piece of paper with the major individual currencies listed out as opposed to the pairs. This will make it easier for you to take the strongest and look for entries against the weakest.

If you’re using a four-hour chart, then you will place the large moving average and give each currency credit to the strong or weak category either with an up or down arrow or strong/weak checkmarks. So if you’re looking at the EUR/JPY, which is above the 200-day moving average, then you would tally a strong mark for the EUR and a weak mark for the JPY.

As it currently stands in January 2013, the JPY is far and away the weakest across the board thanks to Shinzo Abe promising to weaken the JPY at all costs to bolster the Japanese economy. The two strongest currencies using the 200-period simple moving average on the four-hour chart is currently the Canadian dollar and New Zealand dollar respectively. Identifying the strongest and weakest will also prevent you from trading two strong or two weak currencies against each other’s unreliable patterns.

NZD/CAD Do Not Provide Clear Chart Patterns as the Two Strongest Currencies

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(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)
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Now that we’ve clearly identified the strongest and weakest currency pairs, you now want to pull up the opposing charts to look for entries. Naturally, we always encourage patience in finding the right entry. With your patience honed we can look to entry techniques to buy the strongest currency pair while selling against the weakest.

NEXT PAGE: Two Entry Methods

Tickers Mentioned: CAD-JPY, EUR-JPY, NZD-CAD