Build Your Trading Plan Around the Strongest Currencies

Focus: FOREX

There is a very simple formula for identifying the strongest and weakest currencies, writes Tyler Yell of 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

(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.