Forex Volatility Prices Spike—We Like These Trading Strategies

10/27/2015 9:00 am EST


David Rodriguez

Quantitative Strategist,

Key central bank meetings set the stage for big currency volatility this week, so David Rodriguez, of, explains why he sees the potential for a trend shift and offers a table for full detail on market conditions and his preferred trading strategies.

• Forex volatility rise notably ahead of US Federal Reserve interest rate decision
• We see the potential for a trend shift and will watch the Momentum2 strategy in particular
• The strong risk of major volatility in the JPY likewise favors the Breakout2 trading system

It’s shaping up to be a big week for FX markets as key central bank meetings set the stage for big currency volatility. Here’s what we’re watching.

All eyes turn to the highly-anticipated US Federal Open Market Committee interest rate decision on Thursday as short-term FX volatility prices/expectations jump to important highs. Traders widely expect that the US central bank will leave interest rates unchanged. Yet a key question is whether Fed officials will shift rhetoric and hint towards raising interest rates at their last meeting of 2015 in December.

The US dollar trades at multi-month highs versus the euro and any major disappointments from the FOMC could change that in a hurry. It is with this in mind that we cautiously look to trade the Momentum2 trading system in the EUR/USD pair in the week ahead. The system looks to trade major shifts in crowd sentiment and is often the first to switch direction if we see a notable change in direction.

Our DailyFX volatility indices show broader 1-week FX volatility prices at their highest in over a month and the risk of big moves is especially elevated in the Japanese yen. A strong correlation between the USD/JPY and interest rate expectations suggests it would likely see strong reactions to any surprises out of the Fed meeting.

Short-Term Volatility Prices Jump Ahead of Key Fed Decision

Data source: Bloomberg, DailyFX Calculations
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We’ll keep an eye on our volatility-friendly Breakout2 system on JPY pairs; as it stands we believe it is in a position to do well in the EUR/JPY and potentially other risk-sensitive yen exchange rates.

See the table below for full detail on market conditions and preferred trading strategies.

DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

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By David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist,

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