I was expected this meeting for a while (FOMC) to see what will happen with the dollar and as I taught they won’t raise rates in February. At the moment dollar is weak in my point of view and for that given reason I chose to sell it against Gold. On the other hand I’m selling GBP because the term for U.K. to pull Article 50 is close and I can see a downside on Pound. The Aussie dollar got some really bad news on expenditure so that’s why I’ve decided to sell it.
XAU/USD long @ 1237.11 with TP at 1243
GBP/USD short @ 1.2447 with TP at 1.2366
AUD/USD short @ 0.7688 with TP at 0.76
Yesterday entry orders haven’t been hit because of the low volatility in the market. I could’ve get in at the market price because I was expecting that but I just wanted to play safe(first trades of the year nobody wants a bad start). Anyway I did made 80 pips from 2 trades which is ok for the first day of 2017. I post a picture with my profit so I can show you all that I follow what I preach. I wish you a profitable trading day.
I will start the first trading day of 2017 with the following trades:
*AUD/USD long @0.71850 TP 0.72300 SL 0.71600
*GBP/USD short @ 1.2300 TP 1.22200 SL 1.23600
And two pending orders:
*USD/JPY long at 117.200 TP 117.800 SL 116.800
*EUR/USD short at 1.05000 TP 1.04550 SL 1.05300
All trades have been closed and I’m finishing the day with 68 pips profit. Not a lot of profit this days but as I said in a previous post markets are not moving to much so I have to be happy with what I’ve got so far.
P.S. In this type of environment you shouldn’t push and open larger trades and risk more because that’s how you end up blowing your account.
We previously saw USD beginning to rally again in the new year. Following the hawkish Fed meeting, we are bringing forward that expected strength and expect USD to rally in line with the themes we have been discussing. The revising up of the 2017 dots and the neutral rate, along with Yellen’s pushback on her support for an overheating economy, are all hawkish signs and more reason for the rates market to reprice higher. Next year, major policy initiatives as a result of the US election are likely to be USD positive, including fiscal stimulus, risk of protectionism and corporate tax reform. USD strength will be most pronounced against the low yielders like JPY.
EUR: Making New Lows. Bearish.
Amidst the broad USD strength from a hawkish Fed, EURUSD has reached the lowest level since January 2003, giving it more momentum to the downside. We expect EURUSD could continue to head towards parity driven by USD strength and an accommodative ECB. The ECB allowing purchases of bonds in the 2-year tenor and below the depo rate weakens the EUR by lowering front-end yield differentials – which EURUSD is more sensitive to – and steepening the yield curve which will help bank profitability and encourage the export of capital.
GBP: Potential for Rebound. Bullish.
We maintain the view that GBPUSD could tactically rebound to 1.30/1.31 going into year-end. With the BoE maintaining its neutral stance, coupled with recent UK data such as CPI and retail sales holding up well, the downside in GBP is likely to be capped. GBP also has a high ‘hard Brexit’ risk premium priced in, and with recent news indicating that this risk is lessening, there is potential for some ‘hard Brexit’ discount to be priced out. We remain short EUR/GBP.*
CHF: More Strength Tolerated. Neutral.
We continue to look for CHF strength against selected currencies such as JPY. The latest SNB meeting adds further support to our argument that the SNB may be more tolerant of CHF strength. The statement that they will intervene “while taking the overall currency situation into consideration” suggests that they may focus more on the CHF TWI which is not at extreme levels, allowing more room for CHF appreciation. With a busy Eurozone political risk calendar in 2017, CHF could also benefit from safe haven demand.
CAD: Best Performing Commodity Currency. Bullish.
We expect CAD to outperform other commodity currencies. CAD is not as vulnerable as MXN to trade protectionism given a prior free trade agreement which would take effect if the US backs out of NAFTA, though this still remains a risk. However, a better US economic outlook (from other policies like fiscal stimulus) should benefit Canada. Data has remained weak with this week’s poor manufacturing sales report following a poor trade report last week. However, last week’s BoC meeting provided no surprises and while the Bank pointed out uncertainties around the outlook, it reaffirmed its neutral bias and made clear the bar for easing is high. Poloz noted that it would take a “significant departure” in the outlook for easing, supporting ourview.
NZD: Outperformance vs AUD. Neutral.
We expect NZD to outperform AUD but weaken against USD. New Zealand’s economic outlook has improved with high migration and booming housing supporting growth. The half-year update this week from Bill English confirmed this, with growth being revised higher and rising budget surpluses. This is likely to be enough to offset the RBNZ worries over the inflation outlook and, in particular, the exchange rate. However, we don’t rule out another rate cut or even FX intervention, though the latter would occur only after substantially more FX appreciation. We expect NZDUSD to continue to depreciate due to the USD rally but we expect NZD outperformance of AUD in the near term unless we see worsening data in New Zealand or dovish rhetoric from the RBNZ.
I’ve decided to tip my toe in the ocean and I opened a short USD/JPY with 116.30 as TP. I will come with more updates and more trades soon.
Update: I closed my USD/JPY trade and I’m looking for an entry to go long on USD on multiple pairs.
USD experienced some pullbacks last night but now it gets back in shape and till now GBP/USD is the best performer. The reason this pair is the best performer is that GBP is still suffering the “Brexit” disease. The rest of the pairs are still holding up but are slowly fading while the USD bulls are getting back. Are some rumors that USD rise hike is already priced in so I want to let you know in order to proceed carefully if you want to open more trades before the FOMC meeting.
I will try to get my profits before the meeting but if the trades are not meeting my needs I will risk to go trough the meeting. I shall get in touch with you tonight to show my results.
This being said I wish you all a profitable trading.
P.S. I will add a link today where you can see the meeting live.