Trading Support and Resistance

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This week we’ll begin with our monthly and weekly forecasts of the currency pairs worth watching. The first part of our forecast is based upon our research of the past 16 years of Forex prices, which show that the following methodologies have all produced profitable results:

Let’s look at the relevant data of currency price changes and interest rates to date, which we compiled using a trade-weighted index of the major global currencies:

Global Currencies

Monthly Forecast January 2020

For the month of January, we forecasted that the best trades would be long EUR/USD and long NZD/USD. The performances to date are as follows:

Best trades

Weekly Forecast 19th January 2020

We made no weekly forecast last week, and we do the same this week, as there were no strong counter-trend movements last week.

The Forex market has again shown decreased activity, with only 4% of the important currency pairs and crosses moving by more than 1% in value over the past week. The volatility of major currencies was reported last week to be at a 30-year low. Volatility is likely to be higher over the coming week. A sharp rise in volatility will become more likely the longer this period of low volatility continues.

Last week was dominated by relative strength in the Swiss Franc, and relative weakness in the Japanese Yen.

You can trade our forecasts in a real or demo Forex brokerage account.

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Previous Monthly Forecasts

You can view the results of our previous monthly forecasts here.

Key Support/Resistance Levels for Popular Pairs

We teach that trades should be entered and exited at or very close to key support and resistance levels. There are certain key support and resistance levels that should be watched on the more popular currency pairs this week, which might result in either reversals or breakouts:

Support and Resistance Levels

Let’s see how trading two of these key pairs last week off key support and resistance levels could have worked out:

EUR/USD

We had expected the level at 1.1168 might act as resistance, as it had acted previously as both support and resistance. Note how these “flipping” levels can work very well. The H1 chart below shows how shortly after last Thursday’s New York session began, the price bounced strongly off that level, forming a bearish engulfing candlestick marked by the down arrow in the price chart below, which immediately broke to the downside. This trade has given a great maximum reward to risk ratio so far of just under 3 to 1.

EURUSD

EUR/JPY

We had expected the level at 122.84 might act as might act as resistance, as it had acted previously as both support and resistance. Note how these “flipping” levels can work very well. The H1 chart below shows how shortly after last Thursday’s New York session began, the price bounced strongly off that level, forming a bearish engulfing candlestick marked by the down arrow in the price chart below, which immediately broke to the downside. A few hours earlier, the price had already made a bearish failure at this resistance level but would not break down right away. Sometimes these failures can produce such double tops or bottoms which may be a good sign that the trade has a higher than usual probability of success.  This trade has given a good maximum reward to risk ratio so far of about 2 to 1.

EURJPY

That’s all for this week. You can trade our forecasts in a real or demo Forex brokerage account to test the strategies and strengthen your self-confidence before investing real funds.

Adam Lemon began his role at DailyForex in 2013 when he was brought in as an in-house Chief Analyst. Adam trades Forex, stocks and other instruments in his own account. Adam believes that it is very possible for retail traders/investors to secure a positive return over time provided they limit their risks, follow trends, and persevere through short-term losing streaks – provided only reputable brokerages are used. He has previously worked within financial markets over a 12-year period, including 6 years with Merrill Lynch.
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