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- US Dollar tumbles post-Federal Open Market Committee decision

- Forex volatility prices likewise fell sharply, limiting potential for Dollar losses

- Our strategy trading preferences favor recent winners

Forex volatility prices have fallen sharply and suggest that major FX

pairs may stick to tight trading ranges through the foreseeable future.

The US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) sent the US Dollar sharply lower, but the simultaneous tumble in our DailyFX Volatility Indices suggests that further declines are less likely.

Forex Volatility Prices Tumble Following the Highly-Anticipated FOMC Decision

Forex_Volatility_Prices_tumble_-_US_Dollar_Losses_Less_Likely_body_Picture_1.png, Forex Volatility Tumbles Post-FOMC, Major USD Losses UnlikelySource: OTC FX Options Prices from Bloomberg; DailyFX Calculations

In fact, our 1-Week, 1-Month, and 3-Month Volatility Indices show that traders predict some of the slowest forex market conditions since January. A strongly positive correlation between volatility and the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index suggests the Greenback can continue near significant lows.

Our trend-following Momentum2 trading strategy has done well selling into US Dollar weakness and remains our preferred system until further notice. Yet we’ll stress that past performance is not indicative of future results. This fact seems particularly relevant now: our sentiment-based trading systems tend to do better in high-volatility market conditions.

Our preference indeed remains towards what’s worked well to date, but it looks like a good time to trade on lower leverage in anticipation of potential underperformance in our trend-following strategies.

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DailyFX Individual Currency Pair Conditions and Trading Strategy Bias

Forex_Volatility_Prices_tumble_-_US_Dollar_Losses_Less_Likely_body_Picture_2.png, Forex Volatility Tumbles Post-FOMC, Major USD Losses UnlikelyForex_Volatility_Prices_tumble_-_US_Dollar_Losses_Less_Likely_body_Picture_3.png, Forex Volatility Tumbles Post-FOMC, Major USD Losses UnlikelyAutomate our SSI-based trading strategies via Mirror Trader free of charge

--- Written by David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist for DailyFX.com

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Definitions

Volatility Percentile – The higher the number, the more likely we are to see strong movements in price. This number tells us where current implied volatility levels stand in relation to the past 90 days of trading. We have found that implied volatilities tend to remain very high or very low for extended periods of time. As such, it is helpful to know where the current implied volatility level stands in relation to its medium-term range.

Trend – This indicator measures trend intensity by telling us where price stands in relation to its 90 trading-day range. A very low number tells us that price is currently at or near 90-day lows, while a higher number tells us that we are near the highs. A value at or near 50 percent tells us that we are at the middle of the currency pair’s 90-day range.

Range High – 90-day closing high.

Range Low – 90-day closing low.

Last – Current market price.

Bias – Based on the above criteria, we assign the more likely profitable strategy for any given currency pair. A highly volatile currency pair (Volatility Percentile very high) suggests that we should look to use Breakout strategies. More moderate volatility levels and strong Trend values make Momentum trades more attractive, while the lowest Vol Percentile and Trend indicator figures make Range Trading the more attractive strategy.

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