Fundamentals And Forex Direction – A Must Know

I’m often surprised when I get talking with new ( and usually short-term ) traders – how little they really know or understand of the fundamentals, or of some of the “general under currents” running through currency markets.

At times I really do shake my head, wondering “How on Earth could one expect to have any success at this without spending the time, and making the effort to better understand what’s “really behind” a given currency move? and “what role that currency plays” in the grand scheme of things.

Seeing these low volume / large price moves in a number of currencies over the past 24 hours “should” push a trader to really test his/her skills and knowledge – in learning to differentiate what’s moving, in which direction – and “why”?

A simple example. The Australian Dollar. A strong currency or a weak currency? And then – why the hell would it be moving higher in the current investment environment? Ask yourself these questions BEFORE you consider entering a trade.

Hmmm let’s bout the Reserve Bank of Australia outright stating they WANT a lower Aussie? Further “rate cuts” expected in Q1 2014? How bout some weaker than expected numbers ( not to mention some pretty serious debt/banking concerns ) out of China? Let alone the “old standard” carry trade coming off “should” risk aversion appear ( yes people “risk aversion” remember that? – the opposite of “risk appetite”?), the normal market dynamic where things go “down for a while” instead of “up all the time”?

Point being…..there are no “strong currencies” as the race for the bottom is still very much in play, and will continue to remain the market driver in months to come. You’ll need to see reports of strong economic growth “globally” and countries “raising interest” rates to even consider a time to be looking for “strong currencies” – and I can assure you THAT won’t be happening any time soon.

I continue to marvel as people “see what they want to see”, but the newsflash here, is that we are moving towards a period of “slowing and contraction” not “growth and expansion” so…..I guess you can read your headlines….and I’ll “write” mine.

15 Responses

  1. JSkogs January 3, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Hopefully you don’t mind another USDJPY comment. Not for trade but for thought and analysis. Speaking of contraction and potential flight to safety, if US Treasury yields start to decrease that should really take the heat off USDJPY and perhaps other JPY pairs. I think the last correlation number I read for USDJPY and US Treasury yields was in the high 80’s….pretty strong. If treasuries don’t rally though on a flight to safety then…well that tells us something much different.

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 12:41 pm

      Huh……interesting that you’d consider U.S Treasuries “rallying” on a flight to safety.

      It’s been my thinking that “gold” may take that spot next time around, as I for one sure won’t consider U.S Treasuries a safe hafe haven play.

      Curious to know / understand more of what you’re thinking.

      You mean maybe “older investors” rotating out of stocks, and perhaps into bonds?

  2. JSkogs January 3, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I guess that was sort of my point….in the past often treasuries would rally in a flight to safety. We haven’t had a flight to safety in awhile and I’m interested to see what the market thinks this time around. Gold or will people actually think US longer term paper is safe enough to trade. My personal opinion is that gold is a better idea but I kind of want to see what the market thinks. If US paper doesn’t get bought this time around it says the clock got ticking earlier than I expected

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      You bet man…..ALOT to be learned from this next turn (when it finally materializes).

      I am with you 100% in that the safety play will be very interesting, as well USD.

      Personally…..I don’t envision Treasuries doing anything but bouncing, but certainly can’t wait to see!

  3. JSkogs January 3, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    As in I am in the fire n brimstone camp but I am expecting that to play out later down the road

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 1:01 pm

      Ya with the Fed sitting across the table, this kind of speculation can just as easily get turned on it’s head with a simple press conference / news announcemnt so…..the saga continues.

      Personally, I’d love to see stocks sell off, bond yields pop “past” expectation, and have the Fed immediately step back in with additional QE , and just get it over with.

      That would have the money printing continue ( as they want ) that would further depress the US Dollar ( which they also want ) while keeping a lid on interest rates. Then interest rates subside ( temporarily ) stocks take another “attempt to regain highs / go higher , Dollar type “crisis” / Japan “crisis” kick in or whatever other “global threat”…and the entire thing tanks hard.

      There is no way this is all going to play out “naturally” if that’s even possible anymore as the Fed MUST be in the planning stages as to what to do next, with zero improvement in the real economy, zero job growth, all lowered earnings estimates / guidance etc….and this “token taper”.

      I’m still of the mindset that there will be “significantly larger QE” on the horizon.

  4. JSkogs January 3, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Ya I’m thinking much larger QE at some point as well. That is when I feel I will be more bearish because there are some large players (China) already mad about this monkey business. I can only imagine what will happen next time around….and a further announcement will “prove” that there is no way out.

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      We’ll feel more bearish sure….but hey! More QE?? Good right??


      Markets will likely give it another kick of the can as Fed and Wallstreet try to “continue to keeps things inflated”, and the poor guys at home / seniors / middle class etc just go along with it “one more time”? “two more times”?

      Unreal man.

      • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 1:38 pm

        My thinking is something “larger” ( as you’ve noted with China or perhaps crisis in Japan ) will throw a big fat monkey wrench into the Fed’s plans.

        But then again….crisis / war etc……Fed wants those things too so…..

  5. JSkogs January 3, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Yup. Speaking of Japan does anybody know of credible non mainstream news source for fukushima news? I’ve read some freaky stuff lately but I’m not so sure of the sources. is a site I’ve been checking into. Anybody have any suggestions?

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 3:29 pm

      It’s tough as I too struggle for accurate information.

      We’ve got readers in those parts….lets hang in and see / hope someone can give us some “reliable news”.

  6. Jimmy Shekarchi January 3, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    Thanks for all your insights.

    What is your position regarding the Canadian dollar versus US dollars?

    • Forex Kong January 3, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Hi Jimmy.

      I’m as bullish the Canadian Dollar as can be…..although it really depends “against what”.

      Expecting USD to “eventually” fall considerably – I’d get short USD/CAD any day of the week.

      • Andre January 3, 2014 / 11:44 pm

        “Hmmm let’s bout the Reserve Bank of Australia outright stating they WANT a lower Aussie?”

        The real price of a currency is the nominal price plus the short term interest rate plus the time differential. That is, for our purposes, the nominal price of the AUD today is not equivalent to the nominal price of the AUD ten years ago, but to that nominal price plus accrued interest. What the RBA said was that they would prefer to see the nominal price lower than to lower the interest rate. What they also said is that the price is more likely to be closer to 85 cents than 95 cents; which could mean what they regard as a reasonable range is anything from 0 to 89.99, with some cushion into the 90 to 94.99 area but not above unless something changes (which is precisely what you expect to happen, so that is puzzling to me). Consider this: when the AUD/JPY collapsed in 2008, the lows it reached were still above the carry adjusted AUD/JPY of not that many years before.

        As far as I’m concerned, there is only one trade that approaches the level of stupidity of shorting AUD/JPY, and that is going long GBP/AUD. And you are “as bullish the CAD as can be”? Why in God’s name would you be bullish the CAD and bearish the AUD?

        • Forex Kong January 4, 2014 / 12:09 am

          For all reading….please take note of the above comments, as we will “revisit this” at a later date.

          I will now give myself a well deserved “pat on the back” for the use of restraint, as well patience – allowing others to openly express “a view” here at Forex Kong.

          I don’t justify my trades, or ideas in general Andre so……

          I wish you the best of luck out there.

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