For analyzing the best pairs to trade looking from a longer term perspective the last 12 months currency classification can be used in support.
This was updated on 3 January 2016 and is provided here for reference purposes:
Strong: USD / GBP / CHF. The preferred range is from 6 to 8.
Average: NZD, JPY. The preferred range is from 4 to 5.
Weak: EUR, AUD, CAD. The preferred range is from 1 to 3.
The charts were provided in the following article: "Forex Currency Score Classification for January"
12 Months Currency Score Strength for Month JuneThe 12 Months Currency Strength and the 12 Months Average are provided here below. This data and the "12 months currency classification" are considered for deciding on the preferred range. Because it is not ideal nor desired to change the range for a currency every single month, we perform several checks to avoid this.
- First of all the strength over a period of 12 months. See each row for more information.
- Then the 12 months average, see the last row called "Avg. 12 M."
- The number of months that a currency is stronger than another currency can also be evaluated.
- The TA Charts for each Time Frame can also be consulted.
- Besides these the "12 monhts Currency Classification" chart of each currency is also consulted and compared. These have been updated and can be found in the article: "Forex Currency Score Classification for January".
The CHF is a strong Currency but getting weaker lately with a Score of 4,66. The GBP is classified as an average currency and having currently a score of 4,5. It is getting close to the CHF and in the last 12 months each were an equal amount of 6 months being stronger. Last month was clearly a winner for the GBP, see for more information the chart here below. These currencies may switch places in the classification in the coming period.
Currency Score Comparison for Month June
and the "Ranking and Rating list"
By using the comparison table directly below you get a view without the volatility and statistics as opposed to the "Ranking and Rating List". Only the strength of each currency against the counterparts is analyzed by using the Technical analysis charts of the 3 Time Frames that are also used for the monthly "Ranking and Rating List".
The information from the Comparison Table is the source for calculating the monthly "Ranking and Rating List" where this list uses additionally the volatility and statistics for creating the best and worst performer in the list from number 1 to 28, whereby 1 is the best and 28 is the worst performer.
Table" and the "Currency Score Chart"
The Comparison Table provides a way to compare currencies from a longer term perspective of 12 months and also simultaneously taking the current trend into account. By coloring the currencies in the X and Y axis according to their Classification, see "Forex Currency Score Classification for January", we can show what the best combinations are. In doing this we apply 2 rules to make it clearer.
- First of all only better classified currencies in combination with weaker classified currencies are "Approved".
- The only exception is when 2 currencies are similarly classified but the Currency Score difference is equal to or more than 4.
- It means that each currency should be as far apart from each other as possible in the range from 1 to 8. This means that the classification of the currencies in question may change in the longer term. By using the difference of 4 which is exact the half of the range it seems a safe approach for trading 2 currencies which are similarly classified.
- Since each classification covers only 2 or 3 scores at the most it means that the currencies should be at least one classification apart from each other in the current month.
- Even though they are in the same
classification when looking at the 12 months average a currency may be
in a weaker/stronger period and may even change its classification in
the future. See the current classification for the coming period at the
top of this article.
Putting the pieces togetherBased on the last "12 months currency classification" and the "Currency Comparison Table" the most interesting currencies for going long seem to be the:
USD, JPY and the GBP.
These are strong or average currencies from a longer term perspective when looking at the last "12 months currency classification".
For going short the same analysis can be done and the following currencies seem to fit best:
AUD, NZD and the EUR.
These are weak or average currencies from a longer term perspective.
Currencies with a high deviation seem less interesting to trade because they are less predictable. These currencies are at the moment e.g. the:
GBP, CAD and the CHF.
Unless these currencies offer a clear opportunity based on the longer term they are avoided. However, these currencies may offer opportunities for the short term trader.
Some of these pairs comply for a longer term trade based on the Weekly and Monthly chart. We will look at these ones here in a bit more detail.
- When analyzing the Monthly and Weekly charts the
best pairs for the coming week seem to be the:
AUD/CAD, AUD/JPY, AUD/NZD, CHF/JPY, EUR/AUD and the USD/CHF.
crossed join between the Top 10 pairs in the "Ranking and
the "Currency Comparison Table" and the pairs with the best charts
mentioned here above shows the following interesting pairs:
AUD/JPY, CHF/JPY and the USD/CHF.
- Only the EUR/AUD is not mentioned as "Approved" pair in the "Currency Comparison Table".
- The AUD/CAD, AUD/NZD, EUR/AUD are not mentioned in the Top 10 of the Ranking and Rating list.
- AUD/JPY with the GBP/NZD
- AUD/USD with the GBP/CHF
- GBP/AUD with the USD/CHF
- CHF/JPY with the AUD/USD
- NZD/JPY with the GBP/AUD
However, when comparing with the "Currency Comparison Table" it may offer more possilbities, like e.g. the GBP/AUD.
Besides this article I also use the Forex "Ranking, Rating and Score" which is also available once a week on my blog at FxTaTrader.com. In the article "Ranking, Rating and Score" we look in more detail at the absolute position of the currencies and pairs.
It is recommended to read the page Currency score explained and Models in practice for a better understanding of the article. If you would like to use this article then mention the source by providing the URL FxTaTrader.com or the direct link to this article. Good luck in the coming week.
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