Forex Strength and Comparison for Week 29

17 July 2016, 23:06
Forex Technical Analyst Trader
Welcome to my "Strength and Comparison" article for the coming week, the article "Ranking, Rating and Score" has also been published.
For analyzing the best pairs to trade looking from a longer term perspective the last 3 months Currency Classification can be used in support.
This was updated on 10 July 2016 and is provided here for reference purposes:
Strong: USD, JPY, NZD. The preferred range is from 6 to 8.
Average: CHF, CAD. The preferred range is from 5 to 6.
Weak: EUR, AUD, GBP. The preferred range is from 1 to 3.


13 Weeks Currency Score Strength

The 13 Weeks Currency Strength and the 13 Weeks Average are provided here below. This data and the "3 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 week, we perform several checks to avoid this.
    1. First of all the strength over a period of 13 weeks. See each row for more information.
    2. Then the 13 weeks average, see the last row called "Avg. 13 wks."
    3. The number of weeks that a currency is stronger than another currency can also be evaluated.
    4. The TA Charts for each Time Frame can also be consulted.
    5. Besides these the "13 weeks Currency Classification" chart of each currency is also consulted and compared.

      In the previous article we looked into the weak currencies. In this article the chart of the strong currencies is provided here below. It is clear to see that the JPY is the strongest over the last period. The NZD is moving between the average and the strong area being more stable than the USD which is also sometimes in the weak area.
      At this moment the NZD has the lowest 13 Weeks Average strength being 5,3077 but it is clearly far away from the average currencies showing values of around 4,3.
      In the "Currency Score comparison" Table of this article are some good combinations and also for the NZD being in a pull back. It may offer a good step in opportunity.


      Currency Score Comparison

      "Comparison table" and the "Ranking and Rating list"

      The Forex Currency Comparison Table compares each currency with its counterpart based on the Currency Score. For more information about the currency Score of this week you can read the article "Forex Ranking, Rating and Score" which is published every week together with this article.
      By using the comparison table directly below you can 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 4 Time Frames that are also used for the "Ranking and Rating List". 
      The information from the Comparison Table is the source for calculating the "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.

      "Comparison table" and the "Currency Score Chart"

      The additional analysis of this table compared to the Currency Score table is that the Comparison Table compares the strength between the currencies of each pair. By subtracting the strength of the weaker currency from the stronger currency we have a way to compare each pair combination. 
      The comparison table provides a way to compare currencies from a longer term perspective of 13 weeks and also simultaneously taking the current trend into account. By coloring the currencies in the X and Y axis according to their Classification we can show what the best combinations are. In doing this we apply 2 rules to make it clear.
      1. First of all only better classified currencies in combination with weaker classified currencies are "Approved".
      2. 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 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 week.
        • Even though they are in the same classification when looking at the 13 weeks 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 together

      Based on the last "3 months currency classification" and the "Currency Comparison Table" the most interesting currencies for going long seem to be the:
      JPY and the USD

      These are strong or average currencies from a longer term perspective when looking at the last "3 months currency classification".

      For going short the same analysis can be done and the following currencies seem to fit best:
      GBP, EUR and the CHF
      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:
      AUD and the NZD. 
      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 Daily and Weekly chart. We will look at these ones here in a bit more detail.
      • When analyzing the Weekly and Daily charts the best pairs for the coming week seem to be the:
      • A crossed join between the Top 10 pairs in the "Ranking and Rating List", the "Currency Comparison Table" and the pairs with the best charts mentioned here above shows the following interesting pairs: 
        • All pairs are mentioned as "Approved" in the "Currency Comparison Table.
        • The EUR/CAD, AUD/JPY and the GBP/NZD are not mentioned in the Top 10 of the Ranking and Rating list. 


      The article "Ranking, Rating and Score" published this weekend contains the following interesting pairs:
      • GBP/JPY with the EUR/USD
      • EUR/JPY with the GBP/USD
        All these pairs are mentioned as interesting according to the combinations mentioned in the crossed join here above. The pairs mentioned in the "Ranking, Rating and Score" have the preference according to:
        • the order in that list,
        • the Currency score difference in the "Currency Comparison Table" 
        • and how the charts in the different Time frames are looking. 
        The pairs mentioned here above are just a few examples and many other combinations are possible. 


        Besides this article I also use the Forex "Ranking, Rating and Score" which is also available once a week on my blog at 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 or the direct link to this article. Good luck in the coming week.


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