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Monday 26th July : Where has the liquidity gone ?

Had 2 trades today and ended up in the Black by 1.5%.

Went short on CHFJPY at 08:06 for 30 pips and Short on Gold 10:28 that ended up being a BreakEven trade. Shame I came out of that has it turn into a 1.5% trade in the end.  Other than that I saw the market move around its axis pretty much all Morning session, without too many ops. A copy of my trade is below :


SNAPPER_CHFJPY_260710 +30 pips

There were setups on EURAUD, EURCAD, USDJPY, AUDJPY, USDCHF and EURCHF during the day which would have all ended going 1:1 for 15 pips but I didn’t take them after looking at the Larger Timeframes and seeing the fact that most major pairs (Cable excepted) seemed to be going sideways today.

Thought this article on Liquidity in the Summer by Jay Meilser was interesting :

It is easy to keep a low profile during summer forex trading due to thin liquidity. However, thin liquidity does not preclude volatility and/or trends from developing. Even range markets offer opportunities. This suggests staying alert to the price action as history shows that there summer markets will offer chances to trade.

So how does a forex trader go about trading during summer markets? There is no fixed rule as history has shown the currency market can move and trends develop when it is least expected. One characteristic is that US afternoon sessions tend to be much quieter than usual. Forex trading activity, in general, peaks during the European-North American session and then tails off during the U.S. afternoon session. This is the typical pattern but the U.S. summer session is even thinner than usual. In addition, Friday sessions tend to be thinnest, especially after Europe goes home and traders look for early exits from the market.

Last summer was an unusual one as it setup the start of the crisis that sent global financial markets reeling and on the brink of collapse. For example, the EUR/USD traded a range of 1469 pips, 1.6040 (the record eur/usd high) set July 15, 2008 to a low at 1.4571 on August 26. The net change for the dollar for July-August was +7.5%. GBP/USD traded a high of 2.0157 on July 15 to a 1.8171 low on August 29. This was a 1986 pips range and +9.6% for the dollar vs. GBP. USD/JPY traded a more subdued range as JPY firmed on its various crosses. USD/JPY traded a high of 110.51 and a low at 103.77, which was a 674 pip range. The net change in the dollar for the summer months was +3.3%.

By contrast, the summer of 2007 showed tighter ranges and smaller net changes. EUR/USD traded a 493 pip range and the net dollar change was -0.8%. The GBP/USD range was 707 pips and the net change in the dollar was just 0.4%. USD/JPY traded a wider 1297 pip range and its net change was -6.0%. While the more modest ranges in EUR/USD and GBP/USD might be more typical of summer markets, there was enough movement (e.g. USD/JPY and JPY crosses) to provided opportunities to trade.

The point of this analysis is to show that thin liquidity does not mean the market will not move or trends will not develop. While 2008 may not have been a typical summer market, it sowed the risk of being complacent and that trends can develop even during thinner than usual summer liquidity. The summer of 2008 setup the gyrations in global financial markets in the months that followed and history will likely show these were once in a lifetime moves. Looking at the summer of 2007 shows there were tighter ranges in the eur/usd but a wide range for USD/JPY. Activity in the forex market generally peaks during the European-North American session and then slows during the U.

Copyright (c) 2009 Jay Meisler

Jay Meisler has been a forex trader since the 1970s and has traded for a bank, managed a fund and been an independent trader. He is a co-founder of Global-View.com, the leading forex discussion site that attracts members from over 170 countries. Traders from around the globe come to Global-View in search of trading ideas, latest news, flows and rumors => http://www.global-view.com

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