The next commodity Fx pair that we will look at is NZDUSD as part of our series on the characteristics of price action of the major Forex pairs.
Characteristics of NZDUSD
The closest cousin of the AUDUSD pair, NZDUSD is highly correlated with AUDUSD. Its trading characteristics and the behavior of price action on NZDUSD are therefore very similar to the ones seen on the charts of AUDUSD. The price generally moves in orderly steps especially on the larger timeframes such as 4-hour, daily and higher, although fake breakouts can occur from time to time.
NZDUSD most of the time trades in a swingy fashion. That is the price tends to move in swings which is probably what makes the pair very well suited for swing trading. The quite often and frequent formation of trendlines and channels further strengthens the swing trading characteristics of the NZDUSD major pair, but also of other NZD pairs too.
Every currency pair in Fx has a unique character. GBP is famously known among Forex traders as the most volatile major currency, and normally, most of the GBP Fx pairs are highly volatile, including the most popular one - GBPUSD. As a result, different trading strategies have been created purely based on this volatility of the Pound, a notable example being the London open breakout strategy.
A little bit about GBPUSD
GBPUSD usually exhibits very trending price action that is very specific to this pair only. When a trend starts on “Cable”, the price can travel great distances without much looking back or pausing. Trends are also often thrusting with tall candles followed by tight consolidation. Sometimes retracements are also volatile, with tall candles in the opposite direction of the trend. But, nonetheless GBPUSD trends don’t stop easily, and such retracements don’t last very long before the predominant trend continues and catches momentum traders on the wrong side of the market.
All of the above suggests that we should probably be using a different set of indicators in a slightly different way when trading different currency pairs. For example, chart patterns are often disrupted on GBPUSD due to the volatility. The structures are often in an irregular shape and it is not uncommon for GBPUSD chart patterns to fail miserably.
So trading reversals such as trying to pick top and bottoms can be very tricky and is not the best way to trade this pair. Using trending strategies on GBPUSD, however, tends to work much better. In this article, we’ll focus on this aspect of trading the GBPUSD currency pair.
This is a powerful trading strategy that works very well during strong market trends and can offer excellent rewards.
Most importantly, due to the accuracy of the indicators used and the conditions under which they are used, this strategy enables traders to enter only the best and strongest Forex trends out of which the best trading opportunities are filtered out and considered for taking a trade. It may not generate as many trades as other strategies, but trades which are generated are with a higher degree of accuracy.
It’s easy to implement and to use this strategy. It doesn’t require expert knowledge of the markets or extensive understanding of technical analysis principles. The strategy can be applied on all currency pairs with pretty much the same performance/results. It also works well on different timeframes, but the 4-hour chart has shown the most profitable results.
On the chart below, we show a real Forex example of how this strategy based on the FxTR Improved RSI indicator and two EMAs looks on the charts:
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