Significance and Opportunity
Economic and financial implications of the vote are widely covered and lots of research is available via financial institutions and on the web. Betting odds this morning are forecasting a 62% probability in favor of the UK remaining in the EU and a 38% probability of Brexit.
In an effort to provide something unique to Forexop.com readers I decided to share with you one of my trades that I have already done on my personal FX trading account. In this post I will present a contrarian trade on EURJPY and the logic behind it.
If you haven’t read my previous post on contrarian trading, I would suggest having a look at it before moving forward here. It will give you a sense about my definition of contrarian trading and my underlying philosophy.
Since EURJPY is a cross rate, before discussing factors related to it, I am going to look at EURUSD and USDJPY. I will discuss technical factors, which will provide support that “the Crowd” is selling both EURUSD and USDJPY and that the Brexit is a good time to go against the Crowd by going long EURJPY.
EURUSD: Reasons for the Crowd to sell EURUSD and for contrarian to buy
If you take a look at Figure 1 you will see there are two very similar parallel channels on the EURUSD chart. The similarity is due to the following factors:
- Wave 1 and wave 3 of the first channel are equal in length. The same we have for the length of waves A and C of the second channel.
- Wave 2 and wave 4 of the first channel are equal in length. The same we have for the length of waves B and D of the second channel.
- Wave 4 and wave D ended at around 1.11.
- Maximums of both channels (end of wave 3 and end of wave C) are very similar spikes.
After the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcements between 13-28th of October, 2015 the first channel and level 1.11 were broken down. On June 15, 2016 we have another FED announcement, which could be the start of the opposite movement. Based on this similarity, my contrarian trade idea on EURUSD will be:
- Buy EURUSD (the current price is around 1.1210)
- Stop loss around 1.10 (below 1.11), and
- Take profit at around 1.18
This trade assumes the second channel will be broken up and similarity will cease to exist.
USDJPY: Reasons for the Crowd to sell USDJPY and for contrarian to buy
While USDJPY does not have such beautiful similarities as EURUSD, I think the two patterns circled in green in Figure 2 are still quite significant. As such these patterns will probably attract large shorts from “the Crowd”.
- The first pattern’s minimum is at around 116, while the second one’s is around 106, which gives a difference of 10 figures.
- Both up waves have length around 600 pips
- Both up waves started from the similar support levels of the previous uptrend
Based on the similarity USDJPY should stop its current downtrend and break up the maximum of the second pattern, which is around USDJPY = 112.0. The stop loss for this idea is around 101, which will give take profit/stop loss ratio of 6/5. Current price is around 106.0. My second contrarian trade idea is therefore:
- Buy USDJPY
- Stop loss @ 101
- Take Profit @ 112
EURJPY: Reasons for the Crowd to sell EURJPY and for contrarian to buy
EURJPY has the most beautiful medium term trend lines that I have ever seen in my trading career for a major currency pair. If you have seen more ideal medium term trend lines, please share them in the comments.
As I’ve shown in Figure 3 there are 2 unbroken downward slopping trend lines with maximums exactly on the line. On the first line there are 5 maximums and after the fifth maximum we have a big down wave, which continues up to the current point.
For the second line we already have 4 maximums, and because the second line is steeper, the price should meet it for the fifth time very soon. Once this happens, the Crowd should start to short EURJPY significantly based on the experience with the first line.
Brexit is widely considered as a negative event for the European project and the Euro in general.
In Figure 5, I put an example of similar consecutive medium term trend lines. These happened with EURUSD before the financial crisis of 2008. As you can see after the short fake move from the second line 3rd time, the technical bubble burst and the price broke down all the minimums on the second line.
As shown in Figure 4, on June 26 of last year, which is almost exactly the same month and date as the Brexit referendum, EURJPY experienced two huge gaps. Both EURUSD and USDJPY gapped down due to Grexit related risks. For EURUSD the explanation was that Grexit is bad for the European project (and by extension the Euro).
For USDJPY, the explanation was JPY’s safe haven status during the turbulent market conditions. Both explanations are existent today:
- Brexit is widely considered as a negative event for the European project and the Euro in general as well as Sterling
- The majority of analysts recommend JPY and CHF as a hedge for Brexit risks
- The above holds at least in the short to medium term
Based on the above similarity, market participants consciously or subconsciously will expect the same type of movements for EURJPY during the Brexit.
The Trading Idea
The ideal trade for EURJPY will be to wait until the price meets the second line fifth time and then open a contrarian position betting that that the bubble will burst. I’ve marked this in Figure 4 (blue ellipse). However, I decided to open part of the positions based on this factor now since later the stop loss/take profit ratio may not be as attractive as it is now.
- Buy EURJPY
- My stop loss at this point is 116, the level where the fourth wave from the second line will be equal to the fourth wave from the first line.
- Take profit is around 127-128, where both lines will be broken up significantly.
- Entry point is 118.73, which gives take profit/stop loss ratio of more than 3.