Much of the time, when the idea of seasonal patterns is brought up in trading and the financial markets it is related to commodities. The commodity market, with its production cycles (crop harvest times, winter heating, summer driving,Â etc.), has some very obvious seasonals which impact the way prices move. This is all well documented.
The foreign exchangeÂ market, however, is not generally one where people thinking about theÂ seasonal impact on prices. They exist, though. I’ve done research on the subject confirming that.
Several years ago I noticed an interesting pattern in EUR/JPY by which itÂ rose regularlyÂ during a certain month of the year. I was able to use that knowledge profitably and it got me wondering if there were more such patterns. I wasn’t reallyÂ expecting to find any.
Needless to say, I was surprised when calendar patterns showed up all over the place – in many different currency pairs, at all different times of year, and in both short and longer term timeframes. Knowing that informationÂ was something many traders would probably find extremely valuable, I put together a full 175 page researchÂ reportÂ – Opportunities in Forex Calendar Trading Patterns.
That was back at the start of 2006. I updated Opportunties at the start of 2007, but decided after that to retire the report. Toward the end of 2008, though, I started getting regular inquiries about it – traders wondering if it was still available. After asking around and finding out that there was definitely interest, I decided to revive the report.
Actually, I went a bit further than that. I completely overhauled and expanded Opportunities. It’s now 260 pages and even more useful than the previous editions. It covers all of the majors and major crosses, plus I created a set of individual indices for the major currencies (similar to the Dollar Index) to look atÂ theÂ general patterns of individual currencies outside of specific pair relationships.Â If you trade forex you’ll want to take a look for sure.
I’m not going to say I understand whyÂ all these patterns take place. It obviously has something to do with capital and/or trade flows during different times of year. I’ll leave the explanation of that sort of thing to someone more in the knowÂ on the subjectÂ than I am. I just want to know it’s going on so I can put that information to use in my trading.
Seasonals, of course, aren’t guarantees that the market will trade a certain way at a given time of year. What they can do, however, is help you put the odds in your favor. That’s really half the battle in successful trading.
If you want that extra edge for your trading, I definite encourage you to check out my forex seasonals research report.
P.S.: Much to my surprise, I was just contacted by a group in Singapore about getting copies of the report for libraries, companies, etc. That was quite interesting, especially since I haven’t really done much by way of getting the word out yet.