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Euro Economic News Release Trading Strategies

Aug 17, 2007
The Euro responds very well to US economic news releases. There is at least one US news release each week when the market moves very fast and is an excellent (although stressful) way to make some quick big pips. One way to capture these large moves is to use ENTRY STOP ORDERS.

Entry stop orders are an excellent way to get into a trade long or short AUTOMATICALLY. Often if the market is moving extremely fast (due to an economic news release or geopolitical event) and you want to get into a trade, it is extremely difficult to get the price you click (live market order) because the exchange rate is moving up or down so fast. It is like trying to jump on a train that is moving at full speed.

An entry stop buy or sell order places an order with the dealing desk of your Forex clearing house to execute your order when the exchange rate touches the level you set the order at.

The only time I wouldn't set an entry order would be on a Friday afternoon before the market closes for the weekend. When it re-opens on Sunday evening, the price may gap open and miss your entry order.

Nevertheless, we don't recommend holding a trade open over the weekend anyway....too much can happen on a world level that can affect the price when the market re-opens....and not always in your favor!

The following Yahoo page outlines the economic news releases for the week. I find it very helpful because it rates every release in terms of importance on a grading scale of A-D. A denotes very important down to D with little significance to the markets. It even lists what the market expects to happen with the briefing.com forecast. I take the time on the weekend to make a note of the day and hour of the major US news releases scheduled for the next week.

1. Check the biz.yahoo.com/c/e/html economic Calendar

2. Set your entry stop buy or sell at a key level 15-30 minutes before the announcement is released. Set your stop and limit on your order by right clicking the order when it appears on your VT platform.

3. You can also "straddle" the price movement by placing a long and short entry stop or sell order (and subsequent stops) if you aren't sure which direction the news release will send the price.

In actuality, "straddling" a trade is the most risk-free and stress-free way of trading the news. You have to practice it in a demo account to get good at it because very quickly, you'll be closing out the losing leg.

Another trading technique would be to simply wait 5 or 10 minutes before putting on a trade after a major news release. Wait for the smoke to clear and the way to see the direction. The volatility will move the market for 30 minutes to a few hours in one direction. Put on your trade in a fast 5 min chart but then switch to a 15 minute chart to stay in the trend longer without prematurely exiting.

An easy way to trade is to only trade the major US news releases....the rest of the trading week can pretty dull, in comparison!

Remember, under all trade circumstances, trade with a stop. And keep moving it in your trade direction by about 15 pips at a time, to lock in ever-increasing pip profits! This stop trailing technique is taught in our Advanced forex course.

The above report was taken from the Euro Fractal Trading system, written by Erol Bortucene of the Day Trade Forex Team.

This unique approach to day trading the EUR/USD involves using financial Fractals and no other technical indicators, as outlined in the Euro Fractal Trading System.

Byline: Erol Bortucene and Cynthia Macy are co-authors of 'The Day Trade Forex System: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Online Currency Trading'.
About the Author
Cynthia Macy is a trader with 12 years experience trading stock options and forex. She has co-authored 3 popular forex training ebooks.
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