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FX Vol Set To Increase On Quarter End Rebalancing

With a VIX index still above 50.00 and month/quarter end to kick in, there is a real potential for increased activity in equity/bond and FX today.

The Daily Edge is authored by Ivan Delgado, 10y Forex Trader veteran & Market Insights Commentator at Global Prime. Feel free to follow Ivan on Twitter & Youtube. You can also subscribe to the report. The purpose of this content is to taking an in-depth look at market dynamics – fundamentals and technicals – to determine daily biases and assist one’s trading decisions.

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Quick Take
Narratives in Financial Markets
Recent Economic Indicators
Insights Into Forex Flows
Educational Material

Quick Take

The ebbs and flows in the Forex market were rather subdued on Monday, with volatility measures dropping to the lowest in the last month as the progressive decrease in vol stays the course. Nonetheless, the new normal is for currency swings of a much larger magnitude than we were used to before all hell broke loose. Besides, with a VIX index still above 50.00 and month/quarter end to kick in, there is a real potential for increased activity in equity/bond and FX today.

As an aperitif, we’ve seen sudden spikes in the Yen, US Dollar and Aussie crosses during Tuesday’s final fiscal day in the Tokyo fix. At the risk of sounding too reiterative, it’s worth emphasizing that while the short–term picture has worsened for the US Dollar amid the flooding of dollars into the system by the Fed and a better tone in equities, do not underestimate the phase where we are at, in which based on the bullish breakout in the USD index, further upside is still justified.

The rest of FX saw the Canadian Dollar as the weakest link, finding follow through after the emergency dovish move by the BOC (cut rates by 50bp to its lowest bound and started QE). On the flip side, the Aussie drew solid buy-side flows as the Australian PM pulled out the big guns with a very generous fiscal package to combat COVID-19. The Pound extended its impressive run too, although mildly. The remaining currencies (EUR, JPY, CHF, NZD) consolidated.

The indices show the performance of a particular currency vs G8 FX. A video on how to interpret these indices can be found in the Global Prime’s Research section.

Narratives In Financial Markets

* The Information is gathered after scanning top publications including the FT, WSJ, Reuters, Bloomberg, ForexLive, Twitter, Institutional Bank Research reports.

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It’s month/quarter end in financial markets  

This means there is increased potential for equity/bond and FX re-balancing flows. The Global FX Committee (GFXS) issued a statement last week, still applicable for today, in which it warns: “FX participants may execute larger than usual volumes during end-of-month benchmark fixings.”

Equities trade with a better tone

The S&P500 managed to recoup Friday’s losses by rising 3.4%, which could be in part related to month-end re-balancing. In Asia, stocks, especially in the Australian index ASX 200, also traveled northbound (+7%) as detailed emerged of a third fiscal package from the Morrison government.

Trump caves in

Trump extended guidelines on social distancing across the US to April 30, which is a sudden walk-back from his earlier intention to reopen the country. The latest projections by Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task, about millions of Americans being infected and estimates of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths appears to have been a wake-up call for the President.

What else is happening?

There has been a worrying rebound in the number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea, while on the flip side, the reported rate of new infections in Italy, Spain or Portugal has slowed down. It’s also encouraging that Ford partnered with GE health to produce ventilators, alongside news that Mercedes F1 team has teamed up with engineers at University College London and UCL Hospital to build a device pumping oxygen to the lungs without the need for a ventilator, with estimates for a production rate of 1,000/day near term.

This DB report digs deeper

For an more in-depth update on how cases have developed globally, the Deutsche Bank Research Team does a great job in this daily report. It underscores that “global cases have risen to over 700,000, with the US driving the bulk of the growth rate.”

Subdued ebbs and flows in Forex

On Monday, currencies traded quietly with the USD regaining some of its lost ‘mojo’. In terms of range expansions, the G8 FX complex averaged much smaller swings as the market takes the foot off the gas pedal end of quarter adjustments. Do not underestimate the phase where we are at, in which based on the bullish breakout in the USD, further upside is likely in weeks ahead. Reuters carries a solid article today to contextualize it.

Oil at lowest in 18 years

WTI crude oil broke below the $20.00 mark, down more than 6%, with the close just above the round number, in what still represents the lowest close since January 2002. Today President Trump talked with Russian President Putin but no breakthrough was reported.  I recommend the readership to read the following report by Goldman Sachs titled ‘An Industry Game-Changer’

Germany’s GDP set to collapse

The German economy, so dependable on exports, is in for some rude awakening, as are the rest of global economies to be honest. It nonetheless caught my attention this report by Reuters noting “it could shrink by 5.4% this year due to covid”, Germany’s council of economic advisers said on Monday.

What about the US?

COVID-19 job losses could total 47 million, and the unemployment rate may hit 32%, according to St. Louis Fed projections. “These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by the U.S. economy in the last 100 years,” St. Louis Fed economist Miguel Faria-e-Castro wrote in a research paper posted last week.

China to go all in to protect jobs

In the following report by JP Morgan, the bank summarizes the March 27th meeting by the Chinese Communist Party (CPC), which is a fresh look at the policy reactions to come, likely to be massive as they are discounting a scenario where the world goes into recession.

Recent Economic Indicators & Events Ahead

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EUR/USD technical analysis

It remains above the ‘mean’ as measured by the 100-period moving average, which acts as a great stabilizer of the average vol. However, this is one of the narrowest range since March 10th.

Price structure

The weekly chart has sellers in control after the last successful rotation, as is the case in the daily, where the abrupt rebound off a fresh multi-year low is yet to form higher highs and higher lows. On the 4-hour chart, the bullish case remains valid as the price enters discounted territory, hence a buy setup would be in line with the bias.


The buy-side action, if it were to re-emerge, has the backing of the smart money trackers off the 4-hour and daily. This backdrop is relevant if looking for short-term trading conviction, as it suggests buyers are still the force in control as structure and momentum matches off through the 4-hour chart dynamics.

Key levels

In the big picture, this is a market where sellers have the upper hand subject to protection of the 1.1170-1.1250 supply area. To the downside, as long as 1.0990-1.10 is protected by not allowing 4-hour closes below, it suggests buying pressure is a real possibility.

Bottom line

While on the big picture the sell-side control is retained, leeway is still available to the upside, which based on the near-term structure and momentum, may materialize but rally would be limited.

GBP/USD technical analysis


It’s the first time since Feb 25th that vol has fallen below its ‘mean’ as measured by the 100-period MA. Nonetheless, recent history suggests this is an anecdote and much higher levels of vol eyed.

Price structure

The bigger timeframes (weekly, daily) communicate sellers are the side in control. However, this view clashes with the near-term technical reality, where buyers have dominated proceedings with the 4-hour still retaining a positive structure.


It has turned positive in both the daily and the 4-hour as per the smart money trackers. This bullish settings adds to the case that in the near-term, the 4-hour chart may see further pushes higher.

Key levels

The positive view off the 4-hour must be reconciled with the fact that the 100% bullish projection target has been met. Notwithstanding this overhead constraint, pullbacks are still seen as potential buy-side opportunities within the green box if one’s prop setup shows up. To the upside, assuming the immediate resistance is cleared, 1.27+ becomes the next target for buyers.

Bottom line

The big picture implies the current bullish momentum should be limited in nature, but further room for the Pound to appreciate up towards the 1.27 area is a scenario I can envision based on the current alignment of the 4-hour structure/momentum.

USD/JPY technical analysis

The ‘mean’ measurement in red line (100-period MA) implies a vol of 110-115 pips as the new normal. Vol has nonetheless been in a steady decrease since the peaks of 400 pips/day.

Price structure

On the weekly, the bearish forces are dominant, but that’s starting to change off the 4-hour and daily where buyers are now the side that shows the most control of price action.


The daily is still the main guidance for those looking to find the backing of momentum via the smart money tracker. The 4-hour still looks pre-mature to be aggressively bullish, but again, this can be seen as being offset by the daily stance.

Key levels

Should the daily bullish momentum extend, the area to expect a cluster of offers that may limit the progress starts from 109.30, while on the downside, the green area highlighted yesterday has so far acted as a location for buyers to regain control.

Bottom line

While the weekly is not supportive, the picture clears up in favor of the bulls through the analysis of the 4-hour and daily. Buy-side setups have now the backing of these timeframes structure-wise. In terms of momentum, the daily also shows a case can be made, hence the net balance is a market that justifies buy on dips.

AUD/USD technical analysis

The theme of decreasing vol in the Aussie is still playing out with the latest range matching up the new ‘mean’ of about 100 pips.

Price structure

The 4-hour chart is the chart that one must resort to in order to justify higher levels heading into Tuesday as the stepping formation of higher highs and higher lows stays the course. On the bigger timeframes, this is a market where sellers have the upper hand.


The 4-hour but also the daily, after a steady appreciation for over 7 days, has allowed the smart money tracker to turn bullish. This reinforces the idea that near term buy-side pressure remain a probable scenario subject to the 4-hour defending its bull structure.

Key levels

The level that I expect the next bullish phase to target, if it were to occur, includes the 0.6280-0.6320 ahead of 0.6450. These levels have been highlighted in a red box. To the downside, the green box off the 4-hour portrays where I believe the cluster of limit orders to rest.

Bottom line

The bullish case can be put forward on the basis of the 4-hour structure and momentum. However, as in the case of other major pairs, this bias may not last as the USD macro bull run is unlikely to just simply terminate judging by the bigger timeframe trends.

Important Footnotes

Market structure

Markets evolve in cycles followed by a period of distribution and/or accumulation. To understand the principles applied in the assessment of market structures, refer to the tutorial How To Read Market Structures In Forex.


Unlike levels of dynamic support or resistance or more subjective measurements such as fibonacci retracements, pivot points, trendlines, or other forms of reactive areas, the horizontal lines of support and resistance are universal concepts used by the majority of market participants. It, therefore, makes the areas the most widely followed and relevant to monitor. The Ultimate Guide To Identify Areas Of High Interest In Any Market.


It’s important to highlight that the daily market outlook provided in this report is subject to the impact of the fundamental news. Any unexpected news may cause the price to behave erratically in the short term. Monitor the event risks via Forexfactory.com & refer to Fundamentals vs Technicals In Forex.

Projection Targets

The usefulness of the 100% projection resides in the symmetry and harmonic relationships of market cycles. By drawing a 100% projection, you can anticipate the area in the chart where some type of pause and potential reversals in price is likely to occur, due to 1. The side in control of the cycle takes profits 2. Counter-trend positions are added by contrarian players 3. These are price points where limit orders are set by market-makers. You can find out more by reading the tutorial on The Magical 100% Fibonacci Projection

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Ivan Delgado

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