Forex Watchlist: USD/CHF’s Symmetrical Triangle

Anyone else looking for dollar trades after this week’s FOMC event? I found a possible forex trade opportunity on USD/CHF!

Was this week’s FOMC meeting minutes confusing or what! No, seriously. What’s up with the mixed signals?!

If you were around during the Fed’s minutes release, then you’ll know that the majority of Janet Yellen’s gang have decided to wait around for more data before making plans for a rate hike. Not cool, especially since FOMC members such as Dudley and Lockhart have hinted they they see at least one interest rate increase this year.

In any case, yesterday’s economic release brought the dollar down across the board, enough to drag USD/CHF down to the .9600 area. Interestingly, the major psychological level (MaPs) lines up pretty well with a rising trend line that makes up a symmetrical triangle on the daily chart. What’s more, stochastic is also about to hit the oversold levels.

USD/CHF: Daily Forex Chart

USD/CHF: Daily Forex Chart

As the School of Pipsology tells us, symmetrical triangles like this one can break in either direction. If the dollar holders continue to unwind their rate hike expectations this year, then we’ll probably see a downside break for the pair. On the other hand, if the Greenback gains back (hey, it rhymes!) its momentum, or if risk aversion dominates the markets, then the bulls just might jump in and place their long trades.

What do you think? Will USD/CHF break its trend line anytime soon? Or does the pair have enough room to bounce along the triangle some more before choosing a direction?



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  • Kohalagolf

    What did you use for setting the trend lines (i.e. what was the criteria)?

    • Hi, Kohalagolf!

      Thanks for reading my post! I just connected the higher lows and lower highs and spotted a triangle. I’d like to consider them as “areas” rather than strict levels to place my orders on. Hope this helps! 🙂