Trade Interest Rate Differentials

By selling currencies whose country has a lower interest rate against currencies whose country has a higher interest rate, you can profit from the interest rate differential (known as a carry trade) as well as price appreciation.

That’s like being able to get a frosted cupcake with sprinkles on top! That talks to you! Imagine how delicious that would taste!

Interest Rate Differential Cupcake

Currency crosses offer many pairs with high interest rate differentials that are prime for these types of trades.

AUD/JPY on a steady uptrend due to high interest rate differential

For example, take a look at the nice uptrend on AUD/JPY. If you had a long position on this pair, you would’ve made a hefty profit.

On top of that, the interest rate differential between AUD and JPY was huge. From 2002 to 2007, the Reserve Bank of Australia had raised rates to 6.25% while the BOJ kept their rates at 0%.

That means you made profits off your long position AND the interest rate differential on that trade!

Now that’d be an awesome cash cow right there!

Interest Rate Differential Cash Cow
Later on in college (if your brain hasn’t exploded with all this forex knowledge by then), we’ll teach you more about carry trade. We’ll teach you which ones will work and which ones won’t. We’ll even teach you about a lil’ something called risk aversion. But that’s for a later lesson.

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  1. What is a Currency Cross Pair?
  2. Why Trade Currency Crosses?
  3. Currency Crosses Are Trend-y
  4. Trade Interest Rate Differentials
  5. Be Careful Trading Obscure Currency Crosses
  6. How to Trade Fundamentals With Currency Crosses
  7. How to Trade a Synthetic Currency Pair and Why You Probably Shouldn't
  8. Trading the Euro and Yen Crosses
  9. How to Use Currency Crosses to Trade the Majors
  10. How Cross Currency Pairs Affect Dollar Pairs
  11. Summary: Currency Crosses