Technical Analysis of Major Forex Currencies


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Technical Analysis of Major Forex Currencies

Technical analysis of major Forex currencies tends to be more accurate and more profitable than that of minor currencies. This is largely because the major currencies trade in higher volume. Technical analysis of major Forex currencies is germane because these currencies trade one versus another whereas many minor currencies only trade versus the US dollar. When dealing with often volatile foreign currency rates the trader needs to make an accurate assessment of the market. This makes technical analysis of major Forex currencies essential.

Major Forex Currencies

The major Forex currencies are as follow:

• United States Dollar, USD
• Euro, EUR
• British Pound, GBP
• Yen, YEN
• Swiss franc, CHF
• Canadian Dollar, CAD
• Australian Dollar, AUD

These currencies are most traded and are tied to strong economies. Because of their high trading volume technical analysis of major Forex currencies tends to be much more accurate and more likely to lend profits to Forex technical strategies than with minor currency pairs.
Here are the top fifteen currencies by percentage of transactions in which they are traded.

Because there are two Forex currencies in a pair every trade has two currencies and every hundred trades has two hundred currencies represented. Thus the above table tallies up to 200 percent. As the above table demonstrates eighty-five percent of all Forex trades include the US dollar. Thirty-nine percent include the Euro. The Yen and British Pound follow at nineteen and thirteen percent respectively. This is not surprising as the USA and the Euro Zone are the world’s two largest economies and are responsible for the two largest portions of world trade. Because high volume leads to more accurate technical analysis the best technical analysis of major Forex currencies should be when trading the USD, EUR, YEN, and GBP, against each other. Although currency strength is decided by employment rates, monetary policy, balance of payments, and the like, technical analysis of Forex pairs focuses on evolving market sentiment and give traders the most up to date information as to where the market will go next. In Forex trading the Euro versus the USD, YEN, or other currencies technical analysis gives the astute trader an advantage in the markets.

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Technical Analysis of Major Forex Currencies

  1. 1. Top Fifteen Currencies by Percent of Daily Trades, 2010 Data Currency Percent of Daily Trades US Dollar 85 Euro 39 Yen 19 British Pound 13 Australian Dollar 8 Swiss franc 6 Canadian Dollar 5 Hong Kong Dollar 2 Swedish Krona 2 New Zealand Dollar 2 South Korean Won 2 Singapore Dollar 1 Norwegian Krone 1 Mexican Peso 1 Indian Rupee 1