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AUDUSD: Potential 2618 Play on the Aussie Dollar

FX:AUDUSD   Australian Dollar/U.S. Dollar
The less dovish than expected tone from the RBA last week, stating the exchange rate was still overvalued but failing to give any mention of a time scale for further rate cuts, made me less bearish than I was on this pair. On top of that, the FOMC minutes highlighted concerns about hiking interest rates too soon, creating some buying pressure. Last week was therefore a net gainer and all in all I would say that for now, the steep downtrend has started to fatigue; with the last five months seeing it lose a staggering 1.580 pips.

This does not mean I have gone bullish on the Aussie Dollar, far from it. Price is currently sitting at a level (784-ish) where all buying interest has ebbed away for the last two weeks straight and the latest attempt to break it failed again last Friday. As a result, we may now have a basic reversal price pattern developing on the 30M timeframe: a double top . This trade idea is about the possibility of trading that pattern. I am describing the most conservative play here (known as the 2618 trade), with the most conformation possible.

The scenario is depended on a number of steps happening before entering the trade and as such its a true “if… then… scenario”. A double top is a double top if the wick of the second meets at least the candle close of the first, while the candle close of the second does not exceed the wick of the first. In other words, PA tried to make a higher high, but failed. This retest of resistance with less strength also follows from the regular bearish RSI divergence at the second top.

We need the following steps to occur before entering a trade: (1) price breaks below and closes below the neckline, (2) price retraces back up, until 618 retracement of the prior leg down and (3) price stalls, stops and reverses at this retracement level. In that case, SL goes behind swings high of the tops. TP1 = structure level where the retracement started, TP2 = 1272 extension of prior leg down. In terms of trade management, when TP1 is hit I would take profit on 1 position and roll my stop loss to breakeven, enjoying a risk free trade hunting for TP2.

There are 42 pips to be made (if this pair follows all the steps in the script) and the trade has a reward – risk ratio of 2.0!

UPDATE: There is good news and bad news on this one. The good news: most of the analysis was correct. We did have a double top , a reversal did happen and price did break the neckline and hit both profit targets. The bad news: my conservative entry technique kept me from profiting of the first leg down, since the drop happened too fast to enter and there was no retracement before the profit targets were hit. I did go short, after PA finally made a 500 retracement that aligned perfectly with the neckline (that served as resistance) and made 49 pips on the second leg down (which was a 1272 extension of the prior leg down). Since then we had a third leg down, which I did not trade. I left some money on the table, but the trade was profitable.
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Well done Jasper
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Thanks for the compliment. Hope the description was helpful in some way.
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UPDATE: There is good news and bad news on this one. The good news: most of the analysis was correct. We did have a double top, a reversal did happen and price did break the neckline and hit both profit targets. The bad news: my conservative entry technique kept me from profiting of the first leg down, since the drop happened too fast to enter and there was no retracement before the profit targets were hit. I did go short, after PA finally made a 500 retracement that aligned perfectly with the neckline (that served as resistance) and made 49 pips on the second leg down (which was a 1272 extension of the prior leg down). Since then we had a third leg down, which I did not trade. I left some money on the table, but the trade was profitable.
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Ahmer JasperForex
If you don't mind can you please tell me where to find information about 2618, How does it work?
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I found the info a few months ago on the website of Trade Empowered, a training company that I don't particularly endorse (have never taken a course by them) but this was useful and free information and its part of my playbook. If you google them I am sure you will find it.
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IvanLabrie PRO JasperForex
All that matters! Nice going Jasper.
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Thank you! Pips = pips.
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There is a nice confluence zone around 0.7900 - 0.7880,
That area a is very strong resistance and 0.618 fib retracement level from previous bearish move suggest that any short signal at this level might encourage potential sell orders.
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Yes I just had a look at it, agreed 100% that would also be a good level short from.
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Ahmer JasperForex
Thats what i was talking about.
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