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Forex Pairs Correlation: Avoiding Contradictory Trades

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FX:GBPUSD   British Pound / U.S. Dollar
Hello, in this post I will be talking about Forex Pair Correlations. A problem new traders frequently find themselves in is opening/having positions that are contradictory. I will elaborate on that but for now, let's understand first what correlation is. A correlation is a statistical relationship which means that when A moves a certain way, B will move a certain way. The stronger the correlation, the more likely that the price will move along with each other/opposite of each other. There are 2 types of correlation; Positive correlation which is A and B will move together, and negative correlation which is A and B will move opposite of each other. Now that we understand what correlations are, I can address the problem that new traders have. Contradictory positions: For example, having a long position in GPBUSD and a short position in GBPJPY is contradictory since these 2 pair has a 87.5% correlation which means 87.5% of the time, it will move together. As you can see in the graph, when the GPBUSD (Blue) moves up, GBPJPY (Orange) moves up and vice versa. This applies to moving down as well. GBPUSD (Blue) and AUDNZD (Yellow) is an example of a negative correlation (-69.7%). My recommendation to avoid having these problems is if you do not yet have an understanding of which pairs will move up and down together, check this website: https://www.myfxbook.com/en/forex-market... This website will show you every pair and its correlation. Of course, there are some exceptions to when contradictory trades are fine like when hedging against each other or when 1 trade is short-term/intraday/scalping, looking at the smaller trends and the other one is swing trading/position trading looking at the bigger trend. However, I do not recommend new traders to hold/open contradictory trades until they have some confidence in what they are doing.

Main points:
1. A correlation is a statistical relationship which means that when A moves a certain way, B will move a certain way.
2. Positive relationship = Pairs will move the same way.
3. Negative relationship = Pairs will move the opposite way.
4. New traders should avoid contradictory trades.
5. Website for checking correlations: https://www.myfxbook.com/en/forex-market...

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Thanks, I noticed this happening a while ago
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AresFx elvisnrtawiah
@elvisnrtawiah, You're welcome, best wishes to your trade!
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