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Non Farm Payroll, NFP days, are well known for surprises and violent whipsaws.

False break outs are either the bain of the Forex traders life or one of the best trading opportunities available. I go with the latter view, I'm seldom comfortable with breakouts as there is a very high probability of false breaks so I like to be on the look out for failing breakouts as the probability of a move against the previous trend is higher.

Trader Vic, Victor Sperendeo, detailed the 2B false break in his 1991 book 'Trader Vic, Methods of a Wall Street Master' Take a look at the picture below.

This is how to trade them, see the chart and desciption below....

1. Draw a horizontal line at the most immediate high (or low) that is followed by at least one corrective candle that didn't go higher (lower). 2. The candle that makes the next new break out high is marked up with a horizontal line at its lowest point (high). 3. If price now comes back, I want to be selling when the next candle moves lower. Manage the trade in the usual way with scaling out to ensure a profit doesn't become a loss.

 

From the blog

Buy the rumour, sell the fact

Has it all been over cooked? The Trump US$ rally seems to have kicked off on the basis that his policies will be inflationary and so interest rates will have to rise. Added to this, the Fed has been telling us all year there will be at least a modest rate increase. Next Wednesday 14th is the last opportunity the Fed and Janet Yellen have to do the deed, consequently the market is convinced it's a done deal and priced it in with the Trump rally.

But the TMEST swing chart is suggesting the dollar rally could be rolling over. So we had best trade what we see and not what we think, or have been told to think!

Markets have a habit of rising on rumours of good news and then promptly reversing when it's actually announced, as further expectations of good news slip away. Perhaps the market is coming to the idea that the US economy, talked up over the last year is just that, talk.

If Trump is to boost the economy it's not going to happen instantly. Any delays, and if the US economy actually turns out to be weak at the start of 2017, could result in what usually happens in the year following a two term presidency. Recession.

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