RBNZ Cuts, EURO NZD Drops, PIPS Lie Ahead

After moving within a 400-Pip Range since the end of March this year, the EURO NZD has finally broken this boundary with a break of Support following the increase in interest rates by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ). The pair fell by more than 200 Pips within 24 hours of the decision to form a strong bearish candle below the Range, indicating the start of even stronger gains for the Kiwi in weeks to come.


THE RATE CUT

The RBNZ took the decision to raise the official cash rate to 3.25% from 3.00% as it seeks to stave off inflationary pressures that have begun to threaten the economy. In justifying the move, RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler stated that it was important that inflation expectations remain contained and that interest rates return to a more neutral level. Naturally, in an environment of homogeneous interest rate policy among the major central banks, the increase led to strong demand for the Kiwi against several of its counterparts including the US Dollar, the Aussie Dollar and the Great British Pound. Continued strengthening is expected for the Kiwi against these currencies, but the setup against the Euro appears to be very promising right now for aggressive Swing/Weekly Range traders.


RANGE BREAKOUT

Looking at the chart below, we can see the bear candle that closed below the Support level following the rate decision. This is the type of signal that traders look for to open a position for a strong breakout, especially when it is sync with the existing direction of the trend.


DAILY CHART- EURO NZD BREAKOUT





















Most traders would probably starting entering short at this point, with the Stop Loss placed above the Support which would now act as Resistance to protect the trade. Entering early often gives traders a good opening price in case the market moves quickly in the expected direction. However, there is always the possibility of an unexpected reversal known as a False Breakout whenever we have a breakout signal from Consolidation. 

Given this possibility and the fact that the last candle led to the Weekly Range of the pair being reached (see Trade Manual), it would be better to wait until another bearish signal appears after a brief pause or rally that tests the Support.


DAILY CHART - EURO NZD - POTENTIAL PULLBACK TEST



















This pause/test can either take the form of a rally followed by a strong U-Turn or a move sideways to form a small consolidation before breaking short. If either scenario unfolds, the ultimate target for this new downtrend would be 1,4855 -the Breakout Equivalent of the Consolidation (see Trade Manual). Along the way, several areas of past Support will be hit, allowing for short-term profit-taking as well.



Let's be patient, see what unfolds and take advantage of profitable setups when they appear.




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Duane Shepherd 
(M.Sc. Economics, B.Sc. Management and Economics)
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