Currency Strength Meter

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“As traders, we should never stop learning, because the markets are never going to stop teaching. Continuing to learn is a vital part of becoming a better trader.” – Track ‘n Trade

You may have heard that FX trading is all about combining strong currencies with weak currencies. Well, this is the home truth. In fact, this is what currency trading is all about, and the Currency Strength Meter helps us do this as easily as possible, while you are adequately rewarded.

Currency Strength Meter – What You Need to Know
The currency strength meter at LiveCharts gives you a quick visual guide to which currencies are currently strong, and which ones are weak. The meter measures the strength of all Forex cross pairs and applies calculations on them to determine the overall strength for each individual currency.

How Does The Currency Strength Meter Work?
The meter takes readings from every Forex pair over the last 24 hours, and applies calculations to each. It then bundles together each the associated pairs to an individual currency (eg, EURUSD, EURJPY, EURGBP etc) and finds the current strength.

How Can This Help Me?
It is useful as a quick guide to which currencies you might want to trade, and which might be worth staying away from. For instance, if a certain currency is very strong, and another suddenly turns weaker, you may find a trading opportunity. Such deviation between pairs usually indicates momentum. Conversely, if two currencies are weak, strong or average strength, there is often a range or sideways movement happening. You might want to stay away from trading those pairs. (Source: LiveCharts)

Bringing It Together
There are many ways in which currency strength information is displayed (like figures display, bars displays, etc.), but LiveCharts makes uses of rectangular bars.

The strongest currency would display six rectangular bars on top of it.
The weakest currency would display only one rectangular bar on top of it.
The second strongest currency would display five rectangular bars on top of it.
The second weakest currency would display two rectangular bars on top of it.
The uppermost rectangular bar on top of the strongest currency is green, while the only rectangular bar above the weakest currency is red.

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Looking at the CSM, the best thing to do is to combine the strongest currency with the weakest currency for the best result. Sometimes, we may combine the strongest currency with the second weakest currency (or the second strongest currency to the weakest currency).

In a given day, all currencies with four or three bars on top of them would be avoided.
Also, these are what we do not want to do:
Combination of one strongest currency with another strongest currency,
Combination of the weakest currency with another weakest currency,
Combination of one second strongest currency with another second strongest currency,
And combination of one second weakest currency with another second weakest currency.

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The quote below ends the article:

“When I follow my rules, good things happen. When I don't follow them, bad things happen.” - James Altucher
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