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August No Ordinary Month For GBPJPY

20 August 2018 By Adam Taylor


As Brexit concerns continue to weigh heavy on Pound Sterling crosses, there’s not much to discuss from a technical perspective. Evidence of an overall bearishness sentiment dominates the charts with a few corrective moves thrown in for good measure.

However, sifting through the layers of Sterling sameness, I uncovered something interesting relating to the GBPJPY, which might provide some trading opportunities longer-term.

First, taking a look at a daily chart above, notice we are hovering around the same price region as we were in August last year. Could this mean the pair is due for a change in direction? Perhaps. What I find more intriguing is that for the past five years, August has been predominantly bearish for the GBPJPY pair when compared to other months. This seasonality chart from Bloomberg shows this more clearly.

So how does this relate to longer-term trading opportunities?

If we are to believe that August is typically a bearish month, then we would be naturally inclined to seek short trades, and according to the point and figure chart below, I think I may have found one. Keep in mind that the seasonality data also suggests recoveries into December so we would need to trade with care.

The bearish resistance line suggests we are currently in a downtrend with an increase in supply triggering a bearish trade signal as the price broke through the triple bottom support at 144.50.

At present, I am watching two downside targets should the fall in price exacerbate. These levels are located at 140.00 and 136.00 respectively. Alternatively, any upside move will need to re-test the 144.50 area which should act as resistance and also a rally above 146.00 to consider revising the overall trend.

Finally, if we study the short-term price action above on the hourly chart, it would seem the 100 Day Moving Average line in blue is helping to cap any bullish activity. The only time it has successfully managed to punch above the 100 MA this month has been to test the weekly pivot lines in black.

If you are interested in other GBP analysis, I recently posted an article on GBPAUD here which I believe is another potential long-term opportunity. For both these ideas, much will depend on Brexit certainty and how global trade talks progress in the coming weeks.


By Adam Taylor CFTe

This article is written by a GO Markets Analyst and is based on their independent analysis. They remain fully responsible for the views expressed as well as any remaining error or omissions. Trading Forex and Derivatives carries a high level of risk.

Sources: Tradingview, Bloomberg

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