Forex Volatility

The following table represent the currency's daily variation measured in Pip, in $ and in % with a size of contract at $ 100'000. You have to define the period to calculate the average of the volatility. It could be interesting to trade the pair which offer the best volatility.

Formula : Variation = Average (Higher - Lower)

Pair Trend pips $ %
AUDCAD - 47.574 361.83 0.53
AUDCHF - 41.67 429.06 0.63
AUDHKD - 297.802 383.16 0.56
AUDJPY - 52.381 479.15 0.7
AUDNZD - 39.984 263.97 0.39
AUDSGD - 42.619 315.46 0.46
AUDUSD - 37.33 373.3 0.55
CADCHF - 38.934 400.89 0.53
CADHKD - 226.826 291.84 0.38
CADJPY - 47.735 436.65 0.57
CADSGD - 35.084 259.69 0.34
CHFHKD - 352.326 453.31 0.44
CHFJPY - 50.722 463.98 0.45
CHFZAR - 1642.38 1138.49 1.11
EURAUD - 78.962 538.76 0.49
EURCAD - 61.642 468.83 0.43
EURCHF - 38.7 398.48 0.36
EURCZK - 694.94 304.62 0.28
EURDKK - 14.354 21.18 0.02
EURGBP - 58.021 758.74 0.69
EURHKD - 348.89 448.89 0.41
EURHUF - 157.586 516.73 0.47
EURJPY - 61.794 565.26 0.51
EURNOK - 501.7 554.61 0.5
EURNZD - 91.35 603.09 0.55
EURPLN - 149.842 388.14 0.35
EURSEK - 495.16 517.17 0.47
EURSGD - 51.488 381.11 0.35
EURTRY - 412.292 693.41 0.63
EURUSD - 43.722 437.22 0.4
EURZAR - 1623.56 1125.45 1.02
GBPAUD - 148.594 1013.86 0.78
GBPCAD - 129.748 986.83 0.75
GBPCHF - 101.21 1042.11 0.8
GBPHKD - 788.46 1014.45 0.78
GBPJPY - 123.87 1133.1 0.87
GBPNZD - 159.96 1056.06 0.81
GBPPLN - 379.032 981.82 0.75
GBPSGD - 125.852 931.55 0.71
GBPUSD - 100.268 1002.68 0.77
GBPZAR - 2114.68 1465.89 1.12
HKDJPY - 572.14 52.34 0.41
NZDCAD - 49.901 379.53 0.57
NZDCHF - 42.156 434.06 0.66
NZDHKD - 307.222 395.28 0.6
NZDJPY - 52.377 479.12 0.73
NZDSGD - 46.355 343.12 0.52
NZDUSD - 39.085 390.85 0.59
SGDCHF - 31.14 320.63 0.43
SGDHKD - 132.098 169.96 0.23
SGDJPY - 37.051 338.92 0.46
TRYJPY - 14.042 128.45 0.76
USDCAD - 48.678 370.23 0.37
USDCHF - 42.926 441.99 0.44
USDCNH - 248.514 358.46 0.36
USDCZK - 1136.32 498.1 0.5
USDDKK - 264.202 389.78 0.39
USDHKD - 69.448 89.35 0.09
USDHUF - 194.85 638.92 0.64
USDINR - 34.196 479.81 0.48
USDJPY - 43.042 393.72 0.39
USDMXN - 1223.52 649.78 0.65
USDNOK - 549.634 607.6 0.61
USDPLN - 214.49 555.6 0.56
USDSAR - 4.51 12.02 0.01
USDSEK - 567.438 592.66 0.59
USDSGD - 27.288 201.98 0.2
USDTHB - 9.222 301.77 0.3
USDTRY - 332.086 558.51 0.56
USDZAR - 1515.7 1050.68 1.05
ZARJPY - 9.022 82.53 1.19
XAUUSD - 1395.14 0 0

EURUSD

The volatility calculated on this page is called Average true range (ATR). It is calculated by taking the average of the difference between the highest and the lowest of each day over a given period.
For example, with this method, let's calculate the volatility of the Euro dollar over three days with the following data

  • First day: The Euro Dollar marks a low point at 1.3050 and a high point at 1.3300
  • Second day: EURUSD varies between 1.3100 and 1.3300
  • Third day: the low point is 1.3200 and the high point is 1.3350

The Highest - Lowest difference over the three days is 250pips, 200pips and 150pips, or an average of 200pips. We will say that the volatility over the period is 200 pips on average.

The volatility is used to evaluate the potential for variation of a currency pair. For example, for intraday trading, it may appear more interesting to choose a pair which offers high volatility. Another use may be as an aid to fix the levels of objective or stop-loss, to place an intraday objective at 2 or 3 times the volatility may be a risky strategy; conversely, one may estimate that an objective of at least one times the volatility has more chance of being achieved.

Case studies

I wish to buy the Euro Dollar for an intraday trade at 1.3200. My objective is 100 pips. At the time when I want to open my trade, the low point for the day was 1.3100 and the average volatility is 150 pips, which means that on average one can estimate that the high point could be close to 1.3100+150 pips = 1.3250. Now my objective is 1.3300, or 50 pips above. In this case, my analysis shows that the EURUSD seems likely to have a stronger variation than on the previous days; I can open my position and maintain as my intraday objective 1.3300. However, if the rate shows no exceptional variation one may estimate that the objective will probably not be achieved during the day, which does not invalidate my analysis but defers my timing.

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