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The Financial Stability Board, a watchdog that advises the G20 finance ministers, has set up a task force to recommend reforms of the forex market. As a result, the window in which the daily 4pm fix is calculated has been extended from one minute to five minutes. This makes it harder to manipulate.
In deciding which pair or pairs to trade, it would behoove the new trader to first decide which type of trader they wish to become: a long-term Trend trader or a short-term Range trader. Making this decision first helps simply because once this decision is made, traders can then better evaluate an individual pair to determine if the pair fits their trading style.
The euro/U.S. dollar (EUR/USD) currency pair looks set to close higher for the fourth consecutive week. That sounds impressive. But to put things into perspective, it has been trading inside a narrow range between 1.05 and 1.08 for much of this year. The 300 or so pip range is nothing to get excited over. But then this is the EUR/USD we are talking about. It hasn't exactly moved much since early 2015. Nevertheless, there's no doubt about which group of market participants have been in control this month, and, in fact, quarter.