FOMC July Meeting A Non-Event For Traders?

We welcome you to this new trading week which will be the last one before our summer trading break (2/8/ -20/8/21).

This week’s key event risk will be Wednesday’s Federal Reserve policy decision but traders should not expect too much from the July FOMC meeting as it falls between the June FOMC which brings new economic projections (SEP) and the August meeting in Jackson Hole. The July meeting is therefore typically “overlooked” with investors shifting their focus to the central bank’s August 26-28 annual policy retreat in Jackson Hole, where the Fed is likely to hint at tapering.

There are no published FOMC forecasts this meeting and with Fed Chair Jerome Powell recently indicating that slowing stimulus is too early, the Fed may discuss its tapering plans but is not expected to make a formal announcement at this time. For traders, the FOMC meeting could thus prove to be a non-event in terms of big market moves.

Fresh signals from the Fed (and thus bigger market moves) are expected either at the Aug. 26-28 policy retreat in Jackson Hole or at the Sept. 21-22 FOMC meeting.

GBP/USD: More upside potential might be in store for this pair but we expect the 1.3830-50 region to serve as a short-term resistance. A break above 1.39, however, could open the door for a run towards 1.40. Below 1.3650, the focus shifts towards 1.35.

EUR/USD: As long as price action remains muted in this pair, we continue to watch out for a price range between 1.1850 and 1.17.

DAX: We keep an eye on the price range between 15900 and 15000. A sustained break above 15900 could open the door for a run for 16250. On the downside, a break below 15000 could see a next lower target at 14800.

Summer is in the markets and given a lower-liquidity backdrop across many markets during the summer months the potential for range-bound conditions is high. We therefore recommend traders staying on the sidelines during these low-liquidity periods, taking a break from the markets and adjusting risk exposure. The next major risk event will be later in the summer with the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium August 26-28.

We will take our annual summer trading break from August 2 to August 20 but we adjusted risk exposure even in the month of July.

We wish you good trades!

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