lower volatility on forex pairs

Discussion in 'Forex' started by darmasdt, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. darmasdt


    pardon me,
    im a newbie in this forum.
    does anyone notice a much smaller volatility in forex' intraday behavior ?
    when i place a 300 or 500 bar average true range on 15minute charts of eurusd, gbpusd, usdchf, usdjpy, they are declining a lot since november 2006.
    what may cause this ?
    is it a more stable global economy ?
    more liquidity in the spot market ?
    less liquidity ?
    please advice.
    thank you. :) :)
  2. It's natural. Volatility goes up and down in cycles. Since November, you're right, it has come down some, especially in certain pairs. But it will rise again as we move to new congestion levels as economies and interest rates change...
  3. darmasdt


    TrueStory, thank you for your relieving answer.
    I run a volatility-dependent system, and I have less-frequent trades these days. I start to worry about the market, will it move more in the future, more volatility like the past time..
    I'm not quite understand the correlation between market's liquidity and volatility. There must be some correlation, but is it negatively or positively correlated ?
    Thank you.. :):)
  4. I believe the relationship between liquidity and volatility is too dependent on other factors to be easily defined. It also depends on whether you're looking at short-term or longer-term volatility.
  5. darmasdt


    Ive been exploiting short term volatility for mechanical system design, but has never been learning what fundamental factors do determine volatility.
    Could anyone please point me where to look at this, any books or other resources ? Thank you so much. :)
  6. yeah...it's like this...what picture am I being presented? right?

  7. darmasdt


    I found this report from Bank of International Settlement The report can be downloaded from this link (pdf).

    My observation on this change in market bahavior is confirmed in the report:

    The evidence presented in this Report shows that over the period from mid-2004 to March 2006 the volatility of short-term and long-term interest rates, stocks, exchange rates and corporate spreads has been generally low relative to the previous five to 10 years in both industrial countries and emerging market economies (EMEs). However, if the sample period is extended back to the last two to three decades, for which daily data are available, other periods in which volatility reached similar low levels can be observed. The exception is represented by the volatility of short-term interest rates, which has reached its lowest level for 20 years in all the main currency areas.

    Regarding the possible causes of this are:

    The sharp decline of financial volatility witnessed over the last few years may have benefited from increased liquidity of financial markets. Since this concept is not easy to operationalise, it is useful to look at several indicators.
    Throughout the sample the turnover of stock markets has increased considerably, and now stands almost everywhere around the highest levels since 1990. In the foreign exchange markets volumes were virtually flat over the period 2000-02, but since 2003 an upward trend has emerged.
    In recent years financial innovation and the rise of new classes of financial institutions, combined with a change in the trading behaviour of traditional institutional investors, have contributed to increasing market liquidity.

    And something more interesting is this part:

    A key issue is whether the current low level of volatility is a permanent new feature of financial markets or only a temporary phenomenon. The results suggest that important drivers of the volatility reduction seem to be structural, and may therefore have a permanent effect on volatility.

    So ? Less volatility. Smoother charts ? My quick guess is this: trend following strategy may perform better on lower timeframe.