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USD/CAD: Managing A Trade In The Green

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

Earlier this week I recommended a short trade in the USD/CAD. After some initial heat, it has performed fairly well. Now, the big question is whether or not to stay in for the FED announcement or to shut it down and move on.

USD/CADUSD/CAD Daily Chart

This trade could have been executed according to a scalping strategy or a longer-term position methodology. The initial attempt at a short 1:1 scalp from 1.2290 proved unsuccessful, as a bullish sweep ran price to 1.2337. Subsequent attempts were successful but tough to diagnose.

However, the longer-term short position is still valid and has produced a max of 55 pips profit. Currently, the USD/CAD is trading around +40 pips and there is a trade management decision to make. Here are the viable alternatives:

  • Take profits now, short of a 1:1 R/R

  • Move stop loss to breakeven, 1.2290

  • Move stop loss above Tuesday’s session high at 1.2309

  • Stay the course, stop loss at 1.2362 profit target at 1.2218

Bottom Line: This is a good position to be in. A profitable trade gives us many options to maximize profitability moving forward.

I am a big fan of racking profits when they become available. This trade took some serious heat right after entry. Walking away from it with a nice profit ahead of pending volatility is an attractive alternative in my mind.

Ultimately, trade management decisions fall upon the personal preference of the trader. Just be aware that anything can happen as we approach the scheduled FED release. Depending upon the market fundamentals, the USD/CAD may fall or rise definitively.

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About the author

Shain Vernier // US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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