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TRY, BRL, ZAR, RUB: advantages of exotics
2021-01-21 • Updated
Here are the main exotic currencies offered by FBS in MetaTrader: the Turkish lira, Brazilian real, Mexican Peso, Russian Ruble, South African Rand.
Most of them are regional, relatively weak currencies. That’s why, against the USD, they can’t do anything but depreciate – for years. That brings mane advantages to you as a trader - here you go with the reasons why you'd want to look at exotics.
Advantage 1: predictability.
Normally, you have a stable long-term uptrend in exotics pairs.
Therefore, fundamentally, all you have to do is to watch the Central Bank’s actions towards their respective currencies – that’s the only thing that makes the USD less aggressive against its exotic peers.
For example, the monthly chart of USD/TRY below shows a steady uptrend the pair has been in for the entire period of observation. The few downturn periods were mostly a result of the Turkish Central Bank’s action.
Advantage 2: similarity.
Exotic pairs have very similar price performances.
Therefore, it’s easy to predict the move of one by observing the other one.
Have a look: USD/MXN and USD/ZAR have almost identical charts below.
Do you think it only applies to high timeframes? Observe the H4. The larger setting is different as the Moving Averages show but the price action is very similar.
Advantage 3: MA-s usefulness.
The price performance of exotics is easy to be analyzed with Moving Averages.
On the below H1 chart, USDMXN trades right below the 50-MA so you don’t have to invent your own resistance zones. Similarly, on the H4 chart of USD/RUB, the price trades below the 100-MA and 50-MA regularly tipping above it and diving downwards again.
Advantage 4: potential profitability.
Due to their weakness, exotics are often volatile – hence, potentially profitable.
Just look at that USD/RUB chart – how many swings it did, and how much benefit you could get, especially if scalping is what you like.
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