What is Forex Calendar Trading Patterns?

If you are not new to the forex world, you would probably know that to earn profit and be consistent, you have to bit other traders and need to stay ahead of them. The foremost thing for this is to be updated with world news and events which can affect the forex market. You also have to give sufficient time and effort to analyze and understand these events that can significantly impact various currencies. Though with time and experience, this task becomes easy and quick.

Experienced forex players also utilize such global events in their favor by taking thoughtful market moves. As a result, they predict any changes in the forex realm even before the news is officially announced.

Yeah, you are correct. Not every movie can be accurate, but there is no guarantee in the market, right? Financial markets are dynamic and moody. You have to understand it thoroughly to know its mood swings.

A forex calendar or an economic calendar is a schedule that shows important dates and pre-decided events that will happen in the year, which would have a significant impact on the markets. It can impact only a few or major currency pairs or impact the entire forex market. The good news is that most trading websites provide such calendars for free. Forex calendar helps traders update with the crucial news, events, and statements or reports being released worldwide. Using a forex calendar ensures that a trader gets important information on economic and non-economic indicators. Based on that, it can predict the market movement, current market trends, and much more with ease.

This article will not discuss the daily economic calendar; we will analyze long-term cycles and seasonality from the book  Forex Calendar Trading Patterns.

Forex Calendar Trading Patterns

Forex calendar trading patterns are trading patterns, systematic movement of a security’s price during a period of time,  which traders can detect using foreign exchange seasonality.

These patterns are represented in the book “Opportunities in Forex Calendar Trading Patterns” and John Forman’s lectures.

In the video below, traders can watch a summary of the book :

Forex calendar trading patterns can be analyzed as seasonality by trading day, week, or month (learn more about the number of trading days in the year.). For example, the frequency of up or down based on the day in the week is different. The beginning of the month (the first 7 days), based on range theory, is important in the determination of the whole month because if the highest high or lowest low from the monthly opening range is broken, there is a high chance that the month will be bullish/bearish.
The same thing is if we analyze the yearly opening. The first several days in January can predict the whole year or the first 6 months. Of course, we are talking about a 52%-55% probability based on currency pair.

Let us see the EURUSD example. Last 25 years, if we buy EURUSD above 5 daily moving average in December and sell EURUSD below 5 daily moving average in January, we can gain profit (344 pips from 1997 till 2014 by John Forman). EURUSD tends to be bullish in December and bearish in January based on seasonality analysis.

You can learn more about seasonality if you read COT reports.

Forex Calendar Trading Patterns or seasonality patterns can be used either in a long-term investment or swing trading. Probabilities are small but can increase the efficiency of trading performance.



Igor has been a trader since 2007. Currently, Igor works for several prop trading companies. He is an expert in financial niche, long-term trading, and weekly technical levels. The primary field of Igor's research is the application of machine learning in algorithmic trading. Education: Computer Engineering and Ph.D. in machine learning. Igor regularly publishes trading-related videos on the Fxigor Youtube channel. To contact Igor write on: igor@forex.in.rs

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