CAD/JPY failed a major resistance level at 90 and has edged out an obvious intermediate-term downtrend (Fig 1). USD/CAD is also bouncing off a major support at 1.0200 (Fig. 2). And crude oil is below \$80 on a slippery slope. As such, shorting loonie seems like a good move at the moment according to my FTC trading setup. Yet, here is why I am opting to short CAD/JPY and not long the more popular USD/CAD currency pair. Figure 3 shows a 5-year, weekly chart of CAD/JPY (top) and USD/CAD (bottom). Evidently, the exchange rate of CAD/JPY is still in a depressed mode since the fall of September 2008. It's also clear on this chart that why I say 90 is a major resistance level. Beside from being a nice round number, CAD/JPY has failed to break above 90 twice since August 2009. As for USD/CAD, the picture isn't as clear. 1.0200 is definitely a very strong support because it marks the top of a 6-month range in the first half of 2008. Yet, the downward slope in the long term since 2005 is not to be ignored. As such, I do not dare to bet on a bounce on this pair at this price. Moreover, the intermediate-term move on both of these pair is giving us a confirmation. CAD/JPY is now testing a falling trendling (Fig. 1). Whereas USD/CAD is testing a falling support. Thus, I am shorting CAD/JPY under pressure. Going long on USD/CAD now would be like betting it to bounce on a slippery slope.
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