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Trading seasonal patterns in Bonds, today: German Bund Future (FGBL)

July 10, 2019 11:00

Today, we want to look at one of the most active traded markets in the world: the German Bund Future (FGBL). The German Bund is especially interesting right now, after the latest developments around the ECB and in combination with a highly profitable seasonal pattern which occurred over the last 21 years.

On June 18, ECB president Draghi made further monetary stimulus from the ECB a topic at a speech in Sintra/Portugal which resulted in a sharp shift in the markets implied the probability of an ECB rate cut by September from initially 40% on Monday, to 87%.

That said, there seems an obvious willingness from the ECB to push European yields even lower and German yields into even deeper, negative territory.

We want to try to profit from it with a bullish seasonal pattern which developed over the last 21 years during the time span between July 15 through August 12.


Seasonal Pattern in FGBL

The key parameter of this seasonal bullish pattern look as follows: between July 15 and August 12, FGBL saw an average gain of 183 ticks for 16 of the past 21 years.

In the remaining five years, it dropped on average only 83 ticks, while the maximum loss was 176 ticks and the maximum drawdown 315 ticks.

Trade the Seasonal Pattern: #Bund_U9

And now the key question: how could we trade this?

Here's the plan:

  1. After identifying the profitable seasonal window, buy #Bund_U9 on the closing price of the starting date on July 15 (21:59 CET).
  2. Identify the maximum loss within the seasonal period. Then, have a look at the daily chart and the ATR(14) indicator.

    If the maximum loss is above the ATR(14) reading, round it up to the next round number and use it as worst-case-stop.
    If the maximum loss is below the ATR(14) reading, use the ATR(14) as your stop-width (rounded up to the next round number).
  3. Look at the average gain of the seasonal pattern, and place the take profit at this distance from your entry point.
  4. If the trade is not stopped out or it does not reach its take profit within the seasonal period, end the trade market on the closing price on August 12.

Looking at current market data, since the ATR(14) in #Bund_U9 on a daily time frame is currently trading around 60 ticks, while the maximum loss of the window was 176 ticks, our worst-case stop will be placed based on maximum loss 180 pips away from our entry price.

Meanwhile, the average gain of the seasonal pattern is 183 ticks within this period. So, after entering the trade on the closing price of July 15, we would add 183 ticks to get our take profit level.

Source: Admiral Markets MT5 with MT5-SE Add-on #Bund_U9 CFD Daily chart (between March 22, 2018 to July 05, 2019). Accessed: July 05, 2019, at 10:00pm GMT - Please note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, or future performance.

In 2014, the value of the FGBL increased by 12.3%, in 2015, it increased by 1.3%, in 2016 it increased by 3.6%, in 2017 it decreased by 1.5%, in 2018, it increased by 1.1%, meaning that after five years, it was up by 17.9%.

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