EUR/USD Forecast Poll

Valeria Bednarik

EUR/USD: Get ready for a volatile week

  • Growth-related data and the ECB’s decision could bring the pair back to life next week.
  • Lingering inflation becomes a concern on both shores of the Atlantic.
  • EUR/USD is losing bullish potential and could soon reach fresh 2021 lows.
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The FXStreet Forecast Poll about EUR/USD (Euro US Dollar) is a sentiment tool that highlights our selected experts' near and medium term mood and calculates trends according to Friday's 15:00 GMT price.

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How to Read the Forecast Poll charts

Overview

This chart informs about the average forecast prices, and also how close (or far apart) sit the numbers from all participants surveyed that week. The bigger a bubble on the chart means more participants targeting a certain price level in that particular time horizon. This distribution also tells if there is unanimity (or disparity) among participants.


Bias

Each participant's bias is calculated automatically based on the week's close price and recent volatility. Drawing from those results, this chart calculates the distribution of bullish, bearish, and sideways forecast prices from all participants, informing about sentiment extremes, as well levels of indecision reflected in the number of “sideways”.


Averages

By displaying three central tendency measures (mean, median, and mode), you can know if the average forecast is being skewed by any outlier among the poll participants.

shifted price

In this chart, the close price is shifted behind so it corresponds to the date when the price for that week was forecasted. This enables the comparison between the average forecast price and the effective close price.


price change

This chart tracks the percentage change between the close prices. Bouts of volatility (or extreme flat volatility) can be then compared to the typical outcome expressed through the averages.


smooth average

This measure is basically an arithmetical average of the three central tendency measures (mean, median, and mode). It smooths the typical outcome eliminating any possible noise caused by outliers.


min/max

Together with the close price, this chart displays the minimum and maximum forecast prices collected among individual participants. The result is a price corridor, usually enveloping the weekly close price from above and below, and serves as a measure of volatility.


WHAT IS THE FORECAST POLL AND WHY TO USE IT?

The Forecast Poll is a sentiment tool that highlights near and medium-term price expectations from leading market experts. It is a sentiment indicator which delivers actionable price levels, not merely “mood” or “positioning” indications. Traders can check if there is unanimity among the surveyed experts – if there is excessive speculator sentiment driving a market – or if there are divergences among them. When sentiment is not at extremes, traders get actionable price targets to trade upon. When there is a deviation between actual market rate and value reflected in forecasted rate, there is usually an opportunity to enter the market.

You can also use the Outlook Poll for contrarian thinking strategies. Gonçalo Moreira, Research expert at FXStreet, explains: “People involuntarily follow the impulses of the crowd. Sentiment indicators, in turn, lead to 'contrarian' thinking. The Di helps traders detect sentiment extremes and thereby limit their eventual toxic herd behavior.” Read more on Contrarian Approaches with Sentiment indicators


HOW TO READ THE GRAPHS?

Besides the table with all participants’ individual predict, a graphic representation aggregates and visualizes the data: the Bullish/Bearish/Sideways line shows the percentage of our contributors on each of these outlook biases.

This graph is available for each time horizon (1 week, 1 month, 1 quarter). We also indicate the average price predict as well as the average bias.

2021 FORECAST FOR EUR/USD

In the EUR/USD Price Forecast 2021, our dedicated contributors expect the bullish trend to continue during the year. By the end of the year 2020, the average outlook for the pair is 1.2234. Read more details about the forecast.

From July 2019 to Jan 2020, the maximum level for the EUR/USD (Euro US Dollar) was 1.2282 (on 17/12/20), and the minimum, 1.0649 (on 19/03/20).


MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL EVENTS IN 2021 FOR EUR/USD

"A pandemic disrupted financial markets and the global economy in 2020, and the greenback is the overall loser. The virus effects will be seen as well in 2021, and all the measures to counter the coronavirus crisis will impact the markets. Trump's covid aid package before his leaving boosts risk sentiment. Biden will take office on January 20, 2021. Will the measures of the new president still undermine the USD this next year?"


BONDS THAT INFLUENCE THE MOST EUR/USD

Bonds whose moves can impact the EUR/USD: T-BOND 30y; T-NOTE 10y. This group also includes the following currency pairs: GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, NZD/USD, USD/CAD, EUR/GBP and USD/CHF