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166. Introduction To Obscure Currency Crosses & Why It Is Very Risky To Trade Them?


Trading currency crosses an excellent way to make money from forex trading when major currency pairs do not make a good move due to the US economy’s corrective momentum. However, the US dollar is a global reserve currency of every country. Therefore, it can provide enough liquidity to make money where the obscure currency crosses have some risks due to insufficient liquidity.

What is Obscure Currency Cross?

We can find currency crosses when we eliminate the US dollar from major and commodity currencies. However, among the cross currencies, the Euro and the Japanese Yen are mostly traded. Therefore, if you trade any Euro and Yen related cross pair, you might see the price to have adequate liquidity. But, what happens if the currency cross does not have Yen or Euro?


Any cross currency pairs that do not have Japanese Yen or Euro as a first or second currency is called an Obscure currency cross. Examples of obscure currency crosses are GBPCHF, NZDCAD, AUDCHF, CADCHF, NZDCHF, NZDCAD, etc.

Why are Trading Obscure Currency Crosses Risky?

The forex market is run through a decentralized network where no one can dominate any market. Therefore, the movement of a currency pair depends on the supply and demand of that currency pair. When the supply or demand increases, the currency pair starts to move. On the other hand, when there is less volume, the currency pair may move within a correction.

The liquidity remains lower in the obscure currency pair than major, commodity, and EUR/YEN related currency pairs. Therefore, there is a risk of market volatility and correction. In some cases, obscure currency pairs consolidate for a long time, and if we take any trade on that pair, we might have to hold the trade for a considerable time.


In conclusion, we can say that trading obscure currency pairs have some reason to worry due to not having enough liquidity to provide a decent movement. However, it is a great way to make money from obscure currency pairs if we can read the price action well and identify the price is moving within a trend. Overall, maintaining a profitable and robust trading strategy is the key to make a consistent profit from the forex market. [wp_quiz id=”86520″]


By Reddy Shyam Shankar

I am a professional Price Action retail trader and Speculator with expertise in Risk Management, Trade Management, and Hedging.

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