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Trading The ‘CAD/MYR’ Forex Exotic Currency Pair

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Introduction

The CAD/MYR is an exotic Forex currency pair where CAD is the Canadian Dollar, and the MYR is the Malaysian Ringgit. In this pair, CAD is the base currency, while the MYR is the quote currency. The price associated with this pair represents the amount of MYR that can be traded for 1 CAD. For example, if the price of the CAD/MYR is 3.1163, it means that 1 CAD can purchase 3.1163 MYR.

CAD/MYR Specification

Spread

When trading a currency pair, the ‘bid’ price and the ‘ask’ price are different. This difference constitutes the revenues that brokers earn, and is called the spread. Below is the spread charges for ECN and STP brokers for CAD/MYR pair.

ECN: 4 pips | STP: 9 pips

Fees

Fees represent the charges that brokers impose on forex traders when opening a position. These charges vary on the ECN account, depending on your forex broker. STP accounts usually do not charge fees for trading.

Slippage

Sometimes we intend to complete a trade with a prevailing price, but instead, the trade is executed at a different price. The difference between the two prices is slippage, and it is a result of market volatility and your broker’s speed of execution.

Trading Range in the CAD/MYR Pair

The trading range shows the volatility of a currency pair across different timeframes from minimum to the maximum expected volatility. The knowledge of market volatility can help a trader estimate possible gains or losses for different timeframes. Let’s say that the maximum volatility for the CAD/MYR pair at the 1-hour timeframe is 20 pips. A forex trader trading one standard lot of this pair can expect to gain or lose $64.2

Below is the trading range for the CAD/MYR pair.

The Procedure to assess Pip Ranges

  1. Add the ATR indicator to your chart
  2. Set the period to 1
  3. Add a 200-period SMA to this indicator
  4. Shrink the chart so you can determine a larger period
  5. Select your desired timeframe
  6. Measure the floor level and set this value as the min
  7. Measure the level of the 200-period SMA and set this as the average
  8. Measure the peak levels and set this as Max.

CAD/MYR Cost as a Percentage of the Trading Range

When the cost of trading is expressed as a percentage of the trading range, it can help a forex trader implement proper risk management measures. Below are cost analyses of the CAD/MYR pair for both the ECN and the STP accounts.

ECN Model Account

Spread = 4 | Slippage = 2 | Trading fee = 1

Total cost = 7

STP Model Account

Spread = 9 | Slippage = 2 | Trading fee = 0

Total cost = 11

The Ideal Timeframe to Trade CAD/MYR

In both the ECN and STP accounts, the 1-hour timeframe during minimum volatility of 0.1 pips has the highest trading cost. Generally, the 1H, 2H, 4H, and daily timeframes have higher trading costs compared to the weekly and the monthly timeframes. Therefore, longer-term traders of the CAD/MYR pair enjoy lesser trading costs.

However, the intraday traders can reduce their trading costs by initiating trades when the volatility for the 1H, 2H, 4H, and daily timeframes is above average. They can further lower these costs by using the forex limit orders, which eliminates the slippage costs. Here’s an example with the ECN account.

ECN Account Using Limit Model Account

Total cost = Slippage + Spread + Trading fee

= 0 + 4 + 1 = 5

You can notice that the overall trading costs have reduced when the limit orders are used. For example, the highest trading cost has been lowered from 118.64% to 84.75% of the trading range. Cheers.

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