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How Did Greek Referendum Affect Your Trading?

July 6, 2015 by Andriy Moraru

Last week, the development of the Greek debt crisis prompted the Forex brokers to make all the necessary preparations for the July 5 referendum. Brokers cut leverage, removed illiquid currency pairs from trading, convinced traders to close EUR positions before weekend, and switched many pairs, including EUR/USD to close-only mode. Of course, not all the brokers did that, but most did and for a good reason. The main motivation for all these preparations was to avoid repeating the critical situation with customers’ positions that occurred within many companies following January 15 SNB surprise.

Today, on July 6, it is evident that all those measures very probably an overkill, and that the risk of the referendum voting results spurring havoc in the markets was overestimated. As the chart below shows, the weekend gap following the referendum announcement on June 27–28 was 35% bigger than this weekend when Greek people had actually said their word — 168.7 pips vs. 124.3 pips on EUR/USD. It looks like the market has already priced in the biggest part of the loss for the euro during the week before the referendum, which ended in not a big surprise.

Greek Referendum - EUR/USD Weekend Gap - After Announcement and After Referendum

Now, that the Greeks refused to fulfill the proposed austerity requirements in exchange for further financial aid, many traders and analysts believe that the Grexit is inevitable (Greece leaving the eurozone and, perhaps, even the European Union). Such event is very improbable (this short article by Anil Kashyap explains why), but it may pose a new risk to the Forex market, not unlike the one we have passed these last two weekends. So, some brokers may continue to apply their preventive measures against the low liquidity rate spikes.

I, personally, was not affected much by the gap or by the changes in the trading conditions enacted by some brokers. The only effect on my Forex account was that my EUR/JPY short position has moved closer to its target level. And how about you?

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