FX markets start to test sentiment data

Already widely used in equities trading, data derived from news and social media is now being applied to foreign exchange


Foreign exchange traders are starting to explore sentiment data – information derived from news headlines and social media, for example – as an additional input to their trading strategies, as hedgers and investors look for an edge on other market participants. Some researchers have found a sentiment overlay on traditional currency factors can deliver significant outperformance. 

Matt Weller, global head of research at trading solutions provider Gain Capital, says more clients are asking to use

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