What is Catalyst?

A Catalyst is news or economic event that influences traders to buy or sell an asset quickly.

This generally prompts a change in the value of that asset, and often, at a higher pace than the asset’s normal volatility range.

A catalyst can be anything, but for forex traders, triggers tend to come from monetary policy news/changes (e.g., interest rate changes, quantitative easing), economic updates (e.g., changes in employment, inflation, GDP, etc.), and geopolitical updates (e.g., Brexit).

Identifying and understanding catalysts are vital to a trader’s skill set as trading opportunities only come from when markets are moving and from understanding when a directional bias may change.