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FX Traders Pivot to Tactical Bets as Old-School Strategies Flop

  • OppenheimerFunds cuts holding times for some currency wagers
  • Questions on growth, trade undermine momentum, carry bets
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Currency traders are switching up their playbooks as some of the most time-tested strategies are fizzling in the $5.1-trillion-a-day market.

Momentum, carry and value bets have delivered lackluster returns in foreign exchange this year, prompting some money managers to shelve them in favor of event-driven and niche positions. OppenheimerFunds Inc. has cut the holding time for some wagers to weeks instead of months, while money manager Standish is looking at dollar options that would profit from risks related to trade disagreements.