Canadian Dollar Gets Slammed!



Our pathetic Canadian dollar or our peso as some like to call it, was stopped dead in its tracks, which was no surprise as I have been warning about this for some time. The problem is what’s next? Any wave 2, can go all the way down to a  61% correction, or even more.  To say the least that is not reliable, as it even could stop anywhere in the 40% to 50% range, depending on the strength of the overall market.

The higher it will eventually go the closer we will get to another recession as we were in the middle of a recession the last time the CAD peaked out in 2008. Oil has also been declining, but oil is in a small rally right now.  What we have to look out for is a corrective type of a decline with a good looking trailing “C” wave.   

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Mini DJIA Intraday Review



The DJIA made another newer low, but they sure are ugly waves, and still fit diagonal waves very well.  Things can get very violent on ” Crazy Fridays”, which is the first Friday of the month, as jobs reports can wreck havoc with any wave count.  If any rally does not show any impulse power, then, this market will turn south one more time. The worst wave counting scenario would be a continuing diagonal decline, as we head to another “A” wave bottom.

I would like to have seen a better distinction with our many different tops, but a truncation could be a real probability.   It would be fascinating if we were in a diagonal Intermediate degree wave 2 top and we had waves 3-4-5 still to go. This could point to a Primary Degree “A” wave.  2011 lows would then be a target range, but it would take well over another year or so to play out, as wave 1 has been about 1 year long already.  

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Review



So far oil is following the diagonal script very well, but that does not mean oil can’t change its mind. I am counting this as a diagonal decline which could lead into an “A” wave. Hopefully it is not part of an ending diagonal which would take oil to a new bear market record low. We will have another look once any potential “B” wave comes.

This may be extremely hard to catch, especially if we could be on a diagonal wave 2 decline. Of course, everybody on the planet have resumed their bearish rants as they repeat what all the other parrots are saying. I only listen to one parrot and her name is Stella! 🙂 Just kidding folks, but I do have a picture of her.

I get very bored with looking and reading other wave counts,  as they become so mundane and boring. I don’t think I can keep writing without occasionally injecting some humor into my work. 

There are many sites out that give Elliott Wave trade setups and I will never try and compete with them. I try to catch turnings that would wipe out most trader accounts if they stayed in.   I think EWP is a waste of time for small intraday trade setups as not enough readers can read them at the right time and even less can act on it playing the markets on the short side.  Playing short and then missing a major bull market is an Elliott Wave counting crime and when that happens, serious reviews of the wave counts must be initiated.   

Until I see a clear enough “ABC” decline I remain bearish in the shorter term but bullish for the longer term. Eventually oil should go above $115 one more time and when we get there we will have a look how much further it can go.  I just checked the gold/oil ratio and it is still a healthy 29:1, when I use the cash charts. 

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Gold 1980-2016 Cycle Degree Elliott Wave Count Review



It is always a good idea to look back in time, to see how things fit together from the larger perspective. In this case I am showing you a perspective from a Cycle degree linear chart setting.  This shows that the 2011 peak may be a Primary degree wave 3 top, and the bear market which will be about 5 years long this fall, would be an “ABC” crash with and ending diagonal.  Our present rally from late 2015 would be a diagonal wave 3-4 in Minor degree with one more diagonal wave 5 to go. Ending diagonals, develop on the tips of “C” waves, so that would also be a fitting pattern to the end of a bear market. Ending diagonals are real confidence boosters for me, but we have to be very careful so not to be too subjective.

 I look at everything from a Cycle degree perspective, and hunting the 5 waves in Cycle degree is my sole purpose as without them being confirmed, “no” SC or GSC degree wave count can exist on this planet! 

Gold would have to suffer through one more decline with a length impossible to count out at this time, but any new low below $1050 would help to confirm it. As I have mentioned many times the pattern changed in mid 2013 which would be the beginning of the ending diagonal. The late 2015 bottom didn’t stop anywhere important as it didn’t even stop at a potential previous 4th wave dip. Gold is declining as I post and I would expect it to still swing widely as job reports come out. 

I scratch my head all the time as the world brags that commodities run on supply and demand yet they act the complete opposite at the extremes. In 1980 they said gold was going to $2000 yet it crashed to $300 a few years later. Then when everybody was dumping gold in 1999 gold turns and goes on a massive bull market defying all logic. 

All the banks and countries were selling gold, and funds were unloading gold stocks as fast as they could, yet a gold bull market was born. 

Then in 2011 when all the banks and investors have been buying and told gold is going to $5000 or $10000, it turns and starts on a major bear market. Now the whole situation may become reversed one more time if the ending diagonal gets confirmed.  Contrarians know this is how the markets work and they don’t need any Elliott Wave to tell them so.  Some of the gold stock ETFs have seen 100% gains in just 4 months or so.  I bet very few Elliottitions saw it coming and were in position before it surged.

Short term I am very bearish, but with the potential of this wave count we can see a bull gold party coming. It still may take 2016 to play out, but it will be a new story once this bear market has completed.   

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Apple Bull And Bear Market Review 2012-2016




Single stock Elliott Wave Counts are not at the top of my list of things to cover, but Apple is inside the DOW and the SP500 and it will go where they go. Or is it the other way around, that Apple is holding up all stock markets from crashing.  For the last month, Apple has crashed in a near vertical decline which is much like a “C” wave would act.

Since the bottom of February I was counting it as a 4th wave, but now it would have to be called a diagonal 4th wave as it ran too far and started to overlap a bunch of important waves.   We have about 4 open gaps on the way down and they would eventually have to get filled again. Please do not take that as a sure thing as these gaps can stay open for a long time, as Apple may have to sink much further. 

That rally to the April top, insiders were selling all the way up while all the analyst recommendations were overwhelmingly a “BUY” rating.  This is nothing new as I have documented this many times with other stocks. No matter where this stock may go in the short term, it is only worth investing in, if the majority of insiders, are buying. 

When they do buy it will become public information, then you may have a chance of being on the right side. If this rally is short and goes sideways, then watch out as more downside will certainly come again. 

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Review


So far WTI crude oil decline is doing its thing. I see the pattern as a diagonal type as too many critical waves are overlapping. This move has a good chance of being the first part of a zigzag, but we would still be some time away from hitting the “A” wave. 

Overall and keeping in sequence to a potential Minute degree wave three top, I would need a single Minuette degree zigzag to complete a correction. My smallest letters are down at the Micro degree levels and hopefully we are not in an ending diagonal 5th wave decline.

The gold/oil ratio is still very healthy as it was very close to 29.5:1 when I measured it this morning.  For those that do not know  or have not read about the gold/oil ratio that I have used. It is basically the price of crude oil, divided into the price of gold to give us how many barrels one US dollar gold ounce will buy us. In this case I am using the June oil contract, but the cash gold contract. In 2008, just before oil crashed we had about an 8:1 ratio and in mid 2014 just before oil renewed it’s crash the ratio hit about 17:1. At the recent 2016 bottom the gold/oil ratio hit a mind boggling 45:1.

Shorter term I remain bearish even with a pending rally, but will remain bullish for the long term.  

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US Dollar Intraday Crash And Rally Review


I have been mentioning this 92-93 price level with the US dollar for a long time, or it seems like a long time. You can’t get any closer to the 92 price level than that after which it turned and charged up. If the US dollar has staying power remains to be seen, but it sure looks like the start of an impulsive wave structure. 

If the US dollar deviates and starts creating really choppy, overlapping waves, then the US dollar would be in trouble one more time. We may find out more once we get closer to Friday as all hell can break loose when the employment reports come out. 

The US dollar’s entire decline has been diagonal in style, which usually means a total retracement can still happen. Even now the pattern we do have can be a zigzag so that alone can mean a huge US dollar rally, which would be bad news for gold and other commodities.  

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E-Mini SP500 Intraday Review: US Dollar Up And Stocks/Gold Down


As we can see the SP500 made a dramatic move down, but still can be a “C” wave crash. At the same time the US dollar shot up with gold declining. The inverse relationship is holding true, but it is unclear to what type of staying power the US dollar has, regardless of what stocks are going to do. Oh, yeah, we can’t forget oil as it also took a hit.   

It will remain to be seen if the SP500 falls short of hitting another low. Even if stocks manage to pull off another newer low they can still make a major bullish move.  We would be in for a long drawn out process if this were the beginnings of a diagonal 5 wave decline in Intermediate degree. It is a struggle to keep any clean impulse pattern alive, which is usually a sign that I am chasing my tail and an alternate must be explored.  

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Comments On Our Canadian Debt Load

This news item talks about BC, but the trend is all across Canada in all major debt instruments. 

Real Estate is on that list as well. This trend should keep going until we are in another recession or deflationary time period. 




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Crude Oil 1990-2016 Review


Oil has been a big part of my analytics and will remain that way. I have made many charts in a collage style, way before ever starting a blog in late 2010. Many of these have been posted, but mostly in SC and GSC degree. Many contrarians saw the 2008 crash coming, but I was not pessimistic enough in my forecast.  I though $70-$50 would do it, but $34 ended up being  the lowest low. 

The main difference with all my wave counts is that I am working a giant Primary degree “B” wave containing a triangle. Since we now had another new record low, the bullish phase from 2009 to 2014 can now be confirmed as a bear market rally b wave, in Minor degree. 

I hate to include alternates in one wave count as I would rather post a complete separate chart for alternates. Charts look different when switched from daily to weekly and monthly settings.  I have this weekly chart set at 1500 custom bars.  With WTI oil coming back so fast, I have to keep the options open that an ending diagonal may not have ended just yet.

In other words an ending diagonal 5th wave would still have to play out but not necessarily travel to new extreme lows like $20 or $10.

Ending diagonals usually develop on the tips of “C” waves and crude oil is a prime asset class for this to happen. Even with a potential ending diagonal 5th wave, we would still need a zigzag type of a decline, but the longer term picture would still be very bullish. 



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E-Mini Sp500 Intraday Review


The E-Mini has made a bottom, but the rally is not a pure impulse. This could mean a diagonal advance or we are stuck in a smaller triangle and we are heading up the “D” wave.  Any “D” wave could go higher than my “B” wave before it crashes again. This still gives us far too many options in how high stocks can still go.  As long as the markets produce questionable declines, then there is always a chance that they can come back with a vengeance.

This has been going on since the 2009 bottom with late April of 2010 being an extremely bullish time. All the talking heads were yapping how stocks are the place to be, yet the contrarians were getting very bearish, including Steven John Kaplan and EWI.  I was also suspicious that a crash was coming in 2010 and we were not disappointed as it turned into the Flash Crash of 2010.

Now we have to wait and see how high this can go as the worst is always a diagonal move being so hard to see the difference between an inverted corrective move. They both can be very much alike for long periods of time. 

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WTI Crude Oil Intraday Review



Crude oil has finally backed off a bit, but any zigzag can also turn into an impulse. There is the chance that the entire crash needs retracing if an agonizing ending diagonal was still to play out.  Many times when there is a big “ABC” crash, then there is a good chance an ending diagonal can develop.  Any impulse that may have started would still have a long way to go, but it may have a tough time of it once the employment report comes out this Friday. Those reports come out on the first Friday of a new month and they can raise havoc throughout all asset classes. 

Hang on to your hat as it could get very volatile this week. 



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Gold Daily Chart, May, 1, 2016 Review: Bear Attack Anyone?


I could be completely wrong, but this gold rally is not your true blue impulse powered bull market. Once gold hit $1050 in December of 2015, gold made a very fast move up, which then turned into a wave overlapping nightmare! That has been the sad story of gold from the 2011 top so there is nothing really new in this move. Please don’t tell me that the fundamentals have changed as they are always changing, besides forecasting anything with fundamentals has never worked.

You may as well call them “funny-mentals” as it is something the analysts dream up and then repeat like parrots to each other. The entire world or at least most of it tries to forecast using fundamentals, yet the majority of these experts never saw the bull market in gold coming in 1999!  They also did not see the bear market coming in 2011.

When I stepped back and had another look, the patterns sure can fit into a potential ending diagonal extremely well.  Right or wrong, I have to turn very bearish when I see patterns like this, as gold can crash extremely fast before we have time to react.

It may take a few more days, but bear attacks have been known to happen in the early summer months, even the gold bears must come out of hibernation sooner or later, as the gold bulls are flush and fat with profits, and would make prime steaks on the barbecue this summer.  



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Canadian Dollar Bull Market Review: It’s All About Oil!


I created this collage  when I thought we were close to a bottom. It is a high res scan and with the color it is a very big file. The Cad had already bottomed and had slightly headed up. The pessimism towards the our CAD was at an extreme which the spike displayed very well. Close to that time period the bullish consensus hit an extreme low of 6%, which means the bulls have virtually evaporated.

This is one of the lowest bullish consensus readings I have ever run across.   



Just about 5 months later we had a liftoff that also created the low in 2016, with a stunning vertical rally still in progress. At a minimum a correction is due as moves like this, cannot be maintained. Commercial traders are already net short on our CAD but that can still move much further to the extreme.

Again, if we look back to the 2008 top matching oil we can see about the same type of crash in the CAD as there was in crude oil.  I have mentioned this connection many times in the past because it has nothing to do with our prime minister’s  boxing skills or our economy getting better. The economy is not working well for all those that have lost their jobs in the oil provinces. 

The 2008 peak in our dollar has also corresponded with the depth of the recession, so any CAD bull peak may also be a sign that we are heading for another recession. 

Since I am reading the CAD crash as a potential zigzag with a triangle “B” wave, then we should see our CAD travel and pass that 1.06 price level.



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US Dollar Daily Chart Review


We are a hairs thickness away from a potential downside breakout so anything can still happen in the short term. The entire March, April decline is not your average impulse, as it looks more like a double zigzag with a diagonal 5 waves.

Why should the US dollar rally if stocks are going down the toilet drain? I just haven’t figured out if stocks are turning clockwise or anti clockwise! 🙂 Stocks can stop on a dime and head north just to keep us all guessing, with a bit of stock mania returning.

The commercials are still net short the US dollar but that does not stop the US dollar from a rally, we would need a much bigger extreme for the commercial reports to be of real use at this time.  

We sure can listen to the fundamental parrots that the US dollar is going to implode, but they said much worse back in 2008 yet the US dollar went exactly the opposite way and started to rally.  My last sentiment report a month ago or so hit a 24 month peak of 91%, which means only 9% bears were still left to join the bull party. This would be rare if not impossible as it never can hit 100%. 

Again, we are at the mercy of the next rally and the pattern it will make, and the best scenario could also be a diagonal decline with a wave 1 coming up soon. 


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Gold Intraday Rocket Ride Reveiw



Gold did a few things that I hoped it would, as it cleared a new high with gusto, this is very typical of a diagonal 5th wave, but we are not exactly sure as it can still go a bit higher. Running to gold as fear hits the stock markets is never a great idea as this is emotional trading at its finest.  Any vertical move cannot be maintained in the long run as they will all eventually die or correct strongly.

The HUI has also made a strong showing, but it contains many gaps below present prices.  Right now gold was a bit shy of $1300 which I mentioned as one my potential targets many moons ago. All downward corrections in March have now been retraced by 100% an more so this helps to confirm that “ABC” crashes can produce newer highs. I know of no other system which allows us to see that far ahead.

The sad part is that it works if we keep our degrees separated and in sequence and stay away from using WXY waves. 

Now that gold has charged up to a new high, I am sure that gold still has to correct this entire April move and head below $1210 again. Diagonal waves are much the same as inverted zigzags. 




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E-Mini SP500 Intraday Crash Review


The market crash was maturing a bit more this morning as we seemed to be on a very nice spike heading down. The Mini DJIA and the Mini SP500 are always on a slightly different wave count from each other. From a wave count perspective, these differences are huge as one can be counted as an impulse and the other as an “ABC” type pattern. If this were an “ABC” crash, then yes, this market will turn and head higher.  What type of a pattern any big correction will make will determine how far it can go, as inverted “ABCs” get completely retraced.   

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Mini DJIA Intraday Crash Review


The DJIA  is making a decline that can still go many ways. This is not a great looking impulse at all but can still double as a 4th wave correction. As I post the DJIA is still heading down. Remember that AAPL is in this index so where the DJIA goes so does Apple’s stock.  Apple has also broken to a new low but it has a huge gap above that will get closed in time. When is impossible to determine at this point. 

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HDGE New Record Low Review




HDGE is a good inverse indicator of the stock market as HDGE crashes when stocks begin to soar. All the choppy rallies have now all been confirmed as bearish rallies as all bear market rallies eventually get retraced. From the November bottom to the 7 wave count February top, they have all been retraced followed by a very impulsive 5 wave decline.

Will HDGE go to zero or suffer an inverse stock split? I doubt it! It’s high time the markets corrected or changed a major trend, so we have to wait what type of rally will be produced next. It’s all about pattern from my perspective and price has little to do with it. 

The first two chapters in the Elliott Wave Principle (EWP) all deal with pattern as virtually no prices are used. Even the very first Elliott Wave published by RN Elliott and republished in the yellow book, deal strictly with patterns not prices.  

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Mini DJIA Intraday Review



Anything can still happen as all the DJIA has to do is rally one more time and we have yet another 5 waves pointing up.  There is very little room to move and right about now I would love to see this pattern break to the downside to help confirm a potential impulse type wave.  

Many times I will not fill in every little wave count as that is very silly and time consuming. All it takes is one critical move the wrong way and the next thing you know the entire wave count has to be redone.  I post far more frequently than many other wave counters do and it means the difference between doing 8-13 positions or 89 positions.  Did all that fancy detailed wave counting help at the 2009 bottom? No, it did not, as all the SC and GSC degree wave counters missed the biggest bull market since the depression. 

It also makes no sense anymore, that our present bull market is just another big bear market rally as it would be the biggest and longest bear market rally in financial history. Besides, there is no such thing as a double expanded flat top.  Any expanded flat top is extremely bullish once the bottom is in, as they also do not produce the super long “C” waves that the SC and GSC degree wave counters desperately need.  They have started their 5 waves down in Primary degree many times since the 2000 top, but it has failed every time.  

There is no certainty that wave three in Cycle degree has completed, but it would take a Primary degree correction to fully play out before the 4th wave bottom shows itself.   I don’t think we will see a huge Cycle degree 4th wave triangle as that would not have enough time to finish by the 2020 time period, after all the Roaring 2020s may start by then.   

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Gold Daily Chart Review

Members are starting to sign in with their free month membership and it is also good to see past donors joining in. All Members still have access to my old blog, but there will no longer be any updating as my effort will be spent on this website.  


As I have mentioned many times this gold bull market is made up with some very ugly patterns that are impossible to fit into a pure impulse. Since the January peak we have seen many vertical spikes and then gold would correct followed by more vertical spikes.

Since the April bottom gold has moved up alright, but it has moved by waves constantly overlapping. Longer term this is not good, but shorter term gold should still break out past $1280. So far this has gold in a diagonal type rally, which means that when it corrects, it may correct in a violent manner.  

I sure want to milk this run as much as we can but we may be dealing with a hot potato at the same time. Sure silver has rallied, but it does not confirm an impulse by any means.  The pattern dictates if any asset class is in a true bull market or not, as fake bull markets can run for years before they implode.  Just look at the XAU as it retraced its so call secular bull market by more than 100%. 

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Russell 2000, 2000-2016 Review



This is the cash chart for the Russell 2000 and I still have not found any Cycle degree, wave three top. The implosion into the 2016 bottom is a very well formed impulse wave, but I have to explore it as a potential expanded pattern bottom.

What that means is that if the expanded pattern is true, then at least the Russell 2000 can hit another new record top, closer to the 1300 price level. We are also approaching the previous 4th wave peak, which is a perfect place to turn and then head back south.

I do not want to completely throw out the wave two option, but it could be a wave two in Intermediate degree. If that declined, then 720 would be a 61% correction, which may not be deep enough to play out all 5 waves. We know we are not going to get 5 waves down in Primary degree as that would take the Russell 2000 well below zero, and that will never happen.


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WTI Crude Oil Cycle Degree Review



I thought it would be good to review my bigger picture in oil, and I assure you I do not follow the SC or GSC degree crowd. I follow or look for the Cycle degree sequence. The only high degree wave count that may be completed is my Cycle degree wave 3 at the 1980 peak. 

The crash low in 1986 (Primary degree “A” Wave) was a bit above $10 with another major low in 1998-1999, also a bit above the $10 price level. It is very important to remember that the 1999 low was a higher low than the 1986 bottom was. This entire crude oil wave count contains no WXY waves as I would rather look at it from a diagonal or triangle perspective. In this case the Primary degree “B” wave contains a triangle which may have completed the Intermediate degree “D” wave bottom, in January 2016. 

I believe we are heading up on an “E” wave bull market and we have a long way to go to break some old highs. Any wave action above the $115 price level will do, but I do not rule out a potential double top. We are looking very far ahead and many things have to happen for it to come true. Right now on a gold/oil cash ratio we are a bit above 28:1, which makes oil still very cheap when compared to gold. 



Many have done this type of research, but it seems that many of the oil peaks corresponded with recessions. So it still may take sometime before the next recession is upon us.  



  Any Cycle degree 4th wave bottom could still take until solar cycle #24 finishes around 2021. The first peak you see in this solar cycle matches the 2011 peak in gold, but the 2000 peak matches the bottom in gold and oil. The exact opposite happened in 1980 when the solar cycle and commodities also peaked out. 


This is the intraday wave count with many of the waves overlapping just enough to not call them pure impulse waves, but I will count them as if they were impulse waves for now. I have started on Minuette degree, but will adjust when it becomes necessary. I think we are still far away from any potential “A” wave that I need, but even then the “B” wave correction can hide itself.  If we get a strong obvious correction, then we would know that we are at the half way point of the entire bullish phase.  Right now I am looking for a potential 4th wave correction, but extensions can delay all that. We are also coming up to the end of the month when corrections or trend reversals can happen. 

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S&P GSCI Intraday Review: Still On The Run!


This is the Goldman Sachs commodities index and it gives us a general view where they are heading. They sure look like they favor the oil index as the wave counts are very similar to crude oil.  We could be heading into a big correction with the lower limit being closer to the 310 price level. 

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