If you have never seen a wild and choppy bull market then here’s one. Not until I applied diagonal wave counting to all my commodities did this pattern make any sense. We just hit a new record high at about $1178, and Palladium has backed off a bit this morning since then.
All the peaks are connected with zigzags, except for the 2008 bottom which ended up being a running flat, with a near picture perfect zigzag crash into the 2003 bottom. From the 2008 bottom, another zigzag bull market developed with an expanded pattern for its “B” wave correction.
Any Cycle degree bear market will crush this Palladium chart and initially, Palladium could reach my previous “B” wave bottom in Intermediate degree. This would be close to the $832 price level, but it’s still not the end of any bear market.
I never apply conventional market correction calculations, as commodities are in a different world. Soaring to extremes and then crashing down to an extreme is pretty normal. Commodities are in a Submillennium degree wave 3 diagonal wave structure that started way back in the Little Ice Age.
It was the Roaring 1920’s when it all changed as that was the first time that ordinary investors got the investing bug and they also invented new types of assets during that time period. This is very obvious if you look at the charts before 1920.
Technically speaking, another zigzag should develop but it will be one degree higher as a zigzag in Primary degree.
Commercial hedgers are net short by a wide margin, which should start to turn as a Palladium bear market becomes more obvious to the talking heads. It’s the non-commercial traders that always get caught in a trap as they seem to love chasing bull and bear markets.