USD Index From A Bear To A Bull in 23 Years: 1985-2008 Review

 

From the February 1985 peak (164.720) the US dollar index started a meltdown that should have sent gold soaring. By the time the USD hit this peak gold already had crashed. In 1992 the US hit another record bottom that I can only count as a diagonal wave structure. Another fast move up and then down again producing a higher low, which is a sign of a bullish move still to come. This move had 5 waves in it alright, but only in Minor degree. The entire USD bullish move was coming to an end and the gold price was crushed at $252 in August of 1999!

From this 2001 US dollar peak, the bearish move resumed, driving the gold price and the oil price with it. By March 2008 the US Dollar was coming to a major bottom that many of the good contrarians of the day saw coming. The 2008 bottom was a Cycle degree wave 4 low. It was not some little bottom in an on-going bear market. Everybody on the planet hated the US dollar at that time, and a panic into gold started to pick up speed.

It was oil that crashed in 2008, 3 years before gold. Since the 2008 bottom, I counted the US dollar as a bear market rally which proved futile forcing a review looking for a much bigger bullish move.

The big top declining trend line has now been broken also signaling a bigger bullish move still to come. Another indicator that a huge US dollar bull market is still in progress is that falling wedge we see.  For most of 2018 the trade war rhetoric has been flying all around the world and yet the US dollar was in a rally the entire time.

Now that the Fed has given the green light, investors jumped back into the stock markets again. Shouldn’t the US dollar keep soaring if trade war peace is being declared at the G20 meeting? With tensions around the trade issue being reduced there would be no need to hold gold as a hedge. Commercial traders are already net short by a wide margin and it will be interesting to see if they close off their short positions with this Fridays COT report.

Longer term the US dollar looks like a run of 5 waves in Primary degree is in effect, and the 89 price level is the start of the 5th wave in Intermediate degree.

Understanding the US dollar bull market is critical as this is not a short-term bullish blip on the charts, not by a long shot. Recently the US dollar has made some moves that could still be bearish which may support the gold price this week.

There are three main prices that should get retraced and the first near-term price target is 103.800. The 121 price level is next which could take a few years before it gets hit!

The real threat is deflation, which has more to do with demographics or the world birthrate crash than a good stock market.

 

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