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The US Dollar Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated

Currencies / US Dollar Nov 06, 2017 - 05:05 PM GMT

By: Plunger

Currencies

In deference to Mark Twain, I will review the USD, general stock market, precious metals, the electric metals and various other topics.  In the past two weeks Rambus has been so prolific with such high impact charts that I find it a challenge to offer value added material so I offer charts with some different perspectives.

USD-No I Am NOT Dead Yet!

Currencies tend to be a very emotional subject. I try to be objective when analyzing them, sticking to the language of the market and it’s message.  It is always important to guard against the gold bug narrative, it can even influence our views of currencies.  Demanding posts insisting the USD is toast and immediately headed towards history’s ash heap seem closely related to this gold bug narrative.  The USD has spent the first 8 months of 2017 in a well defined downtrend, however it does not appear to be in a death spiral.  Actually the shouting and insistence that it must continue down has been a fairly predictable sign that its move downward was reaching its limit.  The dollar may have now completed a base and is set to continue its move higher.  This is not dogma as it could reverse downward, but for now it’s making all the right moves if the trend is higher.


Please review Rambus’ October 25 post on the USD as there is no other finer analysis anywhere:

I have often made the point that we are in a post bubble contraction.  It began with the financial crisis in 2007, however the central banks of the world and their interventions have truncated the natural corrective process and re-inflated the bubble due to financial engineering.  Ultimately,  if robust growth is to ever return to the world’s economies the PBC must be allowed to do its work in de-levering balance sheets.  Historically in the previous 5 episodes over the past 340 years, PBCs have taken 15-20 years to accomplish this.  So this is a slow process and the 8 month downtrend of the USD in 2017 could just be a little wiggle that turns out to be just a correction in an ongoing up-trend.  Time will tell of course.  In a PBC, the senior currency becomes chronically strong and acts as a magnet  attracting capital flows from around the world.  Over the past year this economic principle has been very hard to accept, however it may be getting ready to reassert itself.  I personally don’t trade currencies, however I watch them since they drive asset classes and knowing their trend gives us a clue of where these assets will themselves trend.

It appears we are at a crucial point in currency markets as the USD is beginning to reassert itself.  Lets look at the various currency charts vs the USD:

Euro- H&S neckline now broken:

Aussie Dollar– H&S break with price now violating the 200 EMA

NZD– The first to show its hand

Canadian Dollar– The ultimate resource currency

The Swissie: Et tu? Even the ultimate haven currency… 200 EMA violation.

South Africa Rand:

So one can see all of these currencies are now in a broad based breakdown vs the USD.  The USD took some time to gain traction and it’s NOT out of the woods yet, but these charts show that it would take some work to reverse this initial trend reversal.

In the chart below we see how the USD has broken above its lower horizontal channel line and is now attempting to overcome the resistance of the 30 W EMA.  Stochastics are indicating that it has the momentum to continue its move higher.

Below is the chart that has been subject to ridicule and derision, however it depicts what could occur when the PBC reasserts itself.  It is certainly not a guarantee, however it shows what may lie in store.

This next chart shows the relationship between the USD and the three metals: gold, silver and copper.  It is hinting that if the USD continues to rally it could make it difficult for these three metals to advance much further:

Finally, this USD chart poses the question: are the industrial metals getting ready to end their run for now?  It seems that in the past when the USD reversed from being oversold on the weekly that was the message:

Plunger

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