Category Archives: Currency

GSR & Uncle Buck

People should try to get their heads out of their ass(et) classes and look at the signals that these assets may be sending.  Look, gold bugs are screwed and being run up the analytical flagpole as outdated anachronisms and stuffy old fogies with outmoded views.  The stock market has proven bullish again and again and policy making has worked swimmingly for a couple years now.

So take out the gold bug, the silver bug, the commodity and inflation bug and the stock market bull and/or bear and just look at the signals.  The Gold-Silver ratio (GSR) is rising strongly and it is happening in unison with the now well bull horned US dollar, which everyone left for dead just a few months ago *.  The question that should be asked now is not ‘how do I defend my stance?’ or ‘what asset should I buy or sell?’ but rather, ‘what does this mean from a macro market view?’

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The correlation by daily view of the GLD/SLV and UUP ETFs is not very good, but over a longer-term is GSR and USD are generally in line.  We have always felt that the USD (a global asset anti-market or counter party) is a bedfellow of the gold-silver ratio (a risk off/illiquidity indicator).

More to come on this in the form an NFTRH excerpt later on.  But we should be beyond hoping that this or that asset class will go up and into a time of evaluating what, if any meanings can be taken from the USD-GSR relationship.  A lot of people are interpreting the rise of the USD as a bullish event, with only gold and commodities to suffer.  They had better do the work to confirm that view rather than just making assumptions.

* Not by me and not by my market management service.  We charted its hold of important support and casually followed its progress every single week.  Now Uncle Buck is all lit up in neon and as usual, a majority is now aboard the story and promoting distortions.

A Closer Look at the USD

Excerpted from NFTRH 308’s opening segment…

A Closer Look at the US Dollar

Using the standard weekly currency chart we followed along for months as the Euro found resistance at the long-term downtrend line as expected, the commodity currencies long ago lost major support and non-confirmed the commodity complex and the US dollar moved from a hold of critical support, to a trend line breakout, to its current impulsive and over bought status.  It is time now for a closer look at Uncle Buck since this reserve currency is key to so many asset markets the world over.

As the charts below show, USD is over bought on both daily and weekly time frames.  But the monthly is interesting because its big picture view is that of a basing/bottoming pattern, and it is bullish.  That is a long-term director, so regardless of what happens in the short-term, a process of unwinding the hyper-inflationist ‘Dollar Collapse’ cult is ongoing.  Signs point to disinflation toward deflation.

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NFTRH 307 Excerpt; Currencies

NFTRH has been bullish the USD and bearish the Euro, Canada dollar and Aussie dollar for quite some time now, most often using this simple weekly chart of various currencies.  Months ago we noted USD creeping out of its downtrend (green dotted line) and the Euro falling out of its wedge (red dotted line).  Back then, sentiment toward the USD was far different than it is today.  So this week the Currency segment included some thoughts (and data) on USD and Euro sentiment as well.

Also of note, while the excerpt speculates that a USD reversal could trigger bounces in commodities and precious metals, these items generally remain bearish until proven otherwise.  Not the other way around.

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Now everyone knows the USD is bullish and the Euro is going to hell in a hand basket.  As long as faith in paper currencies in general remains intact, I think that will be the trend.  But USD is over bought to a degree that we could actually see a significant – if temporary – reversal of these trends.

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ECB: Intensify What’s Already Not Working

“First, it is committed to experimenting even more with its use of unconventional monetary policy, including by taking the deposit rate even more negative and starting a program to purchase asset-backed securities.”

What the ECB’s Moves Mean for the World by Mohamed El-Erian

He lays out Draghi’s scheme pretty well.  Read a good article by a smart man.  But the problem in Europe is that the Euro strength they are trying to leverage was simply a counter trend reaction out of the first ‘acute’ phase of the Euro crisis in 2011.  In essence, they are leveraging a 2 year Bear Flag (or Rising Wedge) in the Euro that always was likely to fail at the big trend line.  Yeh, that should work well for Europe.

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Oh but then there is Fortress America.  Our currency is strong and our markets booming.  Nothing wrong here!  Well, we’ll see how long the ISM for example, stays strong with the USD becoming persistently strong.

Wasn’t the whole premise of the US recovery its ability to compromise Uncle Buck?  I’d imagine that US stocks can go well higher on the old ‘King Dollar pulls in global liquidity’ play, but there is a shelf life here if Unc gets persistently strong with two drivers at his back; the Euro trash fest and US policy that could have its hand forced toward tightening sooner than maybe the majority now thinks.

As I wrote the other day, it is hard to know exactly what will play out when, but it sure is getting interesting.

US dollar Nears Target

The UUP ETF already hit its measurement at 22 and now the over bought Uncle Buck is nearing its measurement at 83.50.  One valid question in trying to plot Unc’s future is how long will the Fed choose to sit by and hold ZIRP as the economy strengthens?

Personally, I don’t understand how they can conduct this Kabuki Dance where half of them fret about being too dovish and the other half of them act as if they can maintain ZIRP-Infinity (or even ZIRP-mid/late 2015).  The economy is strong, the currency is strong and the stock market is strong.  What could go wrong?  Why not normalize rates in 2% chunks beginning next week?  Ha ha ha…

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Currencies Big Picture

Since the last currency update using monthly charts, Uncle Buck is turning a resistance level to support.  This will be firmer with an August close above.

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Euro broke down from a wedge we had been following by weekly charts after getting very close to a post-Euro crisis target at the big downtrend line.

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Canada dollar remains bearish after failing at resistance as projected.

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Make Way for Uncle Buck

Hey guess what?  The Fed had some Minutes out today in which they ruminated about the employment market and inflation targets.  Mr. Plosser was the rational one as usual, talking about what could happen if rates needed to be raised sooner than the market anticipated and other Gloomy Gus stuff like that.

Anyway, Unc got a new spring in his already bouncy step.  The self-explanatory daily chart is from this morning’s pre-market NFTRH key ETF update, created before this latest burst obviously.  The US dollar – so doubted by so many only a couple months ago – is now getting over bought.

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US Dollar Consolidates

We had the US dollar in a bullish pattern back in July and wouldn’t you know a sharp rise came in concert with a stock market drop.  The US market, like others in the developed world keys off of policy making and its ability or willingness to [pick one... mute, compromise, repress, devalue...] the currency.  So the sharp rise in July did not go down well with asset markets.

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As the stock market bounces it is not surprising that Uncle Buck has consolidated above the pattern neckline.  MACD and RSI look suspect and if USD rolls over the stock market could continue to benefit.  A strong visual support area is noted at the moving averages.

Currencies and Gold, Big Picture

We have not checked in on this motley crew at the public site in a long time (NFTRH keeps a running tab each week).  Here are the monthly views of the basket cases we call major currencies.

Uncle Buck and his reserve status were leveraged to the hilt by “The Hero” and now his successor is trying to gently talk the Fed out of its policy stance over time.  In other words, tightening is going to come one way or another and Janet Yellen is trying to go the orderly route.  When this process becomes disorderly, the USD is likely to benefit from the liquidations elsewhere in the asset world.

Technically, USD is in a long basing pattern.  There are those who think it is basing before a renewed decline, reading a Symmetrical Triangle (continuation) pattern into poor old Unc.  I think the odds are it is bottoming over the post-2008 years when inflation – try as they might to have promoted it – simply has not taken root *.  Leaning bullish, watch support and resistance.

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