Traders who follow the price of gold and silver, should keep an eye out on the U.S. dollar index. The dollar has been within a trading range for more than a year. During December of 2015, the dollar rose to test the highs at 100, however, since February of 2016, the dollar has been in a downtrend, as shown in the chart below.
The FED has reduced the expectations of a rate hike in 2016 from one full percentage point, in the beginning of the year, to a half percent and perhaps to none at all. However, my expectation is that the FED may have to start rolling back this increase before the end of 2016.
The bullishness in the dollar was sparked by expectations of a change in the monetary policy of the FED. Market participants believed that the Zero Interest Rate Policy, NIRP, would end and that the rates were on an upward trajectory. However, world economic conditions have deteriorated since the beginning of 2016 and the ECB and BOJ both responded with Negative Interest Rates, NIRP and more QE. Consequently, the FED was forced to delay their rate hikes.
Last week’s shot term breakdown of the dollar, below the critical support of 93, was a bearish sign which can bring the dollar further down to the 86 levels. But the dollar posted a solid rally by the end of the week to regain that critical support level for the time being.
Although gold is a commodity, it is used as a hedge against ‘uncertainties’ and ‘crisis points’ which gives it a different edge. Gold, also behaves differently because of its’ usage as money, as ‘a store of value’, for many centuries for both individuals and countries.
Due to the ‘meaningless’ monetary policies of the various global Central Banks, gold will follow its’ unique behaviour. I have explained this earlier and my models have been very timely in forecasting the turning points.
Gold will have a one-way move higher with many corrective phases on its’ impulsive new uptrend, therefore, I always keep my subscribers immediately informed so as they know when to make the next profitable trades of both gold and silver. The next trade I feel is just around the corner.
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