Gold vs. US$/1999-2001
Trader Scott’s Market Blog
January 2, 2017
We hear a lot of stories about the relationship between the US$ and gold. I have tried to debunk some of them. There is certainly a relationship between the two, but the correlation is far from exact. First let’s take a look at the big picture US$ and gold. Look at where gold and the $ were in 1999. And then compare it to we are now. Not a great correlation. Certainly part of the situation was the huge 19 1/2 year bear market/trading range into the 1999 low which is a reason for the inexact correlation. That bottoming process set off a huge bull run into September 2011 of almost 8x. Gold was incredibly cheap around year 2000, as many miners were one year ago, and still are. There’s a lot of work, planning, and analyzing that goes into this than just the ridiculous notion of gold is the reverse side of the US$.
Here’s a detailed view of the bottoming process in gold from the initial July 1999 low (#1), and then comparing it to the topping process in the $ in the same time frame. We can then use this for the current time frame – not as an exact blueprint, but as a general roadmap of what has actually occurred in the past in major bottoming and topping processes. We will hear many different viewpoints of what gold (supposedly) does vs. the $, but here is what has actually happened. There are several things to notice. The initial 1999 low in gold was at around $250, and yet the Dollar Index (#1) then was almost exactly where it is today. Gold hit it’s intraday low in 1999, well before the $ preliminary topping process (#4) began. The big upthrust and major signs of strength (SOS) (#2 and #3) occurred well before the topping process in the $. The topping process in the $ really took hold around #5, while gold continued to drift lower – rallies and reactions/retesting. And gold’s final retests (#7 and #8), with volatility picking up, and yet the US$ still went to another new high within its’ topping process. And that is important, because gold can bottom before the actual intraday high in the $ bull market being set – as long as the topping process has begun, So then after #8, there are three more powerful SOSes which showed up over the next year. It’s important to note, a big sign of strength is warning of a change of character in a market, almost like a “confirmation” of where a market is eventually headed later. But at the same time, they perversely are also a warning of an impending shorter term top to appear soon. And these reactions usually retest back down to, or below, where the SOS started. At #10, when the US$ did its’ final retest high in the topping process, look at where gold was. It was already ‘sniffing out” the new $ bear market. That $ topping process took arond 24 months to unfold.
The situation in the $ now compared to 2000 is quite similar. Both of them had large accumulation areas, preceding the bull, of about 8 years. They both then rallied and began trading in this range between 103-90, including a large reaction down to set a spring low. But there are some big differences. The US/global debt situation, and the bank derivatives situation was much smaller in 2000. And in 2000, bonds were still in a massive bull market. These will all have big effects on all markets, not just currencies. There is tremendous bullishness right now in the $ right as it’s sitting in a pretty big resistance zone. There is also a lot of hope in the new Administration. There was a lot of hope 16 years ago for the previous Republican Administration of George (Hanging Chad) Bush, but that didn’t stop the $ from putting in a major top. I would expect a similar situation early on with this President-elect. Gold will begin to “sniff out” a topping process in the $, and it will begin take pressure off of it.
Trader Scott has been involved with markets for over twenty years. Initially he was an individual floor trader and member of the Midwest Stock Exchange, which then led to a much better opportunity at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. By his early 30’s, he had become very successful in markets, but a health situation caused him to back away from the grind of being a full time floor trader. During this time away from markets, Scott was completely focused on educating himself about true overall health and natural healing which remains a passion to this day.Scott returned to markets over fifteen years ago where he continues as an independent trader.