(Reuters) –
Another deflationary wave of global credit strains, heralded by the
Greek debt crisis, will broadly punish riskier assets, technical analyst
Robert Prechter said on Friday.

U.S. stock markets will erase
their past six months of gains "in a matter of weeks," said Prechter,
president of research company Elliott Wave International, in
Gainesville, Georgia and known for predicting the 1987 stock market

Investors should opt for the
safest possible investments, putting their money in very short-term
Treasury bills or cash, he said, reiterating this long-expressed
preference based on the expectation of long-term economic weakness.

Prechter maintained his call, made in
January, that the dollar should continue gaining against the euro for
about a year.

The euro hit a
14-month low against the dollar this week on investorsconcern about
the crisis in Greece and some other heavily indebted European countries.

In a telephone interview with Reuters,
Prechter also predicted a "dramatic widening" of U.S. corporate bond
yield spreads over Treasuries, which he said has already started.

Over the next few months, junk bond spreads
are likely to widen substantially, he said. Over the next six years, as
the U.S. economy weakens and more corporations and municipalities
default, spreads will widen further as prices of corporate and municipal
bonds fall, he said.

Prechter has
previously said he believes the 2007-2009 markets crisis and U.S.
recession were harbingers of a severe, longer economic downturn. His
book "Conquer the Crash," first published in 2002, warned about the
dangers of a deflationary depression. Prechter maintains the U.S.
economy will struggle for years to come.

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