[Note: stock market update is posted below this article]
The G20 met this weekend and announced that later this week it will detail plans to recapitalize Europe’s banks and install a “firewall” to protect the rest of the Eurozone from Greece’s problems. (However, there was no mention of what steps, if any, the G20 will take to protect the rest of us from the after-effects of Greek Ouzo — so it’s hard not to consider the summit a miserable failure.) France and Germany are under the gun this week to try to resolve their differences and come up with a “comprehensive plan” to resolve the sovereign debt crisis.
Will the new plan work?
The dollar chart is strongly suggesting that, whatever this forthcoming plan may entail, the market won’t like it. On September 3rd, just before the dollar rally started, I presented a very long term chart of the dollar in which I suggested that the 2008 print low marked the end of a multi-century correction which began at the dollar’s inception. I further suggested that a rally in the dollar was imminent. This prediction has indeed come to fruition, which gives me greater confidence in my count and view of the dollar’s current position.
The chart below suggests that the dollar is in the process of basing Minute Wave ii, which should lead to a strong third wave rally. The current wave ii-down has satisfied its expected requirements, and could base at any time, but short-term charts suggest the base may come later in the week (perhaps coincident with the Eurozone announcement?). This has been one of the things which has long fascinated me about Elliott Wave: the charts almost always seem to lead the news. France and Germany themselves may not even know yet what their new plan will be, but the charts seem to think it will be disappointing. It will be very interesting to watch what happens here.
Gold, on the other hand, looks like it needs another move to the downside — not surprising, if the dollar is on the verge of a big rally. Gold currently appears to be in a fourth wave. Fourth waves are complicated sideways affairs, and difficult to predict short-term. My chart isn’t intended to indicate what’s going to happen today, it’s a more intermediate picture.
The long-term gold chart is a little trickier to interpret, and certainly much less clear than the dollar. My preferred view is that gold has topped, and will now correct for some time to come. However, I consider this probability only slightly more likely than my alternate view that we have only topped Wave 3, meaning this correction will ultimately pay off the gold bulls who are accumulating long-term positions. So, since the big picture on gold is a bit hazy, for the time being, I am focussing on the closer time frames. Over the near-term (the next several weeks), it appears gold needs one more leg lower into the yellow target box, to complete an a-b-c off the 1917 high. This move should be followed by a nice rally:
The position of the dollar, which appears poised to launch a massive multi-year rally, is one of the circumstantial factors that leads me to favor the view that the recent highs in gold may hold for some time to come. However, in particular with gold, I feel I need to see a few more waves in order to make an accurate long-term call. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and if, at some point in the future, the dollar and gold begin rising in tandem.