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March 2, 2017 | Relative Performance: Commodities & the Dollar

Jack has over 20 years experience in the currency, equity, and futures arena. He is an investment advisor who has held key positions in brokerage, money management, trading, and research. Jack is founder and president of Black Swan Capital LLC. He was also founder of Ross International Asset Management (specializing in global stock, bond, and currency asset management for retail clients) and General Manager of Plexus Trading (specializing in currency futures and commodities trading).


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Relative Performance:  Commodities & the Dollar

If, the fifth and final wave rally of the US dollar bull market, which began back in 2008, is underway [and for the record we have been showing this setup for a long time; and granted, we need a move back above the old high at 103.82 to add more confidence]…

…then, based on this longer term regression of the trend (chart next page), it doesn’t look good for commodities relative performance…

And this underperformance in commodities has been quite clear when compared to stocks (but then again almost everything has underperformed that rocket ship to be fair)…

Putting the dollar bull market into perspective (chart next page), even a rally in the dollar index to 111 (as shared in the chart on page 1) falls well short of the prior peak near 120 (E-Greed Era), and far below the 164 bull market high near during the Reagan administration [Volker Kills Inflation Era].

So, I guess I am saying a dollar index rally to 111 isn’t an extraordinary expectation.  It would still maintain the pattern of lower highs and lower lows for the index in this period of extraordinary credit expansion.

I realize there are a lot of people still making the case for gold.  Oil’s case is a bit more precarious given supply numbers and ability for supply to ramp up so quickly.  The rationale for wanting something real in a world in which is seems paper and risks are everywhere is natural.  But the correlation continues to suggest if the dollar goes higher then gold and oil probably head lower…

So, as they say: Step right up and place your bets!  The wheel is spinning…


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Jack Crooks

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March 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Black Swan Currency Currents

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