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September 7, 2019 | Trading Desk Notes – Sept 7th

Victor Adair, author of The Trading Desk Notes, began trading penny mining shares while attending the University of Victoria in 1970. He worked in the mining business in Canada and the Western United States for the next several years and also founded a precious metals trading company in 1974. He became a commodity broker in 1977 and a stock broker in 1978. Between 1977 and his retirement from the brokerage business in 2020 Victor held a number of trading, analytical and senior management roles in Canada and the USA. Victor started writing market analysis in the late 1970’s and became a widely followed currency analyst in 1983. He started doing frequent media interviews in the early 1980’s and started speaking at financial conferences in the 1990’s. He actively trades his own accounts from The Trading Desk on Vancouver Island. His personal website is

The Canadian dollar up a cent this week trading at 76 cents after the Bank of Canada held rates steady on Wednesday and we posted an incredibly strong 81,100 gain in employment for  the month of August. This move higher in CAD brought it to the middle of the small 74 to 77 cent range it has traded within this year. So while CAD has traded slightly higher this year, it hasn’t had much of a move year to date, but that is because we always view CAD against the USD. When the reality is that CAD has been very strong this year. Out of the 30 top global currencies only 2 are stronger than CAD year to date. For example, CAD is at a 9 year high against the Australian dollar and an almost 2 year high against the Euro. This strength in CAD has been on the narrative that the Bank of Canada won’t have to cut rates the same way other central banks around the world have. This stability in policy and still high bond yield (relatively high that is) is likely to keep a bid into CAD. If this narrative holds, it is likely flows will continue into both USD and CAD which could see this period of extremely low volatility in the USD/CAD exchange rate continue. This narrative also shows demand for yield in sovereign debt, as both CAD and the USD are seeing strong bids.




We can see the same thing with Gold. Gold has been incredibly strong this year as we normally view it against the USD. However when looking at gold priced in CAD or EUR it is trading at all-time highs this week. Below are 10yr price charts:





Even more impressive was that Gold hit a new 39 year high against the Japanese Yen and new 6 year highs against the Swiss franc even as these safe haven currencies have been rising over the past 4 months on safe haven flows. Golds out performance against the strongest currencies reinforces the strength behind this move. While this move might be overdone on a short term basis, these strong moves tell me not to be short the precious metals looking for a pullback, but instead use that pullback to get in on the long side.


Looking at markets through a different lens than we normally do can help to explain why a market is moving, for example when you realize that CAD and the USD are moving somewhat in tandem you can analyze the factors thar are aligned and driving the currencies. You can also use a different lens to get sense of moves to come or the strength behind the move. For example gold first started to break out against weaker currencies which may have foreshadowed a move in other currencies and the ability of gold to rally against the strongest currencies show how bullish the move has been and the legs it could have.

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September 7th, 2019

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