The US Dollar Index (USDI) bottomed in September a hair below 91.00 and has recently rallied up to 94. We were skeptical Gold would break its 2016 highs as it failed to show strong performance in the wake of the USDI’s decline to new lows. The market was discounting a coming rebound in the USDI and/or future weakness in Gold. In any event, although the USDI broke key levels which leave its bull market in question, it became quite oversold and was due for a sustained rebound.
First let’s look at the big picture with a monthly bar chart and the 40-month moving average. As you can see, the 40-month moving average has been an excellent trend indicator and especially since the mid 1990s. The USDI lost that support in July and in addition, made a lower low. Neither happened during the previous two bull markets.
When comparing the bull market to the recent two bull markets we find that the recent correction began at the point at which the other two bull markets advanced toward their inevitable peaks.