Coming into the year, the most important chart I was watching was the US Dollar. As far as risk appetite was concerned, I felt the Dollar would be a great tell. The way I saw it, the Dollar rallied throughout 2018 to achieve its upside objective and then broke the uptrend line from those former lows. If we were to just rip through those key levels without at least some kind of pause or consolidation, it would most likely be because of a tremendous flight to safety. Stocks would probably be doing poorly under those conditions.
But flip that thesis upside down, and a weaker Dollar would most likely mean strength in stocks. This is exactly what we’ve seen throughout January = A weaker Dollar and higher stock prices: [Read more…]
This is the video recording of the January 2019 Conference Call.
In the final Chart of the Week for 2018, we looked at the US Dollar reaching a key upside objective and then rolling over to finish the year on a sour note. I started out my Q1 2019 Playbook emphasizing the importance of the US Dollar Index in 2019 and I think we’re already seeing the implications of a weaker Dollar. I also think this trend is likely to remain in place.
The way we saw it, if the US Dollar were to just break through these levels, without even acknowledging it, then there is most likely a severe flight to safety away from stocks and that’s why the Dollar is getting bid up. The counter-argument there is that if the Dollar is weakening, stocks would most likely do well in that environment. That has been our thesis coming into the year. [Read more…]
USD/INR is at an important inflection point that should set the tone for this pair in 2019. Here’s what we’re watching for clues into its next major move. [Read more…]
As we wrap up 2018, it’s time to forget everything that happened this quarter and this year and start from scratch. It’s irrelevant. We’re moving forward with fresh eyes. This is our Q1 2019 Playbook.
This is one of my favorite things to do: Forget everything that happened this quarter and this year and start from scratch. It doesn’t matter what we did or how we felt in 2018. It’s irrelevant. We’re moving forward. This is my Q1 2019 Playbook.