Gold's Inverse Relationship To The U.S. Dollar Looks To Be Decoupling

Feb. 23, 2020 1:20 PM ETGLD, IAU, PHYS, SGOL, BAR, GLDM, AAAU, OUNZ, QGLDX, PHYS:CA71 Comments
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  • We have long held the view that gold's fortunes were inversely linked to the US Dollar.
  • A comparison chart clearly shows that gold is making good progress despite the US Dollar also doing very well.
  • There are signs that the global economy is slowing down so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the US reduce rates to zero before this year ends.
  • If negative rates become the norm and it costs money to hold currencies, then we would expect investors to reallocate their funds to some form of hard asset such as gold.


We have long held the view that gold's fortunes were inversely linked to the US Dollar, as the Dollar strengthened, gold weakened and so on. Today, we will take a quick look at that relationship to ascertain if that premise still holds true.

The Gold Chart

The following is a chart of gold's progress spanning a period of 18 months which shows the value of gold rising from around the $1,200.00/Oz level to the $1,600.00/Oz. A couple of corrections have taken place along the way which always causes indigestion in the precious metals space as the well-known ‘Wall of Worry’ had to be climbed.

Last year ended well with gold rallying through December; however, at the start of this year, gold looked sluggish and seemed unable to gain any real traction. Although, it should be noted that over the last few days, gold has taken a peek above the $1,600.00/Oz level.

The US Dollar Chart

The following chart depicts the oscillations of the US Dollar over last 18 months where the ‘97’ level acted as both a resistance level and a support level. However, the Dollar has managed to rise from around the 95 level to today’s highs of 99 with a possible breach of the 100 level in the near term.

The technical indicators such as the STO, MACD and RSI are firmly in the overbought zone, suggesting that there might be a pullback in the near term. This of course is not a given as the other major currencies, such as the Euro have fallen dramatically of late, partly due to the UK's exit from the European Union which renders the future of both parties uncertain.

The Gold/Dollar Comparison Chart

This chart clearly shows that gold is making good progress despite the US Dollar also doing very

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