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Is U.S. Dollar The New Gold?

By NAGA (Michalis Efthymiou)Market OverviewSep 16, 2022 05:01AM ET
www.investing.com/analysis/is-us-dollar-the-new-gold-200629927
Is U.S. Dollar The New Gold?
By NAGA (Michalis Efthymiou)   |  Sep 16, 2022 05:01AM ET
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The US dollar is again on the rise, So much so that Citigroup has advised that “the dollar is the only place to hide.” So, what is causing the dollar's rally?

Well, there are a few reasons. The first and most apparent is the rise in interest rates. The Federal Reserve’s rate has increased from 0.25 to 2.5% in a short period.

This means that investors are likely to earn more interest in dollars.

As a result, the currency's demand is likely to increase. Secondly, the US dollar is a “safe haven asset,” meaning that investors turn to it while other investments underperform or appear at risk.

Finally, the US economy has shown strong resilience and is not at geopolitical risk like the UK and EU.

This morning, the US dollar index increased by a further 0.16% and is close to its yearly price high. The price is currently at 109.90, which is 0.31 points lower than the yearly high.

However, the rise in the value of the US dollar has resulted in the price drop of US stock indices and commodities. Gold declined by 2.22% and crude oil by 4.5%.

S&P 500 - Technical View

The S&P 500 declined by 1.61% during yesterday’s trading session and opened on a negative price gap. The price gap indicates the magnitude of sellers in the market who currently have control.

The price has continued to decline during this morning’s futures market. It is now below all moving averages, and the volume weighted average price.

Momentum indicators have also crossed downwards, signaling downward trends, but traders should be careful about their entry and exit and volatility.

S&P 500 price chart.
S&P 500 price chart.

The index is being pressured by the monetary policy, which is predicted to continue increasing over the next three months.

As the economy has remained resilient, as seen in yesterday’s economic releases, most economists believe that a “hard landing” may be required to lower inflation.

A hard landing means worsening economic conditions such as low demand and higher unemployment.

The Fed has previously advised that they are willing to consider this as they believe high inflation is a higher risk than a hard landing.

Another issue for the stock market is the rise in bond yields. Some may be wondering how these two asset categories are connected. Think of it this way; the two assets compete with each other for investors.

If bond yields increase, more people will be tempted to invest in bonds rather than stocks. Bonds are also considered to be much safer than stocks.

The United States 10-Year bonds reached a yield of 3.433%, which is already very close to the June record of 3.479%.

Similarly, the US 20-Year bond has already surpassed this maximum, with the highest yield this year at 3.758%.

GBP/USD - Technical View

The GBP/USD is declining significantly this morning compared to other US dollar currency pairs. This indicates a weakness in the Pound in addition to the strengthening US dollar.

The stochastic oscillator has crossed downwards, indicating a potential downtrend. The exchange rate has now crossed onto a 32-year low.

GBP/USD price chart.
GBP/USD price chart.

The US dollar has been supported by the higher-than-expected inflation figures from earlier this week. But in addition to this, the US dollar found support in positive economic releases from yesterday afternoon.

The Retail Sales figure came in at 0.3% for August, up from –0.4% in July. Additionally, the Import Price Index (MPI) decreased by 1.0% and 1.6% for export, which is better than the reduction of 3.7% a month earlier.

Today the market will turn its attention to the Preliminary Consumer Confidence Index, which also can influence The US dollar.

Is U.S. Dollar The New Gold?
 

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Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Sep 18, 2022 6:06PM ET
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As far as I know gold can not be created out of thin air... unlike dollars... lol
EL LA
EL LA Sep 16, 2022 11:17AM ET
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The USD is a note of debt. The underlying US households have suffered a staggering loss of wealth because of the recent actions of the Fed. The tone deaf Fed is causing the massive loss of investment wealth, a worsening real estate plunge, and a troubling loss of confidence in the economy. It's as bad as it was during the worst lows of the Covid pandemic. Christmas layoffs should be making a big comeback too. Got gold?!
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