Dollar Retest

I haven’t spent much time talking about retests in the past but because the dollar is in the process of one, I thought this would be a good time to do some teachin’ to ya’all. Quite often, after a long consolidation and breakout, an investment will struggle after the breakout and then fall back to retest the original breakout level. The reasons for this are numerous and I will leave them to another post but for now the key is recognition and the understanding this is a normal occurrence and provides an objective entry for those not already invested.

Using the US Dollar chart below you can see the dollar consolidated between the lower and upper blue (support and resistance) lines for almost 2 years before it broke out higher and peaked the first week of this year. Since that time it has fallen back to the original upper blue line which has flipped from resistance to now becoming support.

Bay area best independent, fee only investment CFP - 2-1-17 - USD

If you are a new reader you may be wondering why I spend so much time on watching the dollar. As investors we are very interested in what the dollar does because it can have a dramatic effect on other assets including bonds, stocks, commodities, energy, etc. Most global commodities are priced in dollars. Because the dollar is now sitting on support combined with the fact it is still in a long term uptrend, we must give the benefit of doubt that this will resolve to the upside.  But we also know there are no guarantees so you need to have a plan in case this thesis is wrong. 

If the dollar were to break down below support and move substantially back into the prior consolidation area, I would view this as a very bearish signal and the potential signal the uptrend is over (and my prior blog post declaration of our next stop for the dollar of 108 being wrong).  There is a saying in TA that states “from false breaks come big moves” and means that when an investment breaks out of consolidation, does not hold and falls back, it usually leads to big moves in the other direction. While the odds are not in stacked in the favor of that happening, if it does, the ramification for investors could be huge.