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A Corrective Decline Approaching Within Gold’s Long-Term Rising Trend

February 23, 2019

On September 4th, 2018, we published an article forecasting that gold was about to start a strong rising trend. Please see: Gold’s Long-Term Trend: Up . At the time, gold was trading at 1206.70. Since then gold has risen to 1347.90. We presented several charts that we follow every day at our website that pointed out reasons we believed a Bullish trend was about to commence.

This weekend we are seeing a top approaching for the first leg up of a new Bull market for Precious Metals and Mining stocks. Again, we visit our key charts and indicators to show why we believe a corrective decline is next, but within a continuing new Bull market.

Before we get into the short-term forecast pointing to this corrective decline, we want to revisit the long-term trend for gold, and why it, along with Silver and Mining stocks, are headed higher over the long term.

Looking at the fundamentals first, there is no stopping the rise in the price of gold. As long as world Central Bankers continue to increase the quantity of fiat currencies, because gold’s production is limited, a simple supply and demand equation predicts gold must go higher. Hyperinflation pushes gold’s value higher. Demand for gold is also increasing as it is a key component of technological electronic products, an increasing product line worldwide. Gold also acts as a safe haven during times of war and political crisis.

The government held the $35 per ounce price until August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, thus completely abandoning the gold standard. FDR tried to balance the amount of printed currency with U.S. Treasury Gold Reserves, limiting the amount of currency. Nixon’s

action meant there is no limit to the printing of U.S. Dollars, and meant gold could rise as high as it wants to, in relation to the quantity of Fiat currency in circulation.

Since 1971, we have seen a meteoric rise in gold’s U.S. Dollar value. Below we show a long-term Elliott wave mapping for gold since 1965. Gold exploded inside a Cycle degree wave I up Bull market that ended in 1980 right above 800. It then corrected that multi-decade Bull market as Cycle degree wave II down worked gold lower through July 1999, bottoming around 250. Since then, Cycle degree wave III up has been driving gold’s valuation higher. Elliott waves must be proportional to each other within a degree of trend. The Bull market in gold from 1999 through September 2011 took gold up to 1,923, but on a logarithmic scale was not proportional to the Bull market through 1980. Neither has been the corrective decline from September 2011 through now here in September 2018. This tells us that the Bull market through 2011 and correction through 2018 are one degree lower than Cycle degree. They are therefore Primary degree moves, wave (1) up and (2) down. What this means, is gold remains inside a powerful Cycle degree wave III up Bull market. Significantly higher upside is coming to gold. Next is Primary degree wave (3) up. This should be impressive.

The big picture shows that gold is rising inside a long-term ascending trend-channel for III Up. The first primary degree leg up, wave (1), topped in September 2011. From then through 2016, gold declined in corrective primary degree wave (2) down. Wave (3) up is now underway. Inside (3) up, wave 1-up and 2-down have completed. Gold has started wave 3-up of (3) up. In the charts we show below, the top we are referring to occurring now is subwave 1-up of 3-up. The corrective decline is subwave 2-down of 3-up, which is next.

But before we show the shorter-term Elliott Wave mapping charts identifying the coming corrective decline, we want to cover a pattern chart that supports the long-term view that gold is in a Bull market.

The next chart below is fascinating and very Bullish. Gold has formed a long-term Inverse Head & Shoulders bottom, with well defined trend-lines acting as boundaries for all the significant bottoms since 2013. Gold fell to the rising bottoms trend-line from its low in 2016. Predictably, that support line of this pattern held beautifully, meaning gold can now enjoy a long and powerful Bull Market. The Upside price target for this pattern is 1,600ish. Before that level is reached, there is a coming corrective short-term decline, the key point of this weekend’s article.

Below we show short-term mapping charts giving a close-up view for Gold, Silver and Mining stocks. Each is completing the first small degree subwave of wave 3-up and is now due for a short-term corrective decline.

Gold prices have a strong correlation with Mining stock prices. At we have developed several proprietary indicators that help us identify when the next significant move is starting for Mining stocks, and in which direction the move will develop. We publish these indicators in every Daily Newsletter to subscribers. When we get new Buy signals in our HUI Mining stock key trend-finder indicators, we will have high confidence the next major Bull market in Mining stocks, as well as gold, is starting.

Let’s examine what those Mining stock key indicators are telling us at this time.

Mining stocks have risen sharply since our two component (The HUI 30 day Stochastic and the HUI Purchasing Power Indicator) HUI key trend-finder indicators generated a Buy signal on January 30th. They remain on a Buy signal, as both the HUI 30 day Stochastic and the HUI Purchasing Power Indicator remain on Buy signals this weekend.

The Purchasing Power Indicator shown below is a momentum measure that identifies when momentum is powerful enough to expect the object in motion, price, to continue in motion, either up or down. It last triggered a Sell signal back on June 14th, 2018 and then triggered a Buy signal on January 29th, 2019 which has led to a strong rally.

The next chart below compares the HUI 10-day average Advance/Decline Line Indicator to the HUI price index. What we are looking for are divergences, either Bullish or Bearish between these two measures. When we spot them, they can be nice early warnings of a coming price trend change.

This Indicator was a key clue for us back in our September 4th, 2018 article where we forecast that Gold, Silver and Mining stocks were about to rally sharply. At that time, in that article, we showed this chart had a significant Bullish divergence. Here is the chart we presented back in September 2018:

However, in this next chart below, we now see a Bearish Divergence between the HUI and its 10 day average Advance/Decline Line Indicator, warning a declining trend is approaching. That trend may be starting now.

The next chart shows our proprietary HUI Demand Power / Supply Pressure Indicator, which gives both Buy and Sell signals.

Mining stocks have risen sharply since the HUI Demand Power / Supply Pressure Indicator generated a Buy signal on January 29th. It remains on a Buy signal.

However, there is a Bearish Divergence between the HUI and its Demand Power Measure, warning of an approaching top and decline to follow.

Once we get new Sell signals in our key indicators, we will have confidence that the corrective decline within the larger degree rising trend will be underway.

What the technical charts and analysis is telling us is that there is an impressive rally phase, a strong Bull market, underway now for gold bugs to enjoy. However, nothing goes straight up, rallies occur in stairstep fashion, and next is a short-term corrective decline.

At McHugh’s Market Forecast Services at we will be watching this development carefully and will report to our Subscribers when the corrective decline is over and a resumption of the rising trend begins. As traders and investors, we want to be ready and not miss this once in a decade opportunity.


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