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Swiss Franc & Gold

Technical Analyst & Editor
April 2, 2005


Most articles on gold mention the inverse relationship between gold and the dollar, or the lockstep relationship between gold and the Euro, very few talk about Swiss franc. Those who have read my articles in the past know that I prefer SF over Euro as a tracking indicator for gold. Because like gold, the Euro has been heavily sold short by the commercials in the past four years, with no net long positions ever taken since this new bull market began. SF meanwhile has been hedged both from the long and short side, correlating closely to the price movement of the bullion.

The Charts

CNL - commercials net long

CNS - commercials net short

The SF price chart is as pretty as the gold chart. All pullbacks are supported by the 200ema, where commercials switch to net long. And when the commercials switch to net short, its profit taking time. How do they correlate with the bullion?

Pretty good wouldn't you say? And with gold stocks?

Simple, isn't it?

The same with most precious metal mutual funds.


Perhaps someone in the know can explain why SF tracks bullion so perfectly, and why commercials hedge both ways in SF and yet not in Euro or bullion. As a technician, I'll work this model to death until it doesn't work anymore and leave the story to the story tellers.


Jack Chan at

2 April 2005

Jack Chan is the editor of Simply Profits, established in 2006. Chan bought his first mining stock, Hoko Exploration, in 1979, and has been active in the markets for the past 37 years. Technical analysis has helped him filter out the noise and focus on the when, and leave the why to the fundamental analysts. His proprietary trading models have enabled him to identify the NASDAQ top in 2000, the new gold bull market in 2001, the stock market top in 2007, and the US dollar bottom in 2011.

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