After four months or so of trading in a tight range, it seems like the dollar is well and truly on the move! Of course, there is no guarantee that this will continue over the coming weeks and months, but nevertheless we think that it’s important to understand the ironic and paradoxical reasons for a strengthening dollar (against some of the other sinking currencies of the world). Rather than repeating what has been said here on greshams-law.com over the past few months, I thought I’d present a few articles that may be of interest now that the dollar is on the rise!

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It would seem that words scarcely keep their original forms once they enter the realm of the herd. The crowd, drunk on the democratically affirmed power of consensual opinion, seeks to twist terminology so as to justify its prejudices with immediate and unthinking effect. ‘You’re a capitalist’, they say, ‘so surely you’re a proponent of the current failed system!’ ‘I’m a capitalist’, some proclaim, ‘and so I obviously believe in a centrally planned monetary system of course!’. Here I quote a telling passage from Gustav Le Bon’s book; The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind.

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If we had to choose to indulge in just one form of pseudo financial mysticism, we would undoubtedly go for the view that financial assets tend to move in generational cycles.  In short, we believe that nothing is more conducive to action than good old muscle memory. Here, I explain why the recent crash in the array of ‘risk assets’ is corroborating our hunch about the generational nature of trends in financial assets. Moreover, I consider one way in which widespread apathy towards speculation may come to pass.

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Mr Doubter, otherwise known as the child who pointed out the Emperor’s lack of clothes, has always played a key role in monetary affairs. However, the tools with which he has done his doubting have evolved over time. Here, I detail the means by which alert speculators have questioned the currency systems of the past, and the means by which they question the irredeemable fiat currency systems of today.

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There is scarcely an endeavor awash with more debate, allure, dogma and contempt than the business of financial speculation. The entire investment community is often derided as ‘just a bunch of gamblers’, the most successful speculators are often dismissed as ‘lucky’ and the very pursuit has even been likened to prancing around a fire with two horns on one’s temples. Naturally, we beg to differ. Here, I refute some of these commonly held misconceptions and outline our perception of the rudimentary source of consistent speculative gains.

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A few weeks back, we mentioned that ’we would embrace [a short-term higher high in the dollar index] as an opportunity to take part on the long-side‘. The dollar index has come under some pressure over the past week, so just in case any of our readers were wondering if we’ve changed our minds completely, I thought I’d highlight why we’re sticking to our long dollar position for now (even though the immediate price action hasn’t corroborated this view yet). In the process of outlining our view, I’ll go over our philosophy on currency speculation and consider the breaking correlation between the dollar price of the Euro and the dollar price of gold.

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As our readers may know, we’re suckers for the theory that markets move in generational cycles. The basic idea is that the knee-jerk reaction is often the strongest one and that investors have a tendency to ‘stick to what they know’. The length of the prime of one generation’s career seems to be a suitable period of time for such ‘things that people know’ to become firmly lodged. Ironically, such lodging is a dire circumstance in a business that amounts to pseudo-futurology. More specifically we might say that investors often become convinced that strong and persistent price trends of the past are a matter of permanence (particularly if the entirety of their career confirms that intellectual conviction). Extrapolation is the name of the consensual speculator’s game, and so, anti-extrapolation must be the name of ours! Timing, as we all know, is incredibly difficult when it comes to the speculative financial markets. However, here I’ll endeavor to speculate as to when the gold bull market might go into ‘mania mode’.

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