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Forex: Elliott wave analysis helps me cut to the chase

Fresh insights from Elliott Wave International’s Senior Currency Strategist, Jim Martens

By Elliott Wave International

Jim Martens is one of the few forex Elliott wave instructors in the world and a long-time editor of Elliott Wave International’s forex-focused Currency Pro Service. A sought-after speaker, Jim has been applying Elliott waves since the mid-1980s, including two years at the George Soros-affiliated hedge fund, Nexus Capital, Ltd.

Below is an excerpt from his latest interview. To read the full interview — and get Jim’s latest big-picture forecast for EURUSD, tips on how to learn Elliott fast, and practical ideas on how to treat your forex trading as a business — complete your free Club EWI profile. It only takes 30 seconds.

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Jim, thanks for joining us today. The U.S. dollar recently hit its highest level in many weeks. Were you surprised by that?

Jim Martens: The strength in the U.S. Dollar Index came as no surprise. And that’s not just me bragging. We track its Elliott wave patterns daily, even intraday. Since the dollar’s peak back in March of this year, the decline has taken a decidedly corrective Elliott wave look: The price action has been choppy, overlapping, and generally lacking direction, as you see on the circled portion of the chart below. Any time you see that on a price chart, that’s your first clue that the market must be taking a “breather” before the larger trend resumes. In this case, the larger trend has been higher, so when the dollar popped back up recently, to us it meant that the correction must be over.

For Elliott wave fans among your readers, it looks like the correction since March took the shape of a pattern called a “double zigzag,” labeled in circled green “abc”-“abc” on this chart:

As you can see, we have labeled the entire correction as a wave 4 within a basic 5-wave Elliott wave pattern called an “impulse,” with wave 5 most likely starting now. So, the USDX has higher to go — much higher, in fact, because by the looks of the Elliott wave pattern underway, the latest dollar strength is only the start of the move. We are expecting the Dollar Index to move well above 100.

And, because the U.S. Dollar Index moves inversely to the euro-dollar, looking at a EURUSD chart, we are expecting significant weakness in this key forex pair… [EURUSD chart with a forecast follows — Ed.]

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Forex: “Elliott wave analysis helps me cut to the chase.”. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

Learn Elliott Wave Analysis – Free

Often, basics is all you need to know.

By Elliott Wave International

Understand the basics of the subject matter, break it down to its smallest parts — and you’ve laid a good foundation for proper application of… well, anything, really. That’s what we had in mind when we put together our free 10-lesson online Basic Elliott Wave Tutorial, based largely on Robert Prechter’s classic “Elliott Wave Principle — Key to Market Behavior.” Here’s an excerpt:


Successful market timing depends upon learning the patterns of crowd behavior. By anticipating the crowd, you can avoid becoming a part of it. …the Wave Principle is not primarily a forecasting tool; it is a detailed description of how markets behave. In markets, progress ultimately takes the form of five waves of a specific structure.

The personality of each wave in the Elliott sequence is an integral part of the reflection of the mass psychology it embodies. The progression of mass emotions from pessimism to optimism and back again tends to follow a similar path each time around, producing similar circumstances at corresponding points in the wave structure.

These properties not only forewarn the analyst about what to expect in the next sequence but at times can help determine one’s present location in the progression of waves, when for other reasons the count is unclear or open to differing interpretations.

As waves are in the process of unfolding, there are times when several different wave counts are perfectly admissible under all known Elliott rules. It is at these junctures that knowledge of wave personality can be invaluable. If the analyst recognizes the character of a single wave, he can often correctly interpret the complexities of the larger pattern.

The following discussions relate to an underlying bull market… These observations apply in reverse when the actionary waves are downward and the reactionary waves are upward.

1) First waves — …about half of first waves are part of the “basing” process and thus tend to be heavily corrected by wave two. In contrast to the bear market rallies within the previous decline, however, this first wave rise is technically more constructive, often displaying a subtle increase in volume and breadth. Plenty of short selling is in evidence as the majority has finally become convinced that the overall trend is down. Investors have finally gotten “one more rally to sell on,” and they take advantage of it. The other half of first waves rise from either large bases formed by the previous correction, as in 1949, from downside failures, as in 1962, or from extreme compression, as in both 1962 and 1974. From such beginnings, first waves are dynamic and only moderately retraced.


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  • What the basic Elliott wave progression looks like
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Learn Elliott Wave Analysis — Free. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

EUR/USD: Falling on “Risk Aversion”? Let’s Look at the Timeline First

It’s not the “bad news” from Europe that has been pushing the euro lower
May 19, 2011

By Elliott Wave International

From the May 4 top near $1.4950, the EUR/USD (the euro-dollar exchange rate and the most actively-traded forex pair) has fallen as low as $1.4050 on May 16.

In other words, the dollar has gained 9 full cents on the euro in less than two weeks. That’s a huge move, and people want explanations. And what the media offers boils down to “risk aversion,” in light of “the bad news from Greece.” And that sounds good — until you check the timeline.

The latest wave of trouble in Europe started on May 3, when Portugal asked for a bailout. If you think that event is what pushed forex traders towards “risk aversion” — think again. The euro happily gained against the U.S. dollar the following day, May 4, pushing the exchange rate to that high near $1.50.

And if you think the trouble in Greece pushed the EUR/USD lower — again, please reconsider. Greece made a splash in the news on May 9, when its credit rating was downgraded. But by then the EUR/USD had already fallen some 700 pips, to the mid $1.42 range.

So, as good and logical as all the mainstream stories sound about “risk aversion” and “bad news from Europe,” the timing of events doesn’t fit. What then gave the dollar the strength — and at a time when almost everyone expected it to only fall further?

Believe it or not (and it’s easy to believe it, because, as this example shows, there’s no better explanation) the news doesn’t set broad trends in forex. Collective emotions of forex traders do. In early May, the majority was betting against the dollar. When everyone places their bets and there is no new money left to push the price further, it has no choice but to reverse.

That’s why it pays to be extra cautious in the financial markets when everyone takes the same side of a trade. True, markets can stay overbought or oversold for a while, but the reversal inevitably comes — and the stronger the one-sided conviction, the bigger the reversal.

The advantage Elliott wave analysis gives you is this: Wave patterns in forex charts track the collective mindset of the market players. By anticipating the price points where the Elliott wave pattern should end, you get a pretty good idea of where the trend should stop and reverse.
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline EUR/USD: Falling on “Risk Aversion”? Let’s Look at the Timeline First. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.