Today another piece fell into place in my Grand Inflation scenario that I’m expecting for 2014.
Before I begin let me recap. My overarching driver for the Grand Inflation scenario is that the dollar would have some kind of crisis, or semi-crisis late this year as it drops down into its major three year cycle low. All other stock and commodity movements will be driven by this impending currency crisis.
For stocks, I’m expecting a final bubble phase parabolic spike over the next 4-5 months, followed by a devastating crash as the parabola collapses in June or July.
For commodities I’m expecting a stealth rally for another month-month and a half, followed by a super spike inflationary phase in the latter half of the year as the dollar collapse reaches maximum intensity.
Today the dollar broke through its intermediate trend line confirming that an intermediate degree decline is now in progress.
Since this intermediate cycle topped on week two in a left translated manner, the odds are very high that the dollar is going to break below the October low before this intermediate cycle bottoms. I’m actually expecting another test of the megaphone topping pattern trend line before this intermediate cycle bottoms sometime in March or early April.
The real damage is yet to come later in the year though.
The next component is the stock market. The movement in stocks over the next 4-5 months is a very important component for the Grand Inflation to unfold. Stocks must enter a final parabolic, melt up, bubble phase during the first half of this year. The very mild intermediate cycle low that bottomed last week has set the stage for this scenario to begin. In only five days the NASDAQ 100 has already moved back to new highs. This confirms my expectation that we are going to see the NASDAQ test the all-time highs above 5000 before this cyclical bull market comes to an end.
At that point the parabolic advance in the stock market will experience its initial collapse, and I expect the S&P will crash at least back to the 2000/2007 support zone at 1550. This is another critical component for the Grand Inflation to unfold as it will cause Yellen to panic, reverse the taper, and probably initiate QE5 & 6. This won’t reflate the broken parabola but it will trigger a reaction rally before the collapse continues into a massive bear market that will bottom below 666 sometime in early to mid 2016.
QE 5 & 6 will be the final nail in the coffin for the dollar, and will trigger a full break of the megaphone top. I expect a move below the 2011 and 2008 bottoms before the dollar completes its final three year cycle low.
Commodity markets have already begun the stealth rally that I was looking for during the first half of this year. They successfully tested the 2012 three year cycle low and have now broken through the multiyear downtrend line. The Grand Inflation has begun.
During this stealth rally I’m expecting gold to test the initial April breakdown at 1520 over the next 1-2 months.
That should push sentiment levels to bullish extremes from their current depressed levels, triggering an intermediate degree profit taking event into May or June as the stock market finishes its final parabolic blowoff top.
As you can see silver sentiment is already recovering nicely and today’s move will likely push sentiment to levels next week requiring the metals to pullback and take a breather.
Over the next 4-5 months the easy money is going to be playing the final bubble phase in the stock market. Bubble tops don’t come around very often, but when they do traders can make an obscene amount of money in a short period of time.
Once the stock market bubble pops, and Yellen starts QE5 that’s the point at which the Grand Inflation will begin in earnest, and I believe gold will probably rocket from an intermediate bottom of around 1350-1400 this summer, to test $2000 by the end of the year. This is the phase where the metals become the “easy trade”.
Over the next couple of months everything should generally rise together. But once the dollar puts in an intermediate bottom sometime in March or April, commodities and gold will move down into and intermediate correction as the stock market completes its final blowoff top. After the stock market parabola collapses later this summer it will be time to put the pedal to the metal in the commodity markets, and especially the precious metal markets as the Grande Inflation begins in earnest.