The dollar has been one of the biggest contrarian trades I have seen in years. Every time the market is so certain about the direction it will run, it does the exact opposite and often in extreme fashion. In my last weekend update, I noted how we called the multi-year rally off the 2011 lows when the market was expecting the dollar to crash due to all the QE. And, I also noted how the dollar has been moving down after the Fed has raised rates, despite the common expectations that the dollar should rise.
Some days, if you listen really closely, you can almost hear the dollar laughing as it moves “unexpectedly.”
The same has happened with the Chinese Yuan. Recently, China spent 1 trillion US Dollars (a quarter of their FX reserves) over the past 3 years in an attempt to prop up the Yuan. However, the Yuan still lost close to 14% of its value against the USD over this time period. Moreover, our lead analyst of our Forex Service at Elliottwavetrader.net, Michael Golembesky, appropriately advised a short in this market despite the Chinese “intervention.” In fact, Mike and I wrote several public articles on this potential trade. And, as you know, he has been quite successful in that trade, even though most others in the market would not consider such a trade in the face of the unprecedented action by the Chinese government.