The U.S. Dollar Index ($USD) has been in a strong downtrend for over a year. It’s fallen over 5% in just the past two months.

When we looked at the dollar earlier this month, we noted the index was headed toward its September low at about 91 (the second horizontal red line on the chart below). And we cautioned that, if that level did not hold as support, then there was a lot more room to fall before the dollar reached its next support level.

Well… look out below. Here’s an updated look at the chart I showed you in early January…

After a couple of days of trying to gain some footing, $USD turned lower again yesterday. It’s oversold. And investor sentiment (a contrary indicator) is quite bearish on the buck.

That might be enough to cause a short-term bounce. But I don’t think so.

Look at the MACD and RSI indicators at the bottom of the chart. There’s no sign yet of any positive divergence. This tells us the downtrend is strong and likely to continue.

To me, it looks like the dollar is on the verge of a “flush-out” move.

A flush-out is that final, dramatic decline that occurs at the end of a prolonged downtrend. Investor sentiment is usually quite bearish. Technical conditions are almost always oversold. Yet, in spite of all that, the asset still can’t manage to bounce.

That’s when the last of the holdouts finally throw in the towel. They’re exhausted from holding on to a position that does nothing but fall. So, they finally hit the “sell” button.

I expect that’s what will cause the next big drop in the dollar – which should bring $USD to its next support line, about 3% lower from here.

In turn, that action is likely to spark another nice move higher in gold.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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