Will Gold Continue to Strengthen Versus Cryptos?

Carl Swenlin

Carl Swenlin


This is an excerpt from today's subscriber-only "DecisionPoint Weekly Wrap":

It has long been our belief that gold should be doing a lot better, considering the reckless spending and borrowing that is currently in progress. We have also believed that billions of dollars being diverted into Bitcoin (and other cryptos) is the reason for gold's poor performance. In his recent The 10th Man newsletter, Jared Dillion included a chart showing the relative strength of gold versus Bitcoin that offered hope that this detrimental trend may be about to reverse. Here is our version of that chart. Note the rounded bottom forming this year, the result of sudden crypto weakness versus relatively steady gold prices. No guarantees, but we think that the rounded bottom is more promising than the spike bottom we saw in 2017. Let's take a look at Bitcoin and Gold next.

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Bitcoin has been in decline since mid-April, and this week some major selling took place. Intraday on Wednesday, Bitcoin was down nearly -55% from its April top. The rounded top formed over the last several months looks like a major top. Reported on Fox Business: "The IRS disclosed Thursday 'businesses that receive crypto assets with fair market value of more than $10,000' will need to be reported." We can be sure more regulation of crypto is on the way, and that will not be favorable to crypto prices moving higher. Is crypto becoming a crypt?


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 5/3/2021

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 5/21/2021

GOLD Daily Chart: We are declaring an LT Trend Model BUY signal as of today. The 50-EMA is just a hair away from crossing up through the 200-EMA. Technically, we should wait for the actual crossover to change the signal, but price is well above the moving averages, and the crossover should happen Monday. Might as well anticipate it.

It is obvious that the rising trend for gold from the March low is accelerating. That, combined with this week's breakout, could result in some snapback or consolidation soon.

GOLD Weekly Chart: A breakout and a solid weekly PMO bottom and crossover BUY signal are most encouraging.


Happy Charting!

- Carl

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Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More