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US Presidential Election: Gold Trade Setup

By Kaye Lee on November 1, 2020

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If global markets were not confusing enough, gold is showing a suspicious 11-week retracement in a rising weekly uptrend (see Figure 1). Nonetheless, regardless of whether Trump or Biden wins the election, it seems reasonable that sufficient uncertainty will prevail so that a renewed flight to gold is possible, creating a gold trade setup. The accelerating upward weekly trend thus far shows no sign of truly weakening, although it is admittedly mature.

Key Takeaways

Why a gold trade set up is possible

The different trade options

How this trade can be a hedge for long only equity trade


The accelerating up trend in all its glory

Gold trade setup is attractive at these levels

To develop the premise for a long trade in a weekly uptrend, we turn to Wyckoff. The daily chart (Figure 2 below) shows how there have been overlapping swings in a messy consolidation.

An opportune move

The safest entry point in this situation would be a Wyckoff spring setup. Sellers mistakenly drive price below a previous level of support and meet bullish buyers.

Gold trade setup may break the previous support level

The Blue Box level is 1796.83-1847.56. The lower level is the low of a small consolidation zone. The higher level is the low which needs breaking for the Wyckoffian trade condition to set up.

Keep a flexible mind

Curiously, the ideal trade setup chart for XAUUSD is the daily. The ideal situation would be for the trade to touch and activate the Blue Box, and then provide a candlestick reversal pattern (bullish engulfing, bullish harami or pin bar) to trigger the entry. A trader would be willing to try up to twice to get an entry.

There are only two trading days left to the election results, traders will want have a more hair-trigger entry. In this case, if certain trade conditions are met, you can trade on the four-hourly chart.

Why the four-hourly chart could be interesting

For the intrepid, the four-hourly chart shows an Elliott five-wave pattern developing within the context of an ABCD move. Because the lower timeframes are by definition choppier, it is important that the number of trades be limited.

Gold trade setup is possible of the 4 hour chart

Select the 1828.30-1847.56 zone. The upper level is the same the daily. The lower level is approximately two times the length of AB. It must be assumed that prices are trending too aggressively for the trade to be taken on this timeframe.

As with the daily chart, a bullish candlestick pattern will trigger the entry, and the trader would try twice (in the case of one trade being stopped out). This setup is potentially very lucrative, and acts as a counterpoint to the S&P trade setup previously written about.

Final thoughts…

One would logically expect equity markets to be bullish in the case of a Trump win. A Biden win on the other hand, would drive gold up – making gold as protection a distinct possibility.

However, the current market is not rational.  Both instruments are setting up potential opportunities. This election, more than any other I have called trade setups in, relies heavily upon the chart itself as a gold trade setup.

Further content from Kaye Lee can also be found on his website: Straight Talk Trading

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Kaye Lee

A self proclaimed addict in developing trading systems, Kaye is has developed the Trader Zen Hypnosis Audio Course – the only product of its kind available today – available exclusively to Lazy Traders. Kaye, currently based in south-east Asia, specialises in trading Foreign Exchange, and both trades and consults for a private fund, and is in the process of training an international team of traders.

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Kaye Lee

A self proclaimed addict in developing trading systems, Kaye is has developed the Trader Zen Hypnosis Audio Course – the only product of its kind available today – available exclusively to Lazy Traders. Kaye, currently based in south-east Asia, specialises in trading Foreign Exchange, and both trades and consults for a private fund, and is in the process of training an international team of traders.

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