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AUD/USD 2018 Forecast Includes a Smooth Start and Rough Finish

AUD/USD 2018 Forecast Includes a Smooth Start and Rough Finish

Jeremy Wagner, CEWA-M, Head of Education


As we peer across the horizon of a new calendar year, it appears as though AUD/USD may be rising towards a longer-term top. The Elliott Wave models we are following suggest AUD/USD may continue to rise in the first part of 2018 with a longer-term reversal taking place on a mild break above 81 cents. There are several wave relationships showing up near 82 cents that may act as the reversal zone.

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We think AUD/USD has been slopping higher in a complex wave that began September 2015. We are labelling the pattern as w-x-y (Expanded Flat-Triangle-Zigzag). It appears as though AUD/USD is carving out a terminal wave of the bullish zigzag. The zigzag would subdivide as a 5-3-5 wave sequence that began in May 2017.

Since waves (a) and (b) are completed, that means AUD/USD has begun its climb in a wave (c). We can anticipate the (c) wave of the zigzag to subdivide as a diagonal or impulse wave. The sharp rise over the past few days tips the scales towards the (c) wave carving as an impulse wave. Once this impulse terminates, then we will be on the lookout for a large top and large sell-off in the last part of 2018.

There are multiple wave relationships appearing near 82 cents that may aid in the reversal. First, wave (c) of the zigzag is equal to wave (a) of the zigzag near .8229. Secondly, wave ‘y’ of the complex correction is equal in length to wave ‘w’ near .8266. It is quite common in Elliott Wave Theory for alternating waves to be equal to one another.

Bottom line, the Elliott Wave pattern indicates we could see gains in AUD/USD for the first part of 2018. If AUD/USD is able to climb to 82 cents, we will be looking for signs of a longer-term top and bearish reversal.

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AUD/USD Elliott Wave Count December 2017

---Written by Jeremy Wagner, CEWA-M

Jeremy is a Certified Elliott Wave Analyst with a Master’s designation. Jeremy provides Elliott Wave analysis on key markets as well as Elliott Wave educational resources.

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