16.08.2023 – The recovery has failed to materialize: The Nasdaq 100 has been sending bearish signals for weeks. A recapture of the long-term uptrend remains ambitious.

August has not been good for the bulls so far. Or is it just a bear trap? We shall see. In any case, the index has not recaptured the abandoned long-term uptrend in recent days. Since December of last year and the then intermediate low at 10,687 points, the high-tech index had run continuously upwards. Here in the daily chart a section of the upward trend since May. With a lot of imagination and a little artistic license, a double top can also be identified, that is the double line above – but at least a strong resistance zone at 16,061.


Source: Bernstein Bank GmbH

The ruble had already made strong gains shortly after the Ukraine invasion – from 138 it went down to 52 rubles per greenback. This was due to a fireworks display of countermeasures by the Russian state and central bank, which now seems to have burned off. Strict capital controls, rapidly rising energy prices and a collapse in imports to Russia had initially strengthened the ruble. Plus, of course, a hefty interest rate hike: shortly after the invasion began, the central bank had raised its key rate from 9.5 to 20 percent on Feb. 28, 2022. Then it went back down again. And this July, the central bank raised its key interest rate from 7.5 to 8.5 percent.

Fewer petrodollars
Now, however, things look bleak for the ruble. The cost of war is rising. Western sanctions are taking effect. India or China are getting discount prices on oil and gas. In 2022, Russia’s foreign trade surplus had risen to a record $332 billion. But it has fallen by 80 percent, according to the central bank. Russia’s state budget closed with a deficit of 2.6 trillion rubles, or about 26 billion euros, in the first half of the year. Moscow just reported a budget deficit for the eighth month in a row.

There are also problems in politics. It was not only the strange Prigozhin coup in June that first exposed cracks in the system. At the end of June, even oligarch Oleg Deripaska criticized the invasion of Ukraine as a “colossal mistake” – and the Rusal boss spoke of a “war.” Which usually results in immediate imprisonment.

Haishenwai, Kuyedao and Xing’an
Foreign policy standoffs are also taking place. Turkey has visibly moved away from Russia with the NATO release of Finland and Sweden and the release of Ukrainian soldiers from the Azov regiment-perhaps only for now, perhaps forever.
Beijing, too, is by no means unconditionally on Moscow’s side. As early as April, the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” pointed out an interesting detail from China. According to a ministerial decree, Russia’s Pacific metropolis Vladivostok must now be called “Haishenwai” again on Chinese maps. Sakhalin Island must be called “Kuyedao”. And the Stanovoi Mountains “Outer Xing’an Mountains”. It looks like Beijing never accepted the loss of its territories to Russia and the “unequal treaties” of the 19th century. Who knows – maybe Chinese tanks will roll into Siberia someday.

Our conclusion from all this: The ruble remains a seismograph for the state of Russia. But a lasting recovery can only be expected if Russia is reintegrated into the global economy. If Russia prevails in the trench warfare in Ukraine, enough Western companies will be ready to invest in the Russian Federation again. We are curious to see what will happen next and wish successful trades and investments!


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