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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
January 03 - 2011
Raymond A. Merriman©
The theme of the webcast On Sunday, January 9 will be the U.S. Dollar, and its correlation to other financial markets, vis-a-vis the political and economic climate in 2011 and even into 2015.
On Sunday, January 9, at 1:00 PM, EST (that's 6:00 PM GMT, or 10:00 AM in Los Angeles), I will be giving the annual webcast Forecast (2011) outlook. If you are interested in attending, please log there, and sign up BEFORE 5:00 PM on Friday, January 7. Or call Amber at 1-248-626-3034 to register. We will not be able to get you into the session after that time, so please sign up now if you plan to attend. We anticipate an on-line audience of about 100.
The other thing I want to mention is that there may not be a weekly or daily report out before Sunday night, late. I have to prepare all the charts and slides for the Webcast on Saturday, the day I usually write the weekly report. And so I won't be able to start the weekly and daily reports until* *the webcast, which means late Sunday afternoon.
The Forecast 2014 Book is available for the IPhone 4 and IPad through Itunes. Look up Forecast 2011 on the IBookstore and look forward to a link coming soon on our web site.
It's out !!! The Forecast 2014 Book is out. The hardcover printed version of Forecast 2011 is out in Chinese, Swiss, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian versions. We are pleased to announce that that this year's book may be purchased at these websites and in these languages :
For an updated review on the highlights of the Forecast 2010 Book, visit :
http://www.mmacycles.com/the-news/about-mma/scorecard-for-forecasts-2010. It's even more impressive than first thought.
Note : Happy New Year to everyone. May 2011 bring you good health, happiness, and success in all of your efforts.
The Market Week in Review :
It is the end of the year and the start of a new one.
For Financial Astrologers, 2010 will go down as one of the most powerful years of geocosmic activity in a lifetime, due to the unfolding of the Cardinal Climax. We have not seen anything quite like this planetary arrangement since 1931. Yet it is the just the middle years of this entire 2008-2015 celestial pattern, much like was last present 1928-1934. Specifically it is a T-square involving four of the five outermost planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto).
During the period of time when these planets were in closest proximity to exact aspects with one another (June-August 2010), many financial markets were "unusually uncertain," according the Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Yet it was also a time of extreme weather conditions (drought and heat in Europe, especially Russia), and an abnormal amount of destruction nearby in time due to earthquakes as well as human error leading to natural disasters (The Gulf Oil crisis). But in the end, many financial markets - such as equity markets and commodities - fared very well in 2010. That was all part of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, and for much of the time in the sign of Aries, which represents what we have termed the "Asset Inflation Express." At the time this was forecasted in November 2009 (via the Forecast 2010 Book), very few believed it. By the time we reached June-August 2010, even fewer people believed it. But here we are at the end of the year, and nearly everyone accepts it now. That's the way of any forecasting tool, or leading indicator, which is exactly the function of Financial Astrology.
The niche Financial Astrologers belong too in the panorama of financial analysis is a very small one, indeed. It is not part of the conventional, main stream, accepted forms of financial market analysis, although the value of this form of analysis is growing smartly with many successful traders. Still, the skeptics of "market timing" far outnumber the proponents, which is fine with me because like all things in the financial field, the real success stories are not part of the greater crowd.
Yet one may ask, "Why, if Financial Astrology works and is as valuable as suggested by these columns, is it not more accepted?" There are many explanations. First and foremost, in my mind, is that the community of financial market analysts is dominated by the illusion that "buy and hold" is the best approach for everyone, all of the time. This is misleading, but gains incredible acceptance when equities are bullish, as they are now. This attitude may also be mostly propagated by those who are simply too lazy to learn tools that alert them (and hence their clients) to major changes in trend, especially from bullish to bearish. It is far easier during a sell-off to tell someone, "Don't panic, hold on, and things will return to normal again soon." But emotions play a very big part in the process of buying and selling. And so one wonders why, if they are so brilliant and studied, did they not warn you to sell when things were at the top? Would it have not been better to sell when the Dow Jones was over 13,000 in 2007 and 2008 (the high was 14,198 in October 2007), and then buy back anywhere around 8000 in 2009 (the low was 6470 in March 2009), rather than to carry the positions all the way through? Then bias in the financial community is decidedly bullish and optimistic. Bear markets don't sell for brokerage firms or political incumbents.
The other illusion is "performance results." This factor is even more misleading than the concept of "buy and hold" as the most superior way to approach investments, especially in an astrological climate like the Cardinal Climax, where nothing in the world of finances is really stable and dependable at all. In his latest book, "Don't Count On It," John C. Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, clearly outlines how all the fees, taxes, inflation, etc, grossly distorts the performance records of almost every mutual fund in the universe. Very few -maybe 15% - really outperform the market as claimed, once you take into account all these fees. In other words, the results of performance records cannot be counted on as actual results. Yet this is yet another bias towards over-inflated results that dominates the financial community today, and has for many, many years. There is no way that this community dominance will ever willingly acknowledge something as valuable as "market timing tools, " a recognition that might undermine their dominance. It is somewhat like the AMA (American Medical Association) accepting the potential value of alternative or holistic healing methods, despite promising results of pilot studies in that field.
But let me share with you just one of several appreciative communications I receive from clients who subscribe to MMA daily and weekly reports, which will illustrate the use and value of Financial Astrology as a trading tool over a long time period, and not just short-term. Bryden C. is a successful small business owner from the midwest, USA. He is a very religious man as well, but understands that astrology is not the work of the devil (as some still claim), but rather a study that brings one closer to understanding God than most other studies. He has been a trader for over 20 years. With the advent of ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), he entered a new direction of trading in 2006. He started using our daily and weekly subscription reports to time buy and sell points in ETF's and specific stocks related to the markets we analyze, (one cannot trade commodity futures for a simple IRA account). His IRA account at the start of 2006 was $90,000. But after five years of trading this account, mostly via the input from our reports, it has now grown to $659,000. The credit for this does not go to me as much as it does to Bryden and his use of our timing services, which are based upon the principles of Financial Astrology.
This is only one of several such reports from subscribers over the years. Why do I bring this up now, at the end of 2010? Because it seems that much of the financial community is falling back to the same misleading and even unethical patterns that were engaged in prior to 2008. According to Alan Blinder, former Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in the introduction to Bogle's new book, where he quotes Bogle, "Fiduciary duty is the highest duty known to the law.... It requires, among other things, that the fiduciary 'act at all times for the sole benefit and interest of the principle', and 'never put personal interest before that duty', or 'be placed in a situation where his fiduciary duty to clients conflicts with a fiduciary duty to any other entity." So, before you blindly follow the "wisdom" of someone who represents the conventional financial industry, ask yourself : whose interest does he really represent ? Yours ? Or his own ?.
We are still in the Cardinal Climax as we enter 2011. In fact, we are right in the middle of it, where things can change very quickly. The rules (regulations) indeed are changing rapidly. Things are not as they were before 2008. You have to be sharp. You need to be aware that in such conditions, you will be besieged with misleading information, especially in the disguise of "performance records," and admonitions that "market timing" doesn't work, trading is a fool's errand, and God save your soul if you even consider Financial Astrology.
As we start another New Year, you can be sure of two things from these columns: MMA will continue to act with integrity in its reporting, and MMA will not be part of the crowd that insists that "buy and hold" is always the best policy for everyone, all the time. There is value to trading, to those who are willing to put in the work to learn the methodology. After all, we are Financial Astrologers, and this study is ruled by Uranus. It is not in the DNA of Uranus to follow anyone. The truth is not dependent upon consensus or convention. And it seeks truth, not hype.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
On Tuesday, January 4, the third and final Jupiter-Uranus conjunction takes place. That is a Level One geocosmic signature, denoting the higher-than-usual probability for the completion of primary cycles within 11 trading days. The first two passes were followed by explosive rallies of 1-2 weeks in stocks. However, historically, that is not always the case. There are almost as many crests from which prices fall, as there are troughs from which prices rise. And when it is a crest, it tends to end a stronger cycle than when it is a trough. Right now, prices are rising to their highest level in over 2 years in several world stock indices, like in the USA and Germany. This study would suggest that a sharp decline is due to commence from a crest that happens within 11 trading days of January 4.
Long-Term Thoughts :
To be continued... (next week)
It's out!!! The Chinese, Swiss, Japanese, and Russian versions are also on schedule to be released by December 15. The Dutch and Spanish versions are expected to be out any day now too. Any day now we hope to announce the launch of the electronic book version of Forecast 2011 Book. The final approval is pending. It will be available on Iphone, IPad, and Amazon.com. Please check our website daily at www.mmacycles.com, where we will announce the particulars on how you can order your I-book version of Forecast 2011 just as soon as it is launched!
We have just uploaded one of the chapters from the Forecast 2010 Book on the importance of Jupiter and Uranus together in the Cardinal Climax. It is very pertinent to what is happening today. Click :
http://www.mmacycles.com/articles/articles/jupiter-entering-the-cardinal-climax for a free viewing of this article. An other link is also available ; It's even better then we thought when first reviewed in August. Also interesting is that the huge run up to new yearly highs in world stock indices for the second of this year was covered in the 2010 book. It is all part of the huge "Asset Inflation" described therein.
Also, If all goes well, the launch of the electronic book version of Forecast 2011 Book will take place on Monday, December 20. It will be available on I Phone 4, I Pad, and soon afterwards, Amazon.com Kindle. Please check our website daily at www.mmacycles.com, where we will announce the particulars on how you can order your I-book version of Forecast 2011 just as soon as it is launched! And we will also have it available in Spanish via the I Pad and I Phone 4.
January 9, 2011 : This is the last week to sign up for the "Forecasts for 2011 Webcast" with Raymond Merriman!!! Sign up now!!! The webinar presentation will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2011, starting at 1:00 PM EST (that's 6:00 PM, GMT, or 10:00 AM in Los Angeles). Via the modern technology of Your-Niversity.com, you can log onto this presentation on current markets (both long-term and short-term outlooks) and the political-psychological climate for 2011, in the comfort of your own home or office. All you need is a computer with speakers. You can hear the speech and see the live slide show, complete with the charts as they are being discussed, on your computer screen. You will be able to ask questions directly to Merriman. The cost for this special event is $45.00. Instructions to log into this event will be sent upon making reservations. The last day to reserve a spot will be this Friday, January 7. To attend this unique live webcast, just register here, or drop us an email or fax (248-538-5296), or call us at 1-248-626-3034. If you can't make it at the time of the live event, it will be available for viewing for the following 30 days to those who do reserve. You may also order the presentation in CD or DVD, which will be available about 10 days after the event.
January 14-16, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland.
"Forecasts 2011" symposia featuring top mundane and financial astrologers, plus one day workshop on Financial Market Timing with Ray Merriman. The Friday evening symposium begins at 7:00 PM, and features Claude Weiss, Alexandra Klinghammer, Dr. Christoph Schubert-Weller, Verena Bachmann, Monica Kissling, and Raymond Merriman. The cost is 80 CHF prior to December 17, afterwards 95 CHF. Merriman's talk will be in English (with German translation), the others in German. The Saturday workshop on "Financial Market Timing and Financial Astrology" will take place from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at the Hotel Senator.
The cost is 290 CHF prior to December 17, and 330 CHF afterwards (includes lunch). The workshop will be in English. For more details ; or you may email to the conference registrar. For English description and schedule (Pdf file).
February 6, 2011 : Lansing, MI".Forecasts for 2011" with Raymond Merriman, sponsored by the Learning Center. Contact 517-664-2665 for information.
March 2011 : Miami (tentative). More later, when we confirm.
March 10 — 12, 2011 : Mexico City, Mexico. Speech on Forecasts 2011, and workshop on "Evolutionary Astrology : The Journey of the Soul Through States of Consciousness". For information, please contact email@example.com.
April 28 and 30, 2011 : Kansas City, Mo".Forecasts for 2011" and "Financial Astrology Workshop" with Raymond Merriman. Sponsored by AOA. Details soon.
May 2011 : Ljubljana, Slovenia and Belgrade, Serbia. Details to be announced soon.
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The MMA Catalogue of products and services for 2013 is now out!!! You can download it in PDF. The ordering page is the last page of the catalogue. This is especially useful for those outside of the USA, since we do not mail these out by mail unless requested.
We are pleased to announce that the Spanish publication of "Basic Principles of Geocosmic Studies for Financial Market Timing" has just been completed. This first edition in Spanish will be in print in 10 days. For more information and ordering, please contact www.lecochonsideral.info/PubliMERRI/Espagnol/Annee2012/semana.html.
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I am oftentimes asked for recommendations of a money manager who uses my methods, since I won't manage other people's money. The thing is, almost all money managers I know use their own systems. But many subscribe to my services and share my thoughts about the future of the economy, various financial markets, and how to position one's portfolio along these lines. One money manager who subscribes to our services that I would suggest for those looking to structure a longer-term portfolio, such as a retirement account, is Duke O'Neill of Boulder, Colorado. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at email@example.com. Ted is a legend in financial futures and has a seat on the CME. Both are very knowledgeable of the tools I use, of the way I am looking at markets, and yet each makes their own decisions as to exactly when to enter and exit any market. They will be more than happy to assist you.
To the above list, I would also like to recommend long-term MMA subscriber Erwin Brunner of Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Brunner is the founder of BrunnerInvest AG. One of his five funds was awarded the "Best in-house fund of funds" in the world recently. Mr. Brunner is a former director of the Swiss Banking Corporation (today it is known as UBS), and a general director of Rothschild Bank in Zurich. As an independent wealth manager for high net worth individuals and institutional clients only, he places his clients into the funds of the best performing fund managers in the world, via his own research and experience. For high net worth readers interested in Mr. Brunner's funds, please contact him through www.brunnerinvest.ch.
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Disclaimer and statement of purpose : The purpose of this column is not to predict the future movement of various financial markets. However, that is the purpose of the MMA (Merriman Market Analyst) subscription services. This column is not a subscription service. It is a free service, except in those cases where a fee may be assessed to cover the cost of translating this column from English into a non-English language. This weekly report is written with the intent to educate the reader on the relationship between astrological factors and collective human activities as they are happening. In this regard, this report will oftentimes report what happened in various stock and financial markets throughout the world in the past week, and discuss that movement in light of the geocosmic signatures that were in effect. It will then identify the geocosmic factors that will be in effect in the next week, or even month, or even years, and the author’s understanding of how these signatures will likely affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycle’s analyst looking at the military, political, economic, and even financial markets of the world. It is possible that some forecasts will be made based on these factors. However, the primary goal is to both educate and alert the reader as to the psychological climate we are in, from an astrological perspective. The hope is that it will help the reader understand these psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence financial markets of the day.
No guarantee as to the accuracy of this report is being made here. Any decisions in financial markets are solely the responsibility of the reader, and neither the author nor the publishers assume any responsibility at all for those individual decisions. Reader should understand that futures and options trading are considered high risk.