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January 10 - 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, and then noon-2:00 PM on Saturday, January 8.
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 :
The "Asset Inflation Express" keeps rolling along. But now it has taken a side track decidedly in favor of equities. This is not so surprising, given the vote by the USA Congress to NOT raise taxes at the end of last year. Although by itself this is not a stimulus as many believe (only a lowering of taxes would accomplish that), it is a positive "animal spirit" added to the economy because it finally removes the uncertainty about raising taxes that has repressed economic growth and hiring since 2008. The business community can now act with more confidence about the future because they know they can now make a workable business plan (i.e. budget) for the next two years. In turn, that encourages investors to invest again in companies (stocks) that can grow due to an expanding economy, rather than in commodities that protect (and grow one's investment) against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty.
Furthermore, this confidence in the economy is consistent with the transit of Jupiter through the signs Pisces and Aries. As explained in detail in the Forecast 2010 and 2011 books, this is the time when stock prices soar. The stock market is a leading economic indicator, so when it goes up, it usually means that there is a strong conviction amongst investors that economic conditions are in the process of improving.
Last week, stock markets around the world did indeed go higher. Many soared to their highest level in over 2 years, including U.S., Argentina, and several European stock indices (i.e. German DAX, London FTSE, and Amsterdam's AEX). At the same time, Gold, Silver, and Crude Oil fell rather sharply, which is understandable when investors see the prospect of tax stability combined with signs of economic growth, and the continuance of historically low interest rates. Stocks have more upside potential in this type of inflationary environment.
All in all, it is a good beginning to a new year. The question is : how long will it last ?. The very positive Jupiter-Uranus conjunction took place last Tuesday, January 4, along with a solar eclipse. Interestingly enough, the high in many of these stock indices was the day after, January 5. Jupiter-Uranus is one of the most consistent and powerful geocosmic correlates to primary cycles in stocks within an orb of 11 trading days. Of course, the closer to the exact date, the better. So we will watch and see if this is just a temporary correction, or the start of something more ominous, in both stocks and precious metals. My guess is that any decline is just temporary in regards to stocks, and if correct, we could see another powerful advance once it is over. After all, the "Asset Inflation Express" isn't due to end as long as Jupiter remains in Pisces and Aries, along with Uranus doing the same. But longer-term, Uranus in Aries (2011-2018) may be an accident waiting to happen, due to carelessness, arrogance, miscalculation, and over-speculation.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
We are still in the 11-day time band surrounding the 14-year Jupiter-Uranus conjunction of January 4, when stock markets tend to make important highs or lows, and then reverse substantially. It is obvious that if it is to work this time, it will be from a high.
On the other hand, Venus has just ingressed from Scorpio into Sagittarius on January 7, where it will remain until February 4. Since Venus rules net worth and assets like stocks, and since Sagittarius is expansive, this dynamic would lend itself to even higher equity prices. That doesn't mean there won't be corrective declines along the way, but it suggests the trend will be more up than down. That could be supported by Mars and the Sun forming a harmonious sextile to Jupiter on January 13 and 17 respectively.
Long-Term Thoughts :
"Mr. Geithner said that with the current debt level of $13.95 trillion, the U.S. could hit the $14.3 trillion limit (the current debt ceiling approved by Congress in February 2010) as soon as March 31, but more likely at some point before May 16. He called for lawmakers to raise the ceiling to an unspecified level by the end of March". - Wall Street Journal, Friday, January 7, 2010.
The decision by Congress and the White House to not raise taxes is being greeted by many as equivalent to another economic stimulus. However, this is not true because it doesn't really add any money into the hands of the populace. All it does is remove the specter of the government taking money out of the hands of some individuals (i.e. the wealthy) and using it to create and support programs that benefit those in need (well, that is the intention anyway, but the reality as to where most of that money goes is usually and unfortunately very different).
Nevertheless, the decision is greeted with relief because it now creates more certainty amongst businesses - especially small businesses - which now feel a little more secure about hiring without the fear of losing more monies through the myriad of tax increases that were being proposed over the past two years. More people being hired, and more people getting wage increases will stimulate consumer spending, which will lead to more hiring and even higher wages - at least for two years. But in what must be considered one of the most stupefying moves ever, Congress decided to make the tax vote valid only until the end of 2012. In other words, the very issue that polarized this nation so greatly, gave rise to the tea party rebellion, and was probably the most direct correlation to the stagnant economy of the world over the past two years, will come back for its sequel in 2012. It will be just in time for the election of 2012. What was the White House thinking by making this a 2012 campaign issue ? How can you unify a country by resurrecting the very issue that nearly tore it apart in 2010 ? You can't and you won't, and now that will be one of the top stories of Uranus square Pluto, 2012-2015.
So let's enjoy the temporary break and economic boost while it last. But be careful of falling into the delusional trap that the nation's (and even the world's) debt-related problems are over. After all, there are two steps to rebalancing the budget and resolving the debt crisis : you have to bring in more revenues, which the permanent (er, temporary) tax rates will do for the next two years, and you have to reduce spending so that the outlays are less than the receipts (the amount of money) you bring in. The first step has been done, and the markets exploded to the upside in response, which is good for collective confidence. But unfortunately, it will only be temporary.
And the second step - reducing spending - is far from being agreed upon. In fact, a huge showdown is coming up over the debt ceiling limit, with many Republicans demanding huge spending cuts before they will agree to raise this debt cap.
What happens if they don't agree to raise the debt limit ? According to the Wall Street Journal and Tim Geithner, "... even a short-term default could be 'catastrophic'. It would drive up interest rates and push down the stock market and housing prices...". There. They finally said it. Default. The very thing we have been addressing for over two years now, since Pluto went into Capricorn (2008-2023). The three D's: deficit, debt, and then default. It's coming to show near you very soon, in fact in March 2011, in Washington D.C. Right in time for the final Jupiter-Pluto square of February 25 and Jupiter-Saturn opposition of March 28.
Well, I do think they will get past it this time. After all, Jupiter and Uranus will be in Aries into early June, and although the "Asset Inflation Express" may need to stop for repairs and refueling, it will probably get back on the tracks and roll again with a full head of steam. But like everything else they have done over the past decade, Congress and the White House are just "kicking the can down the road," to the Uranus-Pluto square of 2012-2015. That's when the train may get derailed, unless 1) Congress and the White House makes these tax rates permanent so businesses can actually enact long-term plans that include full time (and not temporary) hiring, and 2) actually start to cut back spending, rebalance the budget, and make progress towards a sensible economic strategy that reduces the national debt. With transiting Pluto in Capricorn also in opposition to the USA Venus and Jupiter conjunction in Cancer (classical bankruptcy aspects, if not careful), their work on this matter will not be easy. It will be difficult to compensate for the last decade's fiscal irresponsibility that saw the nation's and world's debt accelerate sharply. That is also why Gold prices are likely to remain in a bull market for several more years, even though there may be a 15-30% decline along the way. Even delusions have a way of affecting the perception of reality. The problem is that it is happening too much now with Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in Pisces, the sign of unrealistic hopes, wishes, and fantasies. We need action, not misdirection. Maybe with so many planets entering cardinal (action) signs from late March through early June, we will get it. Well, that's my Piscean wish.
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!!! We will take reservations until 5:00 PM, Friday, January 7, and then noon-2:00 PM on Saturday, January 8. 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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