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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
September 12 - 2011
Raymond A. Merriman©
The Market Week in Review :
Every trading day of last week was either up or down triple digits in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was a shortened trading week due to last Monday's Labor Day holiday. In keeping with the theme of the season, President Barack Obama began his campaign to create more jobs in America. Immediately following his Labor Day speech on his ideas in Detroit on Labor Day, the DJIA began the trading week down over 100 points. But then as word leaked out that he was planning a big stimulus package to create new jobs, combined with progress on the Euro zone banking problems, the DJIA rallied 275 points on Wednesday. It started on strong on Thursday too, in anticipation of the president's big "jobs creation" speech that night, but by the end of the day it was down 119 points. And then came "The Speech", which caught everyone by surprise when he announced his emboldened plans for a $447B stimulus package, far more than the consensus of $300B. The market reacted by selling off more than 300 points on Friday to close precariously close to its low of August 9, following by S&P's downgrade of the USA's credit worthiness. There may be a connection between SP2 (Stimulus Package 2) and the S&P downgrade of last month. After all, the geocosmic signatures of early August are very similar to some of the geocosmic signatures coming up later this week through the end of September (see "Short-Term Geocosmics").
Equities weren't the only financial markets stunned by the president's plan. Gold, Silver, and Crude Oil also sold off after initial rallies into Thursday's speech. On the other hand, U.S. Treasuries (the so-called "safe haven") rallied to an all-time high after the speech, much like Gold did in the early part of last week. Ten-Year notes are now yielding less than 2%. If you are a long-term investor, this is a very hard market to make money in. If you are a saver, it is almost impossible to make money on your capital. If you are a speculator, this is an exceptional market climate in which to make money. Unfortunately, most people are not speculators. They are investors and savers, and so the sense of panic arises once more around the world concerning the unstable financial markets, perhaps associated with the uncertainty about "what to do" on the part of both political and banking leaders. It's is all part and parcel of the continuing saga of the Cardinal Climax of 2008-2015, containing the same long-term geocosmic signatures that were last present 1928-1934.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
The next time band of heavily populated geocosmic signatures will start September 16 and last through October 7. During this three-week period there are 9 important geocosmic signatures with no more than 5 calendar days between any two consecutive ones. Of these, three are Level 1 types, the strongest correlates to major reversals in financial markets. Those three take place at the beginning of this time band.
On Monday, September 12, there is a full moon. This is important because it is taking place in the mutable signs of Virgo and Pisces. Mutable signs are the most skittish or nervous for financial markets, oftentimes coinciding with sharp price swings. You may remember that on the full moon in Virgo in 2008, then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen gave a major speech in which he insisted the U.S. financial and banking system were strong and stable. The U.S. stock market began to sell off at once as news then came out that he would not support bailing out Lehman Brothers investment bank, which immediately started the financial panic of 2008-2009. The difference between now and then was that Saturn was in opposition to Uranus near the degrees of the full moon. This full moon makes no such aspects. But we are nearing a time when both Venus and the Sun will make a translation to the Uranus-Pluto square. So we need to be on the alert for the next speech by a banking or political leader insisting once again that the U.S. (or European or world) banking system and economy are strong and stable, perhaps coincident with the demise of yet another financial landmark.
Wednesday, September 14, finds Venus changing signs into Libra where it will remain until October 9. Usually this is favorable transit for stocks but not as favorable for precious metals. On Friday, September 16, Pluto turns direct. This puts the emphasis right back on world debt again, which tends to depress stock prices, causing a mixed geocosmic reaction given that Venus is in Libra. Perhaps the positive impact of Venus in Libra doesn't kick in until after this week, or even after September 29. Why? Because we find Venus making a T-square to the Uranus-Pluto square on September 17-18 and the Sun doing the same September 25-28. This could be similar to what was witnessed August 8-10 when stocks markets around the world plummeted sharply following the S&P downgrade of the U.S.A. credit worthiness. At that time, Mars made a T-square to the same Uranus-Pluto square. These will be followed by Venus conjunct Saturn on September 29. Therefore it may be a struggle for the positive Venus in Libra to support rising stock prices this time around, given all of these volatile aspects in the next three weeks. But even if the market does have some very sharp down days, a primary cycle low is coming due, and thus a sizable rally is still expected as Jupiter will soon enter the 0-7° of Taurus, October 7, 2011 through March 7, 2012. There is hope ahead, but we have to fall hard first. In fact, we already are.
Look for the next three weeks to be another wild ride for stock prices around the world.
Longer Term Thoughts and Personal Astrology Transit Tales :
"Anything that's done to address unemployment in terms of massive stimulus spending is going to exacerbate deficits. And anything that's done to address deficits in the short-term is going to exacerbate unemployment".
• Indra Noovi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, www.cnbc.com , "CEO's to Obama : 'Get Out of the Way' for Job Growth", September 8, 2011.
Well, here we go again. Two years ago, shortly after taking office, President Obama announced an ambitious $800B "shovel ready" stimulus program to jump start the economy in the midst of the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression. At the time, this column suggested this was a huge gamble, a "doubling down" on the U.S. debt. If it worked, he would be a hero, a savior. If it didn't, the USA would enter dangerous waters where the debt situation would escalate sharply and Obama would be blamed as a careless steward of U.S. finances.
Will another $447B stimulus program work this time ? I don't know. That would now be a $1.2 trillion bet on Keynesian economic theory. It is another huge gamble with unknown results, other than it will escalate the debt for at least the short term. Yet, as before, there is a chance it will work. There are many things in his proposal that are promising, whereas the last time that was not quite the case. At least now the words appear to recognize the value of small businesses as the engine to job creation and greater employment, as well the importance of consumer spending to an economic recovery. That awareness was lacking until the Thursday night speech. I am not so sure, however, that the suggested solutions will correct these issues as fully as they could.
"It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away," Obama said. Not exactly and not completely. True, the $240B in tax relief for employees and the reduction of payroll taxes for employers will help. But as suggested in our column of two weeks ago, if they (government and Fed) really want to get people spending again AND raise more revenues from tax receipts, a better way may be for banks (i.e., Fed) to also start increasing interest rates gradually back to 3-4% so savers - the biggest population of consumer spenders - can start earning income from the interest accrued on their savings. That taxable income is 98% below the levels savers received prior to 2008. Put that money back into the hands of the middle class and then "the consumer" will spend, which in turn will help create demand for products and services, which will then translate into companies hiring more people to meet the greater demand. As Jon Faraci , CEO of International Paper told CNBC , "To create jobs, what we need is demand. This economy is 70 percent consumer driven, so we need consumers spending some of their discretionary income if we're going to have demand that's going to lead to more jobs". But the majority of Americans - the "savers" - aren't going to spend discretionary income if they can't replace it with income from savings. They just can't afford it.
The USA is at a critical juncture in terms of its economic future. This is part of the 8-year Cardinal Climax (2008-2015) as stated both in this column and every annual Forecast Book written since 1994. And the most significant geocosmic signature of that Climax is coming up in 2012-2015 : Uranus square Pluto. Either that is when the turn comes, or that is the point at which the USA defaults and loses control of its financial status in the world. Uranus and Pluto have been within one degree of exactness to this square for the past two months, so we are seeing the nature of what lies ahead. In order to turn the corner, a bold new plan with a sense of urgency is needed, and Obama delivered the message. But did he deliver the right path to solution ? As I stated back in 2009 when the first stimulus package was announced and again this week, it is a gamble - a big gamble. And this "gamble' fits with the principles of transiting Pluto (debt) in opposition to the USA Jupiter (gamble), which is also one of the classical "bankruptcy aspects" in Financial Astrology. But as Financial Astrologers also understand with this aspect, one does not need to enter into bankruptcy if he simply controls his spending. That is, if he doesn't spend more than he earns or can afford, there is no need to experience bankruptcy. Under this aspect, one is tempted to either take unwise chances (gamble) or to spend more than he brings in, and succumbing to this temptation is what leads to bankruptcy.
To be continued... (next week)
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