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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
February 25 - 2013
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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Note : Monday is President's Day in the USA. Financial markets will be closed there.
The Market Week in Review :
The Trickster has returned!
Just when you thought the long-awaited correction in U.S. stock indices was underway, bam! It reverses to the upside once again. And once again, technicians are experiencing a dream come true. Unfortunately, it is a bad dream for technical analysts who base buy and sell signals on short-term technical studies. It is enough to make one look more closely at such esoteric studies as…. Financial Astrology. Or even Mundane Astrology. How else are you going to explain what is happening to stocks indices in 2013 ? Or Gold and Silver too, for that matter, where powerful moves unfolded as well last week?.
After posting a new 5-year high on Wednesday at 14,058, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted over 200 points to 13,834 on Thursday. But on Friday, just one day before Mercury the "Trickster" turns retrograde, the DJIA was back up 120 points and over 14,000. The bull run appears back on after a one-day hard break. Or is it (see Short-term Geocosmics) ?.
Yet as exciting as the stock market was last week (it finally had a weekly range of over 200 points, which is really not that much), the activity in Gold and Silver was far more impressive. Not only was it impressive, but it fit our studies very nicely. A Special Report on Gold was issued in last week's MMA Cycles Report that went out last Tuesday. By Wednesday, we issued two Special Alerts for subscribers to the MMA weekly and daily reports that advised buying within minutes of the low that day (1558). Prices did dip a little lower on the overnight market, to 1554, by as trading resumed on Thursday, Gold crept back up to 1587. This is not yet a confirmation that the low is in, but it's a start, and it is occurring in a time band when the primary cycle bottom is due. The same is true with Silver, and we will keep subscribers posted as we go along here. In the meantime, this Special Report on Gold will be made available to anyone who subscribes to MMA Cycles.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
There were many "best trades last week" again, as we took profits on all short positions on Gold and Silver. In the case of Gold, the profits in some cases were well over $100/ounce ($10,000/contract). Although it is too early to confirm this as the "best trade", here was the special alert issued to MMA weekly and daily subscribers on Wednesday, February 20, at 2:15 PM EST, as Gold traded around 1560: " Gold has now fallen to our original price target and buy zone of 1540-1576 in the last five minutes. You may start to probe the long side in this range with a stop-loss now on a close below (xxx)" We are still using the stop-loss given then and I don't want it announced publically for reasons all traders know only too well. The actual low that day was within minutes of this alert.
For more information on the daily or weekly market reports, please follow this link, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
As if the technical trading environment hasn't been tricky enough (especially with stock indices), Mercury now begins its retrograde motion, February 23-March 17. We call this planet "The Trickster" because it is so nimble, jumping from one point to another so quickly. In a positive sense, Mercury's nature is very flexible. He is not tied down to anything, other than the pursuit of knowledge and information applicable to the here and now. But that knowledge and information is subject to change as new knowledge and information is released - and often in contradiction to the original message. That is especially the case when he turns retrograde, which happens 3-4 times per year, and will happen again starting this weekend.
In terms of financial markets, this often will manifest as prices falling below technical support or rising above technical resistance, only to reverse again in what traders call a "fake out." It makes trading very tricky. It makes investors very nervous, for this type of market behavior is usually accompanied by contradictory statements by political leaders and/or economic data being released.
The next three weeks will be very interesting to observe, for in the USA, the budget sequester devised by the White House (and agreed to by Congress) back in 2011 is due to take place on March 1, unless Congressional leaders and the White House come to an agreement to stop or modify it. That is not likely under Mercury retrograde with the Sun in Pisces. Or if they do agree, then the terms of the agreement may likely need to be modified later. Decisions like this under Mercury retrograde tend to take place before sufficient discussion is completed. There are facts and figures that are often distorted, or subject to change quickly, which prevents an intelligent decision being made with all the proper information.
Next week should be particularly interesting early on, for not only is Mercury retrograde, but there is a full moon on Tuesday that makes a T-square to Jupiter. Not only is proper information lacking to make an informed decision, but also the information that is imparted tends to be overblown. Jupiter is the planet of excess and exaggeration. Under a full moon, these principles are intensified. In market parlance, this can translate as a powerful rally based on inaccurate or exaggerated information, or a sharp decline based on hysteria rather than objectivity. Neptune is also involved in the full moon T-square configuration, for it is still nearby to the transiting Sun in Pisces.
Let's end this week's column with a brief discussion of Pisces too, for not only is the Sun and Neptune in Pisces, but so is Mars, Venus, and Mercury. That's five of the ten planets (including the sun and moon, which aren't planets, but in astrology they have an influence like planets). Thus, the principles of Pisces and its ruler Neptune are highlighted now, along with Mercury retrograde - which behaves a lot like Pisces and Neptune. The challenge for everyone will be in the practice of discernment versus blind faith. What is truth? Who and what do you believe, since under this combination, words all sound great, but may be totally inaccurate and overblown? In fact, you should believe only your own personal experience and reason now.
Just make sure that the words you express are accurate and really represent what you want. In other words, when you place an order in the market, make sure you check "buy" instead of "sell", if that is what you really want to do. And by all means, protect your computer and its files from crashes. Be careful what you say on the phone or write in those instant message texts. With the fantasy nature of Pisces involved, this is a prime time to experience embarrassment related to something leaking that you wished had stayed private. On the other hand, it may be a very good week for romance. Just don't open your mouth and speak out loud about what is on your mind, because you really don't know - or have - all the facts. This message applies to politicians too. Please go home for three weeks and sequester yourself in silence. Then come back and do the right thing that reflects the will of the people you represent.
Longer Term Thoughts :
will resume next week.
To be continued (next week).
The MMA Cycles Report, with its special update on the labeling and projection of Gold's longer-term cycles, went out last week. If you are interested in this special Gold report, you might want to consider subscribing to the MMA Cycles Report (2-issue trials are possible for only $50.00, or 4-month or 1-year subscriptions). The MMA Cycles Report covers stock indices, precious metals, treasuries, currencies, crude oil, and soybeans, plus critical reversal dates. Go to our special page for information. If you subscribe to this report (or MMA Japan or MMA Europe Cycles reports) and did not get the issued sent out last week, call us at once at 1-248-626-3034.
MMTA FIRST WORKSHOP ON "CYCLES AND CHART PATTERNS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS", APRIL 6-8, 2013. MMTA will conduct its first workshop course on "Cycles and Chart Patterns in Financial Markets", April 6-8, 2013. This is the first course of the new Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), and is open to non-MMTA students via this webinar. This course will outline the various cycles (long-, intermediate-, and short-term) in financial markets, and the various phases and patterns that unfold in each. Chart patterns that correlate with cyclical troughs and crests will be shown and discussed in detail. Attendees will then be instructed on trading and investment strategies for each type of cycle, as well as their phases. The live webcast will take place from 10 :00 AM - 6 :00 PM Saturday and Sunday (with snack and lunch breaks), as well as Monday from 10 :00 AM - 4 :00 PM. The raw footage will be available for review for attendees for the 30 days following this course. For this course, you will need a computer with speakers. The cost for this course is $3000.00. For further information, please go to www.merrimanmta.com, or contact Maureen Hogan.
Forecast 2013 Book : is out. And the E-Book will be out early next week (our apologies for the delay, but it is coming). In retrospect, this year's book was the most enjoyable to write in a long time. It was very pleasing to hear our editors in both the USA and abroad comment that it was also their most enjoyable read of all the ones they have edited. I think that may be due to the fact that I gave a wealth of advice on "what to do" now - a well-thought out investment plan for 2013 based on the implications of cycles and geocosmic studies as they apply to 2013. The book may still be pre-ordered at $55.00, plus postage prior to December 15. It will also be available in an e-book format at these same prices, and with no postage costs. The book is 160 pages, and as always, a limited number will be printed, based on pre-publications sales. So order now, save big bucks, and make sure you reserve your 2013 book before they sell out!!! Once they sell out, however, you can still buy the electronic book version.
To order, you may call MMA offices at 1-248-626-3034, or contact Amber. Or go to our website link. We have also posted a "Scorecard" of this year's forecasts.
By the way, 2013 should be very interesting as there will be a super-rare configuration in effect by the summer. We are doing our research on the frequency of this pattern now, along with its historical corresponding themes.
The monthly MMA Cycles report and its companion MMA Japanese Cycles and MMA European Cycles reports
went out last week. If you are subscriber to any these monthly reports and did not receive it, let us know at once via our email.
- This report covers our long term analysis of the stock market (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, T-Notes, Euro and Swiss Franc currencies, grains and crude oil. It also provides the list of geocosmic and solar-lunar reversal zones for the 1-2 months. This report comes out Monday night to subscribers.
- The MMA Japanese Markets Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen.
- The new MMA Europe Cycles report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX stock indices, each in english only and will be available on Wednesday.
For subscription information, please go to our web site, or call us at 1-248-626-3034. If you are not a subscriber, you can check this service out on a 2-month trial basis for only $50.00.
We are pleased to announce the completion of "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 2 : Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles". We expect this book to be in print sometime in September - hopefully in time for the September 15-16 workshop. This means that the special $75.00 pre-order rate will end August 15. At that point, the normal rate of $125 (plus postage) will go into effect. To take advantage of the special pre-order discount price, please go to.
Recently I announced that I will be starting a new direction in life over the next two years, involving a mentor-apprenticeship program on Financial Market Timing and Analysis, according to the unique methodology I have developed over the past 30+ years. I didn't expect any response yet, as we are still developing the format. But… there has been a huge response! We know we are behind the curve on getting out information on this rapidly developing project, but we are working out the details and more announcements will be made shortly. So far we have determined that the training will take place over eight weekends stretching from 2013-2014. The dates for 2013 have now been selected. They are : April 6-8, June 15-17, Aug 10-12, and Oct 12-14. The 2014 schedule will be determined in 2013 . These 8 sessions will be the only time that Raymond Merriman will give this entire training in person. Applications for the "On Line Market Timing Academy" (OLMTA) are being accepted now. There will be an introductory training session, September 15-16 in Troy, Michigan (see below). For more information, or an application form, please contact Amber Lundsten, call 1-248-626-3034, or go to or scroll down the opening page (next page) of www.mmacycles.com.
Raymond Merriman's "Market Timing Academy" (MMTA) will offer a pre-training course on "Beginning Principles of Financial Astrology for Financial Market Timing", September 15-16, in Troy, Michigan, at the Management Education Center of Michigan State University. This 10-12 hour course may be attended live, in person, or via webcast televised to your computer. An archive of this workshop will be available for 30 days afterwards to those who sign up. This workshop will basically train non-astrologers in the use of reading an ephemeris, the table of planetary positions for any given day. This is essential to anyone who wishes to understand how to find a geocosmic critical reversal date for financial markets. This course (or audit of it) is a pre-requisite for anyone entering the MMTA market training course, as developed and instructed by Raymond Merriman. The MMTA two-year training course will begin in April 2013, and will involve 8 weekends of study - 4 weekends each in 2013 and 2014. For more information and registration, please go to www.mmacycles.com (front page, near bottom). We will make announcements as this training program unfolds. The cost for the September 15-16 pre-training workshop is $395.00 ($300 for MMA subscribers). This cost will be deducted from the fee of the two-year training course to those who apply and are accepted into MMTA by October 15, 2012.
The DVD of the MMTA pre-training workshop on "How to Read an Ephemeris" is now out! The cost of the 8-set, 10+ hour DVD packet, is $395.00 plus postage, and will include the workbook. If you are a trader, analyst, or student interested in enhancing your skills in market timing, or if you are considering applying for admittance to the MMA Market Timing Academy (MMTA), then this DVD is highly recommended.
Speaking of our weekly subscription reports, we now offer a new one titled : MMA Weekly Treasuries, Soybeans, and Crude Oil Report. This will be a 3-5 page report offering comments, analysis, forecasts, and trading strategy for next week's market activity in the U.S. 10-Year T-Notes (Treasuries), Soybeans, and Crude Oil futures only. List of support/resistance areas, trend indicator points, geocosmic and lunar reversal points for the week, cycles phasing, and recommended buy and sell strategies. The cost is $750/yr or $250/3 months. We will offer a one-month trial subscription for $50.00, available only until August 15, as part of our introduction to this new service. Subscriptions are delivered by downloadable postings on the MMA Website, which is entered via your personal password. It is also delivered via an email attachment to all subscribers over the weekend before the market opens.
The DVD of the Denver Workshop on Financial Market Timing is still available! This financial markets workshop offers a completely unique and original perspective, integrating :
1) Market Timing studies,
2) Price Objective calculations,
3) Technical Analysis,
4) Pattern Recognition studies, and
5) Trend Analysis.
The primary focus of this workshop is on Market Timing Studies, particularly Cycles Analysis and Geocosmic Studies, as leading indicators that identify when to anticipate a reversal in all financial markets. Gold and the U.S. stock market are studied in great detail, especially regarding their current status. There is a wealth of timely and valuable information in this DVD, especially pertaining to the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto square of June 24, 2012, lasting through March 2015, and the important Jupiter correlation to stock market cycles coming up August-November 2012 and March-May 2013. The cost for this 4-hour DVD is $180.00 plus postage. To order, or call Amber at 1-248-626-3034. If you are a trader or investor who appreciates the value of market timing - especially in the next few months - this is a presentation you will not want to miss.
If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with short-term trading recommendations,
(see a sample there, of the weekly).
It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Swiss Franc, Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Soybeans, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report.
If you want more information call our offices at 1-248-626-3034.
These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). In the words of one of our subscribers :"I am really pleased with your recommendations through the Daily and Weekly Trade Recommendations. I have used them to trade gold and silver stocks in my IRA. In the last eight years I increased my account from $60,000 to $712,000. Thanks for your excellent publications". - Bryden C., Small Business Owner, Illinois.
Upcoming Events :
March 8, 2013 : Scottsdale, AZ "Forecast 2013", Sponsored by ASA - the Arizona Society of Astrology. Call 602-952-1526 for further more information, or go to www.AzAstrologers.org. You may also email ASA program director Arlene Hougland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 6-8, 2013 : MMTA Course 1 : "Cycles and Chart Patterns in Financial Markets" with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan. This will be the first of eight courses given by The Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA). It is available to those who attend onsite, or via a live webcast that will take place from 10 :00 AM - 5 :00 PM Saturday and Sunday, as well as Monday from 10 :00 AM - 1 :00 PM, followed by a two-hour exam for those wishing to receive a certificate upon the completion of the MMTA entire 8 course program. The raw footage will be available for review for attendees for the 30 days following this course.
June 15-17, 2013 : MMTA Course 2 : "Geocosmic Correlations to Long-Term Cycles in Financial Markets" with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan.
August 10-12, 2013 : MMTA Course 3 : "Geocosmic Correlations to Primary and Trading Cycles in Financial Markets" with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan.
October 12-14, 2013 : MMTA Course 4 : "Solar-Lunar Correlations to Short-Term Reversals in Financial Markets" with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan.
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. For more information and ordering, please contact www.lecochonsideral.info/semana.html.
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 email@example.com, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The newly revised The Sun, The Moon, and Silver Book : Secrets of a Silver Trader, is now out. This is a book that you will use as a reference guide for…many, many years. It identifies all the key Sun-Moon combinations that have a higher (and lower) than expected probability of correlating with 4% or greater reversals in COMEX Silver. It also identifies"Big Range Days" - those days in which the range of Silver is most likely to be 3.5% or more of the price of Silver, which is a great tool for day traders. This book fulfills the dream of all traders : high probability winning trade possibilities, with minimal market exposure. It is that"extra edge". And Silver is a great market to trade now. The cost is $125.00. For ordering on line.
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.