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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
March 11 - 2013
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
The printed version of Forecast 2014 will be translated into several different languages again this year as follows :
Each of these will also offer the English version of Forecast 2014, as will our Chinese distributor : "Your work is essential to anyone who is serious in this field. I can't thank you enough for it".
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The Market Week in Review :
The Trickster continues to rule ! That is, Mercury retrograde and all the surprises and back peddling that are associated with the cosmic roadrunner were in full force last week. However, this was more the case in the field of politics than financial markets.
Let's talk financial markets first of all. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to a record high last week, but the S&P is still lagging. The Japanese Nikkei continued on its tear, up over 50% now since its three-year cycle low of November 2011, climbing above 12,000 for the first time since September 2008. However, China's Shanghai Index fell rather sharply. The German DAX soared over 8000 for the first time since early 2008, the Zurich SMI and London FTSE rallied to its highest levels since 2008, but the Amsterdam AEX and Moscow MICEX are still well below their highs of January 2013. What are we to make of this under Mercury retrograde ?. Is it truly a breakout that has much to rise, as market analysts universally seem to think ?. Or is it a Mercury retrograde fake-out, as has been the case so many times in the past ?. Time will tell of course, but our experience is to be skeptical of such market moves.
On the other hand, we are headed into the very rare and positive grand trine this summer of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune, something that hasn't happened since 1967. And wouldn't you know it ?. There is suddenly talk again of a "Grand Bargain" deficit reduction program, just as Forecast 2013 forecasted would come up around mid-year.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
It is too soon to tell which of our recommended trades will work out that were initiated last week. Perhaps it will be in the Swiss Franc, where are weekly report advised aggressive traders to "Cover all shorts in weekly support, if offered, and go long with a stop-loss on a close below 1.0300". Traders were short from 1.0860-1.0880 two weeks ago. Support last week was 1.0466-1.0500. The low of the week was 1.0468 on Friday and the close was 1.0512. It was an excellent short trade, and now let's see if it becomes an excellent long trade. Keep in mind that under Mercury retrograde, we give no new long-term position trades. We only give short-term aggressive trades.
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 :
The main geocosmic factor to watch this week will be Mars ending its journey through the tropical zodiac, and beginning a new zodiacal journey as it enters its ruling sign of Aries on March 12. Mars rules Aries, so it is expected to be strong here. This may translate into even greater volume in world equity markets. At first, this may be bullish. However, by the last week in March, there will be a slew of geocosmic signatures that have strong historical correlations to market reversals.
Longer Term Thoughts :
"Mr. Ahmadinejad declared a national day of mourning for Mr. Chavez and wrote in a condolence letter to Venezuela that Mr. Chavez would be resurrected with Jesus Christ and Imam Mahdi - Shiite Islam's prophesized redeemer - to save humanity and bring justice to the world".
• Wall Street Journal, "Iran Leader Lambasted For Tribute to Chavez", Farna Fassihi, March 8, 2013.
It was another wild and crazy week in the world. On the day the DJIA soared to a record high, Venezuela strongman Hugo Chavez died.
In the United States, the dreaded "sequester" began with almost a whimper. But the reactions to the White House claim that it would begin a host of painful cutbacks resulted instead to a long list of areas in which such cutbacks cut be administered in a way that would not be so "dumb", as the president put it, or elicit so much pain as was his message the prior week.
At the start of the week, the administration announced it was "…cancelling public tours of the White House", blaming the budget sequester. According to Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, "The act was designed to spark outrage against Republicans, yet the sheer pettiness of it instead provided a moment of clarity". That resulted "moment of clarity" was yet another embarrassment for the president who continues to reap the negative effects of this transiting Neptune that is just starting its two-year T-square configuration to his natal Moon-Pluto square (read the columns of the last month for details).
In Strassel's column, she cites group of sixth graders from Waverly, Iowa, pleading with the White House in YouTube, to reopen tours. "The White House is our House. Please let us visit", they sing in unison. This is followed by a list of cuts the White House could make that would not be "dumb", like: a $27M project to help fund pottery classes in Morocco, or a $181,000 study on how cocaine affects the reproductive habits of Japanese quail, or the $14.8 million per year in unemployment checks sent to millionaires. I know this sounds crazy, but I know of successful landscaping businesses in Michigan, where the owner makes over $400K/year. But it is seasonal. When October-April comes around, she files for unemployment - and gets it. Every year.
As Senator Tom Coburn wrote in Fridays Wall Street Journal, "I agree with President Obama that sequestration's across-the-board rather than specific cuts are a 'dumb' way to reduce spending. But if sequestration is dumb, it's even dumber not to cut spending at all".
His reputation is on the line if he doesn't forego this "No More Mr. Nice Guy" direction espoused by his staff about him since the election. Neptune only gets ahead by being a "nice guy". When he forsakes that image, he is more prone to scandals and poor public imaging. As reported on www.hiphopwired.com, " A Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Wednesday (March 6), showed 43 percent of people approve of Obama's handling of his job, down 7 percentage points from Feb. 19". That is just about when Neptune came into its orb of influence to Obama's natal Moon.
But lo and behold, what happened at the end of last week?. Obama reaches out to Republican senators at last. He invites them to dinner to discuss the possibility of reaching a broad budget deal. He wants the "Grand Bargain", which is the very promise of the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune grand trine, bringing into play the USA's natal Venus-Jupiter conjunction this summer. Under this Mercury retrograde, the president starts to pivot and reverse this historic path he has been on of "We are not speaking thing with Congress", as Peggy Noonan describes so brilliantly in the March 2 edition of the Wall Street Journal ("Obama is Playing a New Game").
Can he pull off this Grand Bargain ?. Or will he - or Congress - move the goal posts again ?. With Neptune, you never know. It can be the planet of ascending to the peak of one's life, or the descent into distrust and scorn. The choice is up to him. But disposing of the "No More Mr. Nice Guy" image is a step in the right direction, according to my understanding of how Neptune works best. For now, there is suddenly hope. Thank you, Trickster, for reversing that trend !.
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.