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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
April 15 - 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 :

ChineseChinese        Dutch        Deutsch         Japanese       Russian                               Spanish       Italiano

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 :

It always happens that way, doesn't it? You go away for a week and the world of financial markets turns upside down. There are no breaks for those who don't stay on top of things these days, not with Uranus racing to its third of seven passages of a square aspect to Pluto on May 20. Typical of Uranus, stock indices (in the USA) continued to soar to new all-time highs, while Gold and Silver fell abruptly to new multi-year lows. Typical of Pluto, the economies of more countries tend to teeter on the verge of bankruptcy. Not only Cyrus, but also Italy and China have now had their credit worthiness downgraded in the past month by Fitch's rating service.

The big story for many traders and investors was the plunge in Gold and Silver last week, confirming the dominancy stage of the 4.25-year cycle in Gold and 4.34-year cycle in Silver. The prior week (April 4), Gold fell to 1540 and then embarked upon an encouraging $50 rally the next three days, topping at 1590 on Tuesday. Silver's rally just as impressive, from a low of 2657 on April 4 to 2802 on Tuesday, April 9. But by Friday, April 12, all of those gains and more were wiped out. Gold collapsed over $80.00 on Friday to close at 1478. Silver fell $1.76 on Friday, ending the week at 2582. Both were new multi-year lows. This scenario was described in detail in our recent special report to subscribers of MMA Cycles, as well as daily and weekly subscribers and all students of last weekend's launch of the MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy). The good news for those who are Gold Bugs is that this is still setting up for the trade of the year, maybe of the next two years, as also described in those reports, which will be reiterated again in the next MMA Cycles report of April 22-23. Also typical of Uranus and Pluto, this nosedive will be fast and furious, and the resultant recovery may be even faster and more furious once it starts.

Best Trades of the Past Week :

Since our last column, the best trade initiated was in the Euro-Yen currency market. Two weeks ago our weekly report (and currency report) advised, "Position traders may buy on a decline back to weekly support with a stop-loss on a close below 118.86." The support that week was 121.20-121.90. The low was 119.71. This week the Euro-Yen is way up to 131+, a huge gain of nearly 10 points. At $2500/full point on the futures exchange, that's not too bad.

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 :  

Last week ended with Pluto turning retrograde on April 12. As discussed many times in this column, planetary stations will highlight the themes of that planet for the few days surrounding the turn. So once again, we will hear reports and witness arguments about raising taxes, credit downgrades, increasing debts and deficits. If lucky, we will also hear serious proposals for reforms in these very issues, and maybe even an entire overhaul of the tax code in some countries, like the USA. It is a given that taxes will be headlined next week in the USA, for personal income tax reporting is due on April 15. That might be one reason why stocks have surged so much over the past three months as well. Individuals have been contributing huge sums of money to their retirement accounts, and much of that is finding its way into equities, especially in the USA. That factor is taken off the table after next week.

Next week will also witness Mercury leaving Pisces for Aries (April 13), and Venus leaving Aries for Taurus (April 15). This could coincide with a shift in investor psychology, but that doesn't seem negative for stocks. Taurus, which rules things of value (like stocks), enters its ruling sign of Taurus. If anything, that's probably more bullish.

Transiting Mars is also important now for two reasons. The first is because it conjuncts Saturn in the NYSE chart (May 17, 1792), and is in opposition to Jupiter and Neptune in the same chart, April 11-17. That can correlate to a sudden reversal in the DJIA, although it may not last too long.

But the biggest geocosmic factor arising next week is the Sun entering its 26-month conjunction to Mars on April 17. Several years ago, I presented a research study at the Astro-Economics Conference in Chicago, where I demonstrated that 10% or greater reversals in USA equities took place when these two planets were within 10 degrees of one another, more than any other geocosmic aspect. We have obviously rallied more than 10% as we come into this aspect. The idea is that sometime shortly, a top will form and a 10% or greater decline will commence. Although this orb of time is in effect through the end of May, it can certainly begin prior to the end of this time band. The closer to the conjunction date, the greater the probability of this reversal starting. Perhaps it commences with the powerful lunar eclipse of April 25 or the solar eclipse of May 9. In this case, I like the prospects for a top and reversal more as we approach the lunar eclipse, for it will bring in the Sun, Venus, and Mars into opposition to Saturn, April 22-May 1.

Longer Term Thoughts and Personal Geocosmics :

A couple of weeks ago I related the importance of the transits of the Moon's North Node and Jupiter, in conjunction with my natal Jupiter and North Node respectively at this time. That hardly ever happens in the exact degree in anyone's chart in any lifetime, and I took it to mean that my time had come to launch the Merriman Market Timing Academy. After all, my North Node and transiting Jupiter are in my ninth house of education and teaching, as well as foreign affairs. My purpose of offering this two-year intensive training course was to mentor apprentices to the body of work I have developed in the field of Financial Astrology over the past 35 years, combined with the study of cycles, chart patterns, and technical analysis. My goal was to create a solid foundation of market timers for the future, based on these concepts, research studies, and methods of analysis.

I am pleased to report that 45 students were present on site, and more via the on-line webcast. And these serious students were from all over the world (India, China, Australia, South Africa, England, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Japan, Lichtenstein, Gibraltar, Spain, and of course the USA). Their backgrounds are also incredibly interesting. Some are portfolio managers, active traders for major firms dealing in huge sums of funds (one participant turned a profit of $300M last year alone). Another owns a huge international legal firm, employing over 75 attorneys working on such cases as the Lehmann Brothers fallout from 2008. Another has worked in USA intelligence (and assures me that I am protected, which is big relief). Others are already well-established market analysts. The point is : this was not a walk in the park with novices.

But even beyond these demographics, I am most pleased that these are serious students and apprentices, who are every bit as serious about mastering the markets and the art of market timing as I am. I gave them a very challenging first course, and most of them met the challenge. Not only that, but many also engaged me in very challenging discussions, to the point that I am certain several will be exceptional market analysts. The work I have pioneered over the past several decades, and the methodology I have developed, will be enhanced by these students when I leave the stage in a few years. These students and apprentices will be the foundation for a vibrant, professional, and highly dynamic market timing community, and I sincerely believe the world will be well served by this next generation of market timers.

In the end, I am extremely humbled and deeply appreciative for the unusually high quality of students and apprentices that have been attracted to this two-year course, the first and only extensive training course in market timing methodology ever presented. It also pleases me to see how aspects to one's personal horoscope (in this case, my personal horoscope) can be used to produce positive and constructive experiences in life. I did it. I am doing it. They are doing it. You can do it too in your own life. Astrology is not fatalistic. It is a tool that can add immense value to society and to you personally.

Over the next two years, you - the world who reads these columns in several different languages each week - will have the opportunity to read the papers and research studies of the MMTA students. They have assignments. They will be placed on the MMTA website, at www.merrimanmta.com. And once they complete their two-year learning program, they will become part of the faculty of the International Market Timing Summit that MMTA will sponsor on an annual basis around the world.  

To be continued (next week). 

Announcements :

             The April 6-8 webinar and live presentation on "Cycles and Chart Patterns in Financial Markets" has been completed. The DVD of this extraordinary event will be available in about one month. The LMS (Learning Management System) will also be available for uploading to new students who want to avail themselves of this training over the next two years. The LMS is expected to be available in about 6 weeks. You will be able to order the DVD through MMA and MMTA's website shortly. If you wish to place your order sooner, please call Maureen Hogan or Amber Lundsten at 1-248-626-3034, or email to mhogan@merrimanmta.com. The cost of the DVD or the LMS will be $3000. It includes the 130+-page workbook, which follows right along with the DVD and LMS program.

             Copies of the recent talk given in Phoenix, Arizona are now available in either a CD form at or MP3 audio version. Each order will also receive the power point presentation that goes along with the speech. It was good speech, titled, "Outlook for Political, Economic, and Financial Trends for 2013". You may call 1-248-626-3034 to see, or you may email us at ordersmma@msn.com for an update. It should be available as well on our website by early next week.

             Our 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.

             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.

             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 :

             May 30 - June 2, 2013 : Great Lakes Astrology Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. Featuring internationally known astrologers, Michael Lutin, Chris McRae, Monica Dimino, Glenn Perry, Lea and Aleksandar Imsiragic, Sandra Leigh Serio, and Raymond Merriman. For further information, please contact Pamela Wenzel at jcweipw@juno.com, or visit their Facebook page.

             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 dukeoneil1@gmail.com, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at ted.fisher@comcast.net. 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.


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