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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
May 20 - 2013
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

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The Market Week in Review :

As the world races towards the third passage of the waxing Uranus-Pluto square series on this Monday, May 20, stock indices around the globe are soaring - along with the U.S. Dollar - while Gold, Silver, and other world currencies are plummeting.

The market activity of last week brings to the forefront the two types of market behavior that tends to occur when strong Uranus signatures are present. The first type of behavior is a sudden and sharp reversal of the trend, usually within three trading days. This is usually coincident with a sudden shock to the world, either in the field of politics and government, or a natural (or even man-induced) calamity. The second type of market behavior often seen around the time of a prominent Uranus signature is what we commonly call a "break out". Uranus has no respect for boundaries. They are simply challenges to be broken. Thus, when trading near all-time or multi-year highs or lows, financial markets will often "break out" above those highs or below those lows, creating much excitement in the process.

As we witnessed last week, many of the world equity markets have indeed broken to new all-time or multi-year highs. It appears that the Uranus-Pluto signature is manifesting that way this time for those markets. However, that was not the case under the first two passages (June 14 and September 19, 2012). During those episodes, the stock markets of the world reversed their trends. Gold and Silver, on the other hand, are still holding their multi-year lows of April 16. It remains to be seen if they will reverse here, or plunge to new multi-year lows next week. With Uranus, it is always hard to predict anything except. things will happen that you do not expect.

Best Trades of the Past Week :

The best weekly trade last week was in Crude Oil, which advised , "Aggressive traders may buy weekly support ((93.89-94.14) with a stop-loss on a close below 90.00..". The low as 92.13 and the close was 96.02. New positions were also established in T-Notes and Soybeans.

The best trade in the daily report last week was in either the June Euro or T-Notes, which on Thursday (May 16) advised (for Euro), " Aggressive traders . may sell short at 1.2900 or higher with a stop-loss above 1.2950". The high on Thursday was 1.2932, and the close on Friday was 1.2831. And for June T-Notes, the same report advised, "Position traders. may sell short if prices rally back to 132/16 or higher, with a stop-loss on a close above 134 to start with. The high of the day and week was 132/17 and T-Notes closed the week at 131/27.

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 :  

Basically, we are watching five geocosmic developments this week (and in weeks to come). The first is the Uranus-Pluto square of May 20, as discussed at length last week. The second is the transit of Jupiter through the second half of Gemini, a planet-sign combination that has a historical correlation with all-time highs in stock indices, if at the same time there is a hard Uranus-Pluto aspect, which is the case right now. This geocosmic passage is mostly in effect April 12-June 4, but it could remain in force until Jupiter passes the USA Jupiter on July 19, as described in the Forecast 2013 book.

Third, we continue to watch the approach of the great Grand Trine of July 17-19, 2013, when three of the five outermost planets (Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune) enter into 4 degrees of water signs (we haven't seen that since 1967). It is possible that world stock indices will be pulled up to its cycle crest within six weeks of this time, since planets and patterns of this cyclical length seldom coincide with a top or bottom right on the date of the aspect. Fourth, we note that we are still within ten degrees of the Sun-Mars conjunction until May 31. No other aspect has had as frequent a correlation to 10% or greater reversals in the DJIA as this (not counting aspects between planets of Jupiter and beyond), according to a study presented several years ago.

And finally, we watch the relationship of the daily transits in the next two weeks to the New York Stock Exchange chart, founded May 17, 1792 (Happy Birthday, NYSE!). This is known as the "Buttonwood Chart". It is especially significant in the next two weeks, for transiting Jupiter is about to make a grand trine here to the NYSE Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Libra and Pluto in Aquarius (23-27 degrees). This Grand Trine will be in force approximately May 20-June 22. The NYSE chart is also highlighted May 21-28, as Mars will conjunct the NYSE Mercury-Pluto conjunction, square Pluto. This transit has a very high correlation to sharp declines in the USA stock market, although the duration of decline can be quite brief.

Longer Term Thoughts :

This Monday, May 20, will mark the third of the seven passages of the Uranus-Pluto waxing square, the most potent and enduring aspect of our lifetime. As we near the midpoint of this explosive and transformative dynamic that started in June 2012 and will not end until mid-March 2015, it is time to consider what life is like now that we are deep within the bowels of this beast. All the bombshell revelations of government cover-ups and the new surge of regulatory laws and criminal investigations related to tax issues and securities malpractice - all related to the Pluto in Capricorn part of this 33-month transit - are suddenly coming to surface and heads are rolling.

And whose reputation is taking the biggest hit for this onslaught of emerging new scandals ? The USA Commander in Chief, whose own natal chart is now besieged with multiple transits involving both Neptune and Saturn, as described at length in these columns earlier this year. You may remember in the first two months of 2013 we featured successive articles on the idea that Mr. Obama's favorable transits (Neptune trine his natal Venus) would end in February. Over the next two years, he would be spending an inordinate amount of time defending his reputation and credibility amidst one accusation after another. Transiting Neptune is in the early stages of forming a T-square to his natal Moon-Pluto square, while Saturn is sitting on his natural Neptune, forming a square to his natal Sun. His willingness to be transparent, open, and honest - the remedies of both Saturn and Neptune - with the public will affect the legacy he leaves behind. The natural tendency of such a powerful combination of transits is to withdraw and lose desire to be a force in the world. It is telling that in a recent press conference, he replied, "Well, given the way you put it, maybe I should just give up", to a critical question of his leadership posed by one reporter.

Is it possible that all of these scandals are blown out of proportion and merely a circus of distraction as the President claims ? Yes, that can happen when Neptune is involved. It can be a result of misunderstandings, misinformation (perhaps even intentional) and false rumors designed to bring maximum embarrassment to their target (the person undergoing hard transiting aspects to or from Neptune). One is either a victim of such rumormongering, or one can rise above the fracas and exhibit the positive qualities of Neptune, which include sympathy, empathy, deep care and concern, and a vision of a better world and better relations. The absolute worst thing one can do under such transits is to become defensive, defiant, and in denial that he/she has done anything wrong. Well, there is one thing that could be even worse : to blame the problem on the accuser(s), for that inevitably backfires when others step up and offer support for the accuser(s).

Thus, we are going to spend the next few columns analyzing the events related to the middle of this powerful Uranus-Pluto square, especially between now and its fourth passage, which will take place on November 1. It is usually the time leading up to the middle passage (the fourth passage in this case) that is the most intense.

For our overseas readers who may be unfamiliar with the scandals that are erupting here in the USA over the past two weeks (as we head into this current Uranus-Pluto passage), they include (but are not limited to) the following three developments.
- First, the new hearings on Benghazi terrorist attack on the U.S., embassy on September 11, 2012 that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, where high-level officials have now stepped forward to offer testimony that refutes the narratives of both the White House and State department.
- Second, the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS, the USA tax collection agency) has targeted groups (that were opposed to President Obama) for special auditing and delays in their request for tax-exempt status during the 2012 elections. Pluto (in Capricorn) rules taxes and government tax agencies, and of course, the revelations of this cover-up and the subsequent termination of those in charge of IRS departments fall under the domain of Pluto.
- Third, the revelation that the U.S Justice department seized phone records of the Associated Press (AP). These intrusions by government agencies into the financial records, phone records, and the disclosure (leaks) to the press of donors of groups that oppose the President's agenda are creating a picture of a government that is thuggish, intrusive, and not above using its powers to create discomfort or even punish those perceived to be its enemies. This is exactly the sort of thing that the President does not need in order to solidify his role to the USA public as someone who serves all the people of the country, and not just those who support him.

It is going to be a bizarre next two years for the United States and its President. That's what the principles of Financial Astrology suggest. And they've been fairly accurate about these matters since the Cardinal Climax of 2008-2015 commenced. It's not a period of hopelessness. It's a "Time of Reckonin". and accountability for past behaviors. If they have been hidden or covered up, they now come to the surface. If they have been transparent and current conditions can be accounted for, then a foundation for constructive reforms has been set into place.

To be continued (next week). 

Announcements :

             Due to the forthcoming Course 2 of MMA's Market Timing Academy (MMTA) on June 15, and the vast amount of preparation needed to conduct this training, these free weekly columns of the next 3-4 weeks will be shorter than usual. I will need all the time I can muster in order to complete these preparations. Needless to say, I am very excited about the next course, which will instruct students and apprentices on the correlation of long-term geocosmic cycles to long-term financial market cycles, with an emphasis on stock indices, Gold, and Silver, but with material also related to Grains and Treasuries.

             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 two weeks. 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.

             The student and apprentices of MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy) are now completing their first assignment, which was to identify and analyze the long-, intermediate-, and short-term cycles of a financial market of their choice, and make a forecast based on those cycle studies and research. The first of these papers has been received on an analysis of the Italian Stock Market, from Massimo Moras and Leonard Farina. It is excellent. If you would like to read this paper - and others to come from these MMTA student-apprentices, feel free to do so at http://www.merrimanmta.com/reports/index.shtml, or www.merrimanmta.com, under "Student Research". I think you will be as impressed as I am of the quality of work these students are performing already.

             Following the last MMTA workshop in April, MMA entered into an official affiliation with MetaStock. As most of our subscribers know, MetaStock has been my preferred analysis tool for several years now. I particularly appreciate the crispness of their graphics, excellent scanning capabilities, and wide range of technical indicators that I use in the analysis of our various reports. As part of our affiliation, MetaStock is offering special discount and free trial to all MMA readers and subscribers. If you would like to try a free trail of Metastock in order to view and evaluate their charting software, please go to www.metastock.com/merriman . Let us know what you think.

             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 theBest 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 identifiesBig 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 thatextra 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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