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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
September 23- 2013
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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The Market Week in Review :
Heliocentric Mercury entering Sagittarius on September 18 was at its best - and worst - last week. That was the day the Federal Reserve Board made the unexpected announcement that it would not start to taper its remarkable (and dubious) quantitative easing program. It will continue to keep short-term rates near 0%, and it will continue buying $85 billion mortgage-backed securities and U.S. Treasuries every month until it believes that the risks to economy have passed. At first, the markets loved it as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P soared to new all-time highs immediately afterwards. Gold soared over $80.00 over the following 24 hours and both Treasuries and currencies skyrocketed. The next day investors began to hate it. Both stocks and precious metals gave back most or all of those gains made just two days earlier.
The Fed was roundly criticized for its failure to provide "proper guidance" to investors. It "confused" them, said market commentators. However, what did you expect with the Moon in Pisces that day, nearing its full moon status ? And let us not forget that the whole misunderstanding began in May when FRB Chair Ben Bernanke announced the possibility of tapering under Neptune turning retrograde. From a financial astrology point of view, how much more confusing can it get than that ? How much more likely was it that one could be misunderstood than that ? We warned then that this was a big misunderstanding, and on retrospect, even that warning was a big underestimation. The week ended with the Moon in Aries, sign of dissent and combativeness. By the end of the week, appropriately enough, investors were challenged to apply their anger management skills over Bernanke's perceived flip-flops on recent policy statements. The week before, they had the same kind of challenge in reference to Obama's flip-flops on Syria. With this much flipping, it's no wonder that financial markets flopped by the end of last week.
How crazy was it last week ? Prior to Fed's surprise announcement Wednesday afternoon, September 18, the DJIA was trading at 15,470. Within 2 hours of that announcement, the DJIA was making a new all-time high of 15,709. By Friday's close, it was back down to 15,455. It wasn't much different in Gold and Silver. On Wednesday morning, Gold was trading down to 1291 and Silver at 2122, its lowest price since early August. Within 24 hours, Gold was up to 1375 and Silver at 2344. They closed the week (the next day) at 1325 and 2180 respectively. In Financial Astrology, that's what is known as heliocentric Mercury in Sagittarius.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
The only new position opened up in the weekly subscription report was in November Soybeans, which advised , "Position traders are flat and may buy on a decline below 1320, with a stop-loss on a close below xxx". The low occurred right at the end of the week as beans fell to 1312 and closed at 1315. So, we will see how this works out now.
The best trade in the daily report was in the December T-Notes, which on Thursday, September 19, advised, " Aggressive traders may now look to buy at 125/00-125/05 if offered, with a stop-loss on a close below 124/16". The low that day was 125/04 and it closed the week at 125/09.
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 provided a glimpse of what heliocentric Mercury in Sagittarius looks like. Last week's column alerted readers to this type of volatility as follows: "It just so happens that that same day - September 18 - Heliocentric Mercury enters Sagittarius, an ingress that Financial Astrologer Jeanne Long identified as a particularly volatile period for Gold and Silver several years ago. We just sent out a special report to our Gold and Silver traders on what to expect then". It's not over. Heliocentric Mercury remains in Sagittarius through September 29.
The bigger geocosmic signature coming up this week is the Moon's North Node (also known as Rahu) in conjunction with Saturn on September 25. This 11-year cosmic cycle combines the principles of accountability, responsibility, seriousness, and consequences for one's actions, with the principles of reformation, transformation, and renewal. Its orb of influence is up to 9 months either side, so it is not a trading aspect. The last time it occurred was in June 2002, just four months before the end of the 4-year cycle and 2-1/2 bear market in U.S. stocks, and nine months prior to the U.S. start of the Iraqi conflict.
But back to this week - the week starting September 23, as the Sun moves out of the regulatory and micromanaging sign of Virgo and into Libra, the sign of justice, fairness, and schmoozing. On Thursday, September 26, Venus (ruler of Libra) will make a favorable trine aspect to Jupiter. This is yet another window of opportunity to come to agreements. The Saturn/Lunar Node conjunction is serious and filled with anxiety, and at the same time, serious proposals may get traction by Thursday with the trine of Venus-Jupiter. Keep in mind that the Saturn/Nodal conjunction is also trine Neptune. There is a serious movement afoot to attain peace and avoid warfare. But, given that the Saturn/Nodal conjunction is in Scorpio, the battleground is about to shift to the field of finances again. Debt, deficits and downgrades are still on the horizon. If hopeful budget agreements are not solidified by next weekend when Venus squares Mars, the dynamics will quickly change as the Sun enters into a grand square with the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square, October 1-12. Shortly after that, Mercury will start its next retrograde cycle (October 21-November 10), just in time for the big USA government shutdown showdown.
Longer Term Thoughts :
"You might be goin' nowhere, or you might have been there before;
Maybe all of a sudden, you don't know yourself no more".
• Natalie Cole. "You Got To Serve Somebody", from "Snowfall on the Sahara". 1999, Electra Entertainment
These are difficult times. They are confusing times, as witnessed by the actions of leaders such as President Obama, Ben Bernanke, and the world's reactions to their changing positions, or the positions others think they stand on.
For right now, let's just look at the case of President Obama, for he is going to be with us for a while, and Bernanke is soon to be retired. It is clear what's going on with Obama from an astrological point of view: he is under the heavy fog (may even delusion) of transiting Neptune, which forms a square to his natal Moon in Gemini and opposition to his natal Pluto. This difficult transit began in late February 2013, and as was discussed at length in this column at the time and in the Forecast 2013 Book, that is when his popularity would peak and then decline until early 2015. A series of scandals would erupt, and sides would be taken as to whether he was the cause or the victim of these scandals. That forecast is holding up so far.
Yet there is an inner dimension to this transit of Neptune as well, the nature of which was described rather accurately (if not intentionally) by Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2013 ("The Obama M.O".). In the article, Henninger writes, "Mr. Obama doesn't do Washington politics. Disappointed acolytes say it is because he is 'passive.' That underestimates him. For Mr. Obama, the affairs of state are wholly a function of whatever is inside his mind... From where he sits, it is the job of the political world outside to adjust and conform to the course of the president's orbit". This is how Neptune often works: there is reality and there is Reality, but Neptune doesn't see the line in the sand that differentiates what one draws and what others see. Neptune says, "If I draw it, then that's where it is. And if I change it, that's where it was then and still is now. In fact, I never drew it in the first place. You did". With the Moon in Gemini, this becomes incredibly complicated because a justification can be given for whatever position one decides to take - and change. It is a function of whatever is inside the mind of one under the influence of Neptune.
Now there are a series of crisis points looming ahead: the debt-ceiling limit, the possibility of a government shutdown, the threat of Obama Care defunding, the time line for Syria turning in its chemical weapons, etc. In regards to the debt-ceiling limit, the President has said he will not negotiate with his Congress on this point. Yet on the matter of Syrian time lines, he is eager to negotiate peace with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar Assad. On the matter of a government shutdown for failure to pay its bills, lest Obama Care is defunded, well. here is a case where the President gets the luxury of seeing the Republican Party self-destruct. How will he handle this ? Will he passively stand back and watch the self-destruction take place all on its own (a little like the approach to Syria for the past two years) ? Or, will he interject himself into the Republican civil war and thereby arouse sympathy for his opposition with ill-advised insults that will reveal him as petty, and not really serious about achieving a political solution to a major national crisis ? Neptune can choose either path - and then deny it.
These are some of the concerns that investors have as the Saturn-North Node and the fourth passage of the Uranus-Pluto square approaches in the near future. This is part of the reason why stocks and other assets sold off sharply last week following the Fed's decision to not scale back its monthly bond buying activities. By itself, investors loved that decision. But, they didn't like the fact that it was contrary to their expectations, and they don't like the possible financial crises looming ahead regarding the USA fiscal situation. With aspects like this ahead, who can blame them ? And who can really blame Bernanke and crew from holding back until those government crises are properly dealt with ?. This is indeed a continuing risky fiscal and financial climate.
To be continued (next week).
MMA is also pleased to announce that the pre-orders for Forecast 2014 Book will begin now. A special $45.00 rate (plus postage) is now available to those who order next year's book prior to October 31, 2013. You may also qualify for a 10% discount on any yearly MMA subscription reports (MMA Cycles Report - monthly, MMA Weekly Financial Markets reports, or MMA Daily reports) if ordering the Forecast 2014 Book as well. The rate after October 31 will be $55.00 plus postage. The Forecast 2014 Book will cover the second Cardinal Climax period, which is in effect now and will peak in April 2014. It will discuss the world and national outlook for the economy and politics, the collective psychology, "hot" times during the year to watch, as well as our long-term and yearly outlook for U.S. stock indices, Gold, Silver, Treasuries and interest rates, Currencies, Crude Oil, weather, and Grain markets. The book will be printed and delivered on or before December 15. It is available is paper edition or e-book format. For a review of last year's forecasts, and/or more information on ordering Forecast 2014, please go to www.mmacycles.com.
Course 4 of MMA's Market Timing Academy : This is the course that short-term traders have been waiting for !!! If you are a short-term trader, and want to know the best times to trade each month based on Sun-Moon signs and lunar phases, then this is the course you will not want to miss! There is nothing like this course taught anywhere else. It is Course 4 of MMA's Market Timing Academy (MMTA), and will be conducted at the Michigan State University Management Education Center (MEC) in Troy, Michigan. The title for this course is "Solar-Lunar Correlations to Short-Term Trading Cycles", and it will cover topics like: the General Flow of Moon Through the Signs and its Correspondence to Price Activity in U.S. Stock Market and Precious Metals ; Formal Research Studies that Measure the Correlation of Solar-Lunar Combinations to Short-Term Trading Reversals in Financial Markets (Tops and Bottoms) ; Important Sun-Moon Correlations for U.S. Stocks ; Important Sun-Moon Correlations for Silver; Understanding the Trade Set Up for Optimal Use of Solar-Lunar Reversals ; Enhancing timing using intraday charts (60-, 30- and 5-minute charts); and much more. The cost of this course is $2750.00. Registration ends October 10. All participants will have access to viewing the raw footage of the course for the following 30 days at no extra cost. You may attend in person, or via the live webinar. The course includes the Course 4 workbook, which is worth the price of the course itself. Short-term trading, as discussed in this course, pertains to positions lasting as short as a few hours (one day) to as long as three weeks. For information and registration, please go to www.mmacycles.com or www.merrimanmta.com, or call us at 1-248-626-3034. SIGN UP NOW TO ASSURE YOUR SEAT IN THIS SPECIAL EVENT, THE LAST ONE FOR 2013!!!
Course 3 of MMA's Market Timing Academy took place August 10-12, 2013, at the Management Education Center (MEC) in Troy, Michigan. The title of this course is "Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles. " It defined trading cycles - their length and patterns - and show which geocosmic signatures coincide with primary, half-primary, major, and shorter-term trading cycles in several financial markets, i.e. gold, silver, stock indices, currencies, grains. It discussed the historical correlation of Mars in Scorpio and heliocentric Mercury on Sagittarius to sharp swings in gold and silver, and how to trade them.
The DVD and LMS of this course will be available around mid-September. This is a course you will not want to miss! The cost is $2750 for each.
For information and registration, please go to here or there, or call us at 1-248-626-3034.
Course 2 of MMTA, titled".Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles in Financial Market". has been completed!!! The raw footage of this course is now available, and the DVD will be available in six weeks. This course examined the correlation of Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and the Moon's North Node to long-term trends and their cycle troughs and crests in many financial markets, including stock indices and precious metals, going back over 200 years. Special attention was be given to the Uranus-Pluto and Saturn-Neptune cycles in various financial and commodity markets, plus the transit of Jupiter through the signs of the zodiac and its correlation to long- and intermediate-term stock market and Silver cycles. The cost of this raw footage or DVD is $2750. For information and/or registration, please go to here or there, or call us at 1-248-626-3034.
If you are interested in a review of Course 1 of MMTA that took place April 6-8, please visit here. Or go to the www.mmacycles.com website and scroll down the first page. Henry Canciglia has an extensive background in the U.S. political and intelligence community. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Henry is one of the 15 apprentices for the two-year MMTA course.
Our monthly MMA Cycles report and its companion MMA Japanese Cycles and MMA European Cycles reports will come out this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers.
- 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.
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 :
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.
January 17-18, 2014 : Zurich, Switzerland. Forecast 2014, sponsored by AstroData. For further information, please go to there, or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or email. This will be special, and a great opportunity to meet some very impressive market timers who will be present. Register now as seating is limited !.
March 10-13, 2014 : The second year of MMTA will begin with Course 5 : More later.
June 2-5, 2014 : MMTA Course 6
September 25-28, 2014 : The ISAR International Astrology Conference, Phoenix, AZ. This will be the "big one" next year with dozens of well-known international astrologers present ! Mark your calendars and plan to attend it. Information will soon be available at www.iasastrology.com.
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 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.