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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
January 26 - 2015
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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"As with all currencies, we expect a big reversal either now, nearby Dec 19-22, or Jan 2-5. There may be a big and unexpected announcement by central banks to "reset" currency valuations within the next four weeks". - MMA Weekly and MMA Weekly Currencies Report, mid-December, 2014.
The idea is that if you print enough money, prices will go higher. Another theory holds that if you fight the FED (Federal Reserve Board), you will not win. Now other central banks (Japan, Europe) are following the "successful" American central banking model of quantitative easing (QE) to revive their sluggish economies. Every time one of these banks announce they will create more money, make monies more available, and/or use newly printed monies to purchase a nation's debt at historically low rates, equity markets soar. This policy of "market intervention, or engineering", is cheered by investors, who jump aboard for the apparent risk-free ride. These policies have caused currencies around the world to plummet, and stock markets around the world to rally higher and higher. In Europe, stock indices soared to record or multi-year highs last week as the ECB announced its new QE program.
We focus mostly upon world equity and precious metal markets in this column. However, if you want to know what is really happening in world finances today, you need look no further than the currency markets. That is where the Uranus/Pluto square is very evident, given that Uranus represents volatility and Pluto pertains to debt, and market interventions. The engine driving these currencies is the central banks of the world, and their unorthodox measures (i.e. experiments) to try to manage (i.e. engineer, manipulate) the economies of the world. "Unorthodox", and "experimental", are concepts associated with Uranus. It was therefore not a long stretch of the imagination for a Financial Astrologer to speculate that central banks would try to "reset" currency valuations within 2-3 weeks of the New Year. After all, that was a period in which Uranus made its sixth passage (of seven) in its 33-month square aspect to Pluto, while shortly afterwards both Venus and the Sun "translated" the Uranus/Pluto set up.
Uranus square Pluto is the longest "hard" aspect of our lifetime. It started in June 2012 and will finally end - after seven passages - on March 16, 2015. It is also arguably the most challenging aspect of our lifetime because it touches so many areas of the collective human experience. For instance, in addition to debt and financial manipulation, Pluto (in Capricorn) is associated with both righteousness and corruption. It also corresponds to grabs for power (or wealth), the desire to take away power (or wealth) from one's enemies (who become clearly defined) and transfer it to oneself. This behavior can be noticed within governments or opponents of government, such as terrorist groups who engage in beheadings and abductions, both extreme Plutonian behaviors.
But let's return to today's currency wars. One week ago, on January 14, the Swiss Franc was at its lowest level to the U.S. Dollar since September 2010 (.9777). The next day, the Swiss National Bank made the surprise decision to unpeg the Franc to the Euro currency. Within 20 minutes, the Swiss Franc soared to 1.2282 against the U.S. Dollar, its highest level since September 2011, which was around the time the SNB announced it would 'temporarily" peg the Franc to the Euro. I don't recall seeing a major currency change value that greatly, that quickly. A 3% move is a lot for a currency to change even in a month. A 25% move in 20 minutes is surreal.
On the back of the Swiss National Bank decision, the European Central Bank (ECB) made its first attempt at quantitative easing (QE). So now Europe is going to join Japan and follow the American playbook for an economic miracle. Or so they hope. When the announcement came out on Thursday, January 22, one day after Mercury started its retrograde motion, the Euro currency plunged, testing the 1.1100 level on Friday, its lowest level against the U.S/ Dollar since September 2003. Just 8 months ago, it was testing 1.4000. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Dollar zoomed to 95.48, its highest level against a basket of world currencies since. September 2003.
The European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, and the Federal Reserve Bank all want inflation to increase. The danger, they surmise, is that economic conditions are too deflationary today. Lately, the central banks have been getting what they want. It has not paid to invest against them. Now they want inflation, and they will likely get it. However, with Saturn now starting its 3-year trek in Sagittarius, the sign of exaggeration and expansion (and hence "inflation"), they may get more than they bargained for. In the words of the famous economist Freidrich Hayak, in his book "The Fatal Conceit" (University of Chicago Press, 1988), "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design". But even that is not the real danger. The real danger is that central banks lose their credibility that others have imagined they have. What if they don't succeed in bringing inflation up ? What if they do succeed, but cannot control the rate of its ascent ? What happens if the world loses its faith in the power that the central banks have assumed in managing world economies ? What if Saturn (loss) square Neptune (faith and dreams), turns out to be a nightmare out of control ? That too is a possible manifestation of Saturn square Neptune.
Watch the currency markets. They will be a key to understanding the price movements in other commodity markets, like Gold and Silver. Gold rallied above $1300 last week, for the first time since August 19, even as the Dollar was elevated to its highest mark in over 11 years. Gold rising with the Dollar rising ? That just doesn't happen unless.. the level of uncertainty (loss of faith, loss of control, Saturn square Neptune) in the financial world is rising too.
In the meantime, as long as the world maintains its trust in central banks to control economies, and as long as the central banks continue to devalue their nations' currencies by creating more money and using it to purchase the debt of those nations, the more likely that stocks will keep rising. At least, that is, until the belief in the power of those banks is broken.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
No new trades were initiated last week. However, several of our former positions were exited. In Silver, aggressive traders were advised, ".exit all longs for excellent profits if prices get to 1825 +/- 10". The high of the week was 1850. For the S&P, the weekly report stated, "Position traders are long with a stop-loss on a close below weekly support (1972.50-1972.25). However, let's exit if prices rally to resistance (2053-2053.75) and stand aside during Mercury retrograde". The high of the week was 2062.50. The close was 2043.50.
The best trade in the daily report was in stock indices (all of them). The daily report for Tuesday, January 20, for the NASDAQ, advised, " Aggressive traders are short with a stop-loss on a close above 4185 after covering 1/3 for profits Thursday. Let's cover all and go long at 4100 +/- 25, with a stop-loss on a close below 4030". The low was 4109 that day, and by Thursday, prices were testing 4270. The same day advised traders based on the DJIA, " Aggressive traders are flat and may buy 17,400 +/- 25, with a stop-loss on a close below 17,240". Thursday's report advised, "Aggressive traders are long with a stop-loss on a close below 17,346. Cover 1/3 if prices rally to 17,800-17,850". The high was 17,840. The close was 17,672.
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Short-Term Geocosmics and Longer-Term Thoughts :
Mercury has now begun its retrograde journey in Aquarius, an air sign. As expected, big announcements in the financial world came out last week (ECB). Now we see if their new policies will work as intended. It is my belief that they will not work out as intended (nothing seems to work out as intended when initiated under Mercury retrograde or Uranus square Pluto). We shall see, but I expect more unintended consequences will force Europe to consider other alternatives and changes to this newest effort. I have no idea what "other alternatives" are even possible, but I am sure they will think of something. Perhaps they will consider "debt forgiveness" or "debt relief" to faltering countries. That might be a compassionate expression of the forthcoming Saturn/Neptune square in late 2015 through 2016. But don't bet on it.
Next week finds Venus in early Pisces, square Saturn (January 30) and conjunct Neptune (February 1). This translation of Venus offers a glimpse of the important Saturn/Neptune square coming up later this year, and it occurs right after the FOMC meetings January 27-28. Historically, Saturn/Neptune aspects have one of the highest correlations to the long-term cycle tops and bottoms in many financial markets, (stocks, crude oil, and currencies). We could see shorter-term reversals taking place around January 30-February 1. We might also see doubts and criticisms become more public of the ECB's newly launched stimulus. The currency battles continue, which means more uncertainty and volatility in other markets. Likewise, it might also affect USA President Barack Obama. His natal Moon (public image) and Pluto (personal power) will be the focal point of the Venus-Saturn square with Neptune in the skies. Unlike the central banks, he doesn't get what he wants. In fact, the transiting Saturn suggests that what he gets is many unwanted investigations into past actions. The Moon is the past ; Saturn is the demand to account by others who are critical of you.
Another important short-term geocosmic signature looming ahead for traders is the opposition of the Sun to Jupiter on February 6, which is when the USA Labor Department's payroll and unemployment reports are released. The Sun/Jupiter opposition has one of the highest correlations to primary cycles in the U.S, stock market of all geocosmic studies. If given an orb of ten trading days, it has a 50% correlation to 50-week or greater stock market cycles, and a 75% correspondence with primary cycles, according to studies published in The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing Volume 3". With Jupiter, everything becomes exaggerated. Crude Oil, which is under the domain of Jupiter, Neptune, and Pisces, may be subject to a trend reversal.
Longer-Term Thoughts :
To be continued (next week).
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What's Next ??? Now that the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax will wind down in early 2015, what is the next great challenge awaiting humanity ?.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at email@example.com. 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.
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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.Valeur des terres Robert Loquet - Conseiller général