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The best market timing for Silver

May 23 - 2016
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

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The "Sell in May and go away" mantra appeared prevalent in world equity markets last week. Of course, the exodus from stocks was further fueled by a chorus of Federal Reserve Board governors suggesting that a rate hike in June is a possibility. We would also like to remind readers that Mercury and Mars and still retrograde, and the mutable T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune is getting very tight, which means readers might also want to remember our mantra : "Don't believe anything you read, hear, or see under the Incredible Spring Lineup of Geocosmic Signatures".

It was exactly one year ago, on May 19, 2015, that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) made its all-time high of 18,351. Within the following three months, it plunged over 16%, to a low of 15,370 on August 24, 2015, a powerful three-star geocosmic critical reversal time period (CRD) described at the time. It tested that low two more times, on January 20 and February 11, 2016, before embarking on another spectacular rally to form a double top to the all-time at 18,167 on April 20, within orb of MMA's last three-star critical reversal date. Since that time, the DJIA has started another decline. So far the low has been 17,311, recorded last Thursday. May 19, as Mercury nears the end of this retrograde motion (May 22) and the Sun enters Gemini (May 20). That's a decline of 856 points, which seems like a lot, but is actually less than a 5% drop.

Other world equity markets did not fare nearly as well on the previous rally as the DJIA. Germany's DAX index, for instance, only rallied to a high of 10,474 on April 21, well below its all-time high of 12,390 one year earlier. The Japanese Nikkei could only get back to 17,613 on April 25. Its high in mid-2015 was 20,952. However, they did not suffer so much on last week's decline as the American markets did. Their central banks gave no indication of a possible rate hike, either, as did the U.S. central bank.

The flood of Fed officials suggesting a rate hike spooked the currency and precious metals markets last week as well. Gold had made a 15-month double top at 1306 on May 2, just two trading days after Mercury turned retrograde (its high 15 months ago was 1307.80, also very near to a Mercury retrograde). It was trying to challenge this level again as it rallied to 1290 on Monday, May 16. However, the flood of hawkish Fed officials commenting on the possibility of a rate hike dropped it all the way down to 1244 by Thursday, May 19. Silver also dropped sharply on those announcements, from a high of 18.06 on May 2 to 16.35 on May 19, with most of the decline starting on Wednesday, May 18. Directly related to that was the sudden rally in the Dollar and sharp decline in foreign currencies against the U.S. Dollar, like other Japanese Yen and Euro.

Short-Term Geocosmics & LONG-TERM THOUGHTS :

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt, will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside, and it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'

Bob Dylan, 1964 within orb of the last Uranus/Pluto conjunction, Columbia Records

Last week was another bizarre but typical week in financial markets, per Mercury retrograde. The Trickster kept coming up with new and unexpected announcements, especially from banking leaders, but also a major shift in the political arena. Donald Trump suddenly has momentum and in a FOX news poll last week, has overtaken of Hillary Clinton, 45-41% as the preferred choice of likely voters for the USA Presidency. Trump also scored lower disapproval numbers (unfavorables) than her for the first time. What has happened , Of course, this is a FOX news poll, which tends to be friendlier to conservatives. The New York Times/CBS poll, which is friendlier to the liberal cause, still shows Hillary leading, 47-41%. Yet even that difference has closed dramatically from the high double digit spread of its prior polls. She is not closing out this primary race with Bernie Sanders in championship form. Two weeks ago, everyone was talking about the fractured Republican Party. Last week they began talking about the fracture suddenly arising in the Democratic Party. This is so typical of Mercury retrograde, compounded by Mars retrograde at the same time, and both within the highly charged mutable T-square. This suggests that people are fickle, tending to change positions abruptly, which means nothing stands still, and reality today is but an illusion. No one really knows what is going on, but everyone now senses that something very significant is unfolding in societies everywhere, and not just in the USA.

We can go back to 2008, when the Cardinal Climax of 2008-2015 began. A tremendous world-wide political shift started. In the USA, the first African-American president was elected, which stunned the world, but offered much "Hope and Change", which Americans hungered for. Obama promised to fundamentally transform the USA government, and that he did, although not in the unified way he campaigned would happen. And this led to another major shift in politics, when the Tea Party arose out of nowhere and gave control of the House to the Republicans.

The year after that, the Occupy Wall Street Movement gained influence, and the pendulum swung back to Obama, who won a second term in 2012. But right after that, series of scandals erupted in the Administration (Benghazi, IRS, Health Care broken promises), and the Republicans took the mid-term elections again, gaining control of not just the House, but also the Senate. And then came ISIS and the Russia-Ukraine annexation, followed by the massive refugee crisis and migration disaster that now threatens the European Union, as Europe starts to make a sharp turn to the right, as noted in both France and Austria, with Germany slowly starting its turn too, not to mention Great Britain and its approach to "Brexit". All of that was conceived under the Cardinal Climax, when Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto entered cardinal signs, forming a potent T-square with one another for the first time since 1928-1934.

What we are witnessing today are the consequences of the actions and decisions made then. That is the nature of Pluto. It sees a need or reform, for transformation, and it starts the process. However, the consequences are not known or seen right away, for Pluto has an "incubation" character. The seeds are sown under Pluto aspects, but they don't sprout until a few years after Pluto passes out of its orb of influence in aspect to other planets, like Saturn and Uranus.

We can also look to the mid to late 1960's as another parallel. That is when the Uranus/Pluto conjunction took place (1965-1966). Its first quarter square (first phase) took place in 2012-2015. Like 1965-1966, when the seeds of discontent (anti-establishment) were sown, it took two years later, in 1968, for the real ugly part of that principle (aspect) to manifest (the assassination of Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, and the riots at the 1968 democratic convention in Chicago).

The rise of terrorism and urban violence (anti-police) in 2012-2015 under Uranus square Pluto, is manifesting in a very nasty (but entertaining) presidential election season here in the USA, much like 1968. Episodes of violence have begun to erupt with supporters and dissenters of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the two "out of the box" candidates running on the issue that Washington (government) is corrupt. Both conventions now fear violent protests this summer, in Cleveland (Republicans) and Philadelphia (Democrats).

People around the world are wondering, "What is happening to America", Americans are wondering "What has happened to our political system", The same phenomenon occurred in 1968. Astrologers (both Mundane and Financial) are thinking : "Isn't this about what we expected under these aspects", Under Saturn square Neptune, didn't we anticipate something like a "Crooked Hillary", Under Uranus still within aspect of its square to Pluto, didn't we expect someone like a "Cannonball Donald".

With the Mutable T-square in effect into September, we can expect more sudden and bizarre changes. It is possible to conceive of a third party candidate by then.

As far as shorter-term aspects and their relationship to mundane events and financial markets, we note a full Moon takes place May 22, along with Mercury turning retrograde. We note the full Moon this weekend is with Mars, which probably accounts for the possibility of a terrorist act in the crash of the Egyptian airliner on Thursday, May 19. We also note that on May 26, Jupiter makes its third and final passage in waning square to Saturn, followed by the second Saturn Neptune waning square that takes place June 17. This all relevant to Crude Oil prices.

We furthermore note that the stock market topped out April 20-25, very close to the time that Mars turned retrograde. It turns direct on June 29. Any market that made an important trend change around the time of the retrograde, is a candidate to continue that counter-trend move until Mars turns direct. These are all matters that will be covered in our June 5, mid-year, world-wide webinar. It will be an important one because, "The times, they are a changin'".

Longer-Term Geocosmic Signatures :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             The next Raymond Merriman webinar will take place Sunday, June 5, at 11:45 AM, Eastern Daylight time. It will last a little less than two hours, and will cover the outlook for interest rates, real estate market, grains and foods, Gold, Silver, the USA stock market, Crude Oil, and the U.S. Dollar. The cost will be $45.00. A power point of the slides will be included with your reservation. TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT THIS EVENT, call MMA at 1-248-626-3034, or email In about three weeks, you will be able to reserve on line. Live attendance will be limited to 100 people. All of these webinars have sold out in the past, so reserve early and guarantee your slot

             Our fourth interview on "The Incredible Spring Lineup of Geocosmic Signatures", has now been posted on our YouTube station at This latest video focuses on the importance of the current Mercury retrograde and contains a special section on the recent explosion upwards in Silver prices. All four interviews are available for viewing. Part 1 can be seen at :, and Part 2 at Part 3 may also be viewed now at These videos are getting great reviews and are very relevant right now. Hosted by German Journalist and Astrologer Antonia Langsdorf, interviewing Raymond Merriman, these YouTube videos describe the incredible spring geocosmic lineup now in force, and its association with financial markets and world affairs. You will not be disappointed. You will be surprised. .

             We are pleased to announce that the second MMA Investment Retreat will take place at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island in San Diego, California, March 10-13, 2017. One of our guest speakers will be Ted Lee Fisher, money manager, retired member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and a legend in Commodity Futures for his pioneering work on creating Treasury futures. He is one of the most profound thinkers I have met on the current situation in world financial markets - a brilliant man and savvy trader, who has also been an ordained Buddhist Monk, and for 40 years, a diligent practicing lay person. We will open up early registration for this event shortly. Stay tuned, and don't miss this powerfully enlightening event!

             New interview! It seems like we are in demand for interviews lately, which is a good thing. It probably also illuminates the fact that the investment world is in a state of uncertainty right now, and given our accurate forecasts of late, and outlook for 2016, they want to know what we think, how we view the current state of affairs financially and politically. The highly regarded just conducted an interview/review of Forecast 2016 Book by yours truly.
It is very good, discussing major political, economic, and financial market themes of 2016. To view please go to It is in English here, but will soon be translated into Spanish. For our Spanish-speaking friends, will be posting our free weekly column in Spanish shortly.

             Our monthly MMA Cycles (The monthly edition of the MMA International Cycles Report (ICR) 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.
Two-issue trial subscriptions are available for this service for $55.00, which includes the current issue and the next month's as well.
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 $55.00.

             MMA's annual Forecast Book, written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, is now completed and HAS SOLD OUT! There will not be a second printing. However, eBook copies may still be purchased. That is the beauty of this new electronic age and books. You never sell out of eBooks.

This year's printed version of Forecast 2016 will also available in four other languages, as follows :
Dutch : at
German : at
Japanese : at
Russian : at

             MMA's weekly and daily reports have been extremely accurate and profitable lately, catching the lows in metals, stocks, crude oil, soybeans, and currencies. 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 Daily Market reports. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or weekly basis. These weekly reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Gold and Silver, plus GLD and SLV (the Gold and Silver ETF's). 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. For more information, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). And since early December, these reports have been extremely profitable. As subscriber and trader R.B. of Albuquerque, NM writes",You have been on an incredible run for a while ; I have never seen anything like it". Well, when everything lines up just right...

             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 :

             June 5, 2016, 11:45 AM, EST : Mid-year Review of Financial Markets with Raymond Merriman. Our next webinar. Reservations to the live event online is limited to the first 100 people who apply. Cost is @45.00, and will last slightly less than 2 hours.

             October 13-17, 2016 : ISAR 2016 - "The Power of Forecasting Meets the Consequence of Choice". Costa Mesa, California (near LA). The climax will be a panel of expert Mundane Astrologers giving their Forecast of the USA 2016 Presidential Election. An "Application to Speak" process is currently underway. More details at, and via the ISAR ezine that is sent out to all members of the organization. This event will include tracks on Mundane and Financial Astrology as Forecasting Tools, plus others on Psychological Shifts in Life, Timing of Spiritual Transformations, and Timing of Significant Relationships.

             March 9-13, 2017 : Second MMA Investment Retreat, is now confirmed at the beautiful Kona Kai Hotel right on the Pacific Ocean, in San Diego, California. Save the dates! It will be special. Cost is $4000 ($3300 if reserved by July 1, 2016, $3600 if reserved by October 15). Details now available on the MMA website (

             The MMA Catalogue of products and services for 2015 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.

             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, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at 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

             It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Egon von Greyerz to MMA Investment Retreat faculty of presenters. I met Egon last week in Girona, Spain, at a special gathering attended by MMTA Graduates Nitin Bhandari (India), Philipp Beyer (Germany), Henry Canciglia (USA) and myself. Egon is an expert on Gold. He owns Matterhorn Asset Management, a Swiss Asset Management company specializing in wealth preservation, located in Zurich ( He was also the person who initiated the "Save Our Swiss Gold" Act in Switzerland late last year, which would have required the Swiss National Bank to back up their assets with 20% Gold holdings. The initiative failed, but his reasons for initiating this effort are still valid. Egon is very interested in MMA cycles' work, and will share his outlook on Gold and the world debt. This is a real treat!

             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.

             The new book titled Solar-Lunar Keys to Gold Prices : Secrets of a Gold Trader , is now out. The long awaited sequel to the Secrets of a Silver Trader is due out in late October (maybe before)!!!
Now, GOLD as you have never seen it by night or day. The studies for the soon-to-be-released book are now completed and the results are now being used in the weekly and daily MMA subscription reports for short-term trading strategies in Gold. That's right... historically tested Solar-Lunar Correlations to trading reversals in the Gold Market - as only available from Raymond Merriman. The studies cover over 40 years of daily Gold, starting from December 31, 1974 through April 2015. The book will change how you approach trading Gold using these leading solar-lunar indicators, with very clear instructions as to "when" to expect 3%, 4%, or greater reversals in Gold prices and how to trade them. It will be a valuable guide for short-term traders of Gold, GLD, and other ETF's involving Gold prices. You may call 1-248-626-3034 or email and place your pre-order now. It is also now available for purchase on the MMA web site at Order now and get the first printing of this new book on trading Gold!

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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