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The best market timing for Silver

February 8 - 2016
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

This year's printed version of Forecast 2016 will also available in five other languages, as follows :

        Dutch        Deutsch         Japanese       Russian       Italiano

Each of these will also offer the English version of Forecast 2016, as will our Chinese distributor : Your work is essential to anyone who is serious in this field. I can't thank you enough for it.

THE HARD COPY, ENGLISH EDITION OF FORECAST 2016, HAS SOLD OUT! There will not be a second printing. However, eBook copies may still be purchased. That's the beauty of this new electronic age and books. You never sell out of eBooks.

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"Hiring slowed substantially in January, but the fact that more people were working for higher pay signals strength in the labor market and dashes a little of the recent pessimism about the economy. Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 151,000, far short of the expected 190,000. The strong 292,000 gain in December was also reduced by 30,000 workers". - Patti Domm,, February 5, 2016.

"On Friday, February 5, the employment reports for January will be released. If the jobs reports are solid again, this will put more upward pressure on the Dollar because the Fed will then be expected to stay on course to raise their short-term rates. Jupiter is still in Virgo (until September), which implies the labor market will keep growing. However, as the payroll numbers are announced on the morning of February 5, the Moon will be in Capricorn, so the growth in new jobs may not meet estimates this month". - Last week's MMA Free Weekly Comments column, issued January 29. The U.S. Dollar tanked last week to its lowest level since October.

Maybe we should make these forecasts for the job numbers more often. Last week is the third consecutive month we have called this report a week before it happened - in the only three times we have issued a call based on geocosmic and solar/lunar factors in place at the time of the Labor Department's report. In both the December and January reports, we called for much better numbers than expected, based on the Moon conjunct Jupiter (expansion) in Virgo (work force) on the day of the announcement in each case. The employment force continues to grow, per Jupiter in Virgo, but as the numbers and the lunar cycles' indicated on Friday, the growth was disappointing, far less than expected. On that news, global stock markets plummeted.

The majority of the world's stock indices topped out on Monday, February 1, following their multi-month lows around January 20. Several are now in the process of their first re-test of the multi-month lows on January 20.

In the USA, the Dow Jones Industrial Average peaked at 16,510 on February 1, up over 1000 points from its low two weeks earlier. By Wednesday, February 3, the DJIA slipped slightly below 16,000. By Thursday, it was challenging 16,500 again, only to fall hard on Friday, giving up 211 points on the day. The NASDAQ Composite's decline on Friday was more severe. After peaking at 4630 on February 1, it plummeted down to a low of 4350 on Friday, re-testing its 4313 low of January 20.

This pattern was similar in Europe. After reaching a high of 9905 on January 28, the German DAX dropped to a low of 9250 on Friday, February 5. Other European indices made a new cycle high on February 1 for a case of intermarket bearish divergence to the DAX at the time (which did not make a new high last week). The Netherlands AEX and London FTSE then sold off to weekly lows on February 3, and while the Zurich SMI made its weekly low in February 4. In the case of the SMI, the low was 7935, a double bottom to the 7935 multi-month low of January 20.

The same pattern was present in the Japanese Nikkei, which topped out at 17,905 on Monday, February 1, then sold off sharply to a low of 16,627 on February 5. It is still above the 16,017 low of January 20. India's Nifty unveiled a similar pattern. The rest of the Far East and Pacific Rim varied a bit from this pattern, with Russia and China's Shanghai Index actually trending up through most of last week.

The bigger story was in precious metals. Gold continued to soar, in accordance with our Mars-in-Scorpio bullish studies, reaching a new cycle high of 1175 on Friday, well above the start of the cycle around 1045 on December 3 and 17. So far, the gain has been over 12%, which fits the history of this combination where gains are usually at least 8.5%. Silver also rallied to a new cycle high of 1506 on Friday, February 5, its highest mark in three months, and within the price target zone given in our subscription reports. Don't let anyone tell you that there is not a correspondence between planetary cycles and financial market cycles and prices. The Mars-in-Scorpio is one of the best correlations when the set up for it is in place, which was the case this time. Do you remember just a few weeks ago how bearish everyone was on the metals. They are not aware of Mars in Scorpio. They are not aware of the value of Financial Astrology as valuable market timing tool. Worse yet, most don't even accept that market timing is possible, probably because they never took the time to seriously investigate the subject.

Related to the rise in precious metals were the gains in foreign currencies against the US Dollar (and decline in the dollar). The Euro currency, for instance, shot up to 1.1243 on Friday, its highest mark since October. Fundamentally, this relates to the growing belief that the Fed will abandon its plan to raise shot-term rates in March, given the unfolding softness in economic data. For us, the association coincides with Saturn transiting over the natal Mercury/Saturn opposition in the Federal Reserve Board's founding chart (December 23, 1913). Typical of Saturn, the Fed is fearful of making a mistake and they are finding it hard to do anything. They may be paralyzed, and without a clear sign that they will continue with their interest rate hikes, investors think they will hold, off, thus causing the dollar to fall, while other currencies and precious metals rise. Investors may be in for a surprise when March comes, for Mars will move out of Scorpio then, and the Fed may go through with their plans for a rate increase after all, thus giving a renewed boost to the Dollar (and a steep decline in Gold).

Short-Term Geocosmics :  

We are in the midst of very powerful geocosmic forces right now, as described in last week's column. That means the recent powerful moves up (or down) are vulnerable to ending and reversing here.

Venus is making a translation to the Uranus/Pluto square February 5-6 (now). This powerful combination not only coincides with sharp price moves and reversals in financial markets, but also announcements of new taxes and/or an overhaul of the tax systems throughout the world. President Obama just announced he wants to levy a $10/barrel tax increase for clean air (on crude oil) which will probably go nowhere in an election year. Tax overhauls are also in the news these days due to election-year campaign promises. They will also likely fail to be fulfilled as eloquently as outlined by candidates. After all, the major aspect in effect this year is Saturn square to Neptune, which is not a cosmic indicator known for promises kept. To the contrary, the path of least resistance under this signature is to break promises. As stated repeatedly in this column over the past few months, believe nothing that you read or hear under this signature. It will last through September, and possibly last up to nine months afterwards. Then the public's trust in leaders slowly begins to improve, but only after accusations of falsehood and betrayal. Maybe they are not just accusations. Maybe they are real and damaging.

This weekend, on February 7-8, there is a new moon in Aquarius square Mars in Scorpio. This is a combative aspect, signaling war-like threats and disputes, pitting leaders (or candidates) against one another, even those who should be on the same team. The Sun in Aquarius (January 20-February 19) is a hard enough period to trade markets anyway, because Aquarius is a dynamic that is so independent. In financial markets, this means it is a season when price swings can be very sharp and unpredictable. This is likely to be even more the case when heliocentric Mercury enters Sagittarius February 15-26, an even stronger geocosmic correlate to large price swings, especially in currency and commodity markets. That is also nearby to the time when transiting Mars journeys over a critical point in the NYSE chart that has a historical correspondence to large price declines in equities. That decline can last anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks, but it can be very sharp. It is due in the second half of February, early March.

For more on this period, please visit We have posted a YouTube video on the geocosmic situation for the first part of February, in which German journalist and astrologer Antonia Langsdorf interviews Ray Merriman on these and other geocosmic signatures related to financial markets and mundane, world, events. This interview is also available at

Longer-Term Thoughts and mundane astrology :

Will resume next week as we ran out of space again with the other sections.

To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             The recording of Raymond Merriman's "Forecast 2016" speech given last Sunday, January 10, is now available for download via an MP4 recording. It is not difficult to download this event. It is a little over two hours long, and covered 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 is $45.00. In typical Mercury retrograde fashion, there was a slight disruption in this webinar, caused by a sudden ice storm that interrupted the internet transmission for slightly less than 5 minutes. A transcript of that section of the speech, along with the power point slides that were used, are included with your order of the MP4. Get ready for 2016! ORDER NOW AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THIS WEBINAR. Call MMA at 1-248-626-3034, or email Or, go to the website to make your reservation.

"I have followed your forecasts closely for many years, and always order your Forecast Book. They are always quite brilliant, but each year seems to exceed the previous one. This one is a complete masterpiece. You keep the bar on our subject very, very high, and for that I respect your work enormously and thank you too. The Forecast Books are so detailed it is like publishing an entire book every year, on top of everything else you do. I just had to write and say how delighted I am that I came across your work all those years ago. You can never stop writing these Forecast Books of course; the deal is that you have to go on forever! You give mankind such a service with these. I always follow your wise judgements week by week too. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" P.G. author, UK.

             We are pleased to announce the winners of our "Pick the High in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for December" contest. We had 28 contestants, and three were quite close in their forecast. The actual high was 17,901 on December 2. Three contestants were within 100 points of this high. The closest - and first place winner - was Charles Yu of Hong Kong, and a subscriber to all MMA reports, and an attendee at the MMA Investment retreat in Italy last summer. Charles' forecast for the high was 17,827. Our second place winner is someone who wishes to remain anonymous, from Las Vegas, NV, whose forecast for the December high in the DJIA was 17,978. Our third place winner was Dan Treat of Scottsdale, AZ, whose forecast was 17,801. Congratulations to all three! Next week we will post some information on who they are and how they did it (if they agree).

             Check out The Mountain Astrologer, the Dec/Jan 2016 edition that just came out. It features a two-part interview with Raymond Merriman on Financial and Mundane Astrology, the economy, financial markets, and the state of the world astrology community. For information on subscribing to America's top astrological magazine and getting your copy of this and the next issue's interview with Ray Merriman, conducted by Editor Tem Terriktar, call TMA at 530-477-8839, 800-287-4828, or their website at

             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...

             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.
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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.

             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.

             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 :

             April 14-18, 2016 : Saturn Square Neptune : What It Means for the World and for You Personally ; Great Lakes Astrology Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. For further information, contact 1-734-434-0804,

             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 10-13, 2017 : Second MMA Investment Retreat, tentatively planned for Southern California or Hawaii now (no Sedona). Details soon.

             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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