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Market Preview for the week beginning May 30, 2016

Market Preview for the week beginning May 30, 2016

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Note 1: Monday is the Memorial Day Holiday weekend in the USA. Markets will be closed here on Monday. This is really the beginning of our summer season in the USA. So if you live in the USA, enjoy your holiday weekend and remember to honor those who gave their lives to protect your freedom! That fight never ends, whether on the battlefield or in socio- political discourse.

Note 2: There will be no column next week, as I will be preparing for the MMA Webinar on our “Mid-Year Outlook for Financial Markets and World Conditions.” I will cover my outlook for that week, and the rest of the year, in that webinar. I look forward to meeting with many of you then, 11:45 AM (EDT), Sunday, June 5.


Review and Preview  

It was a fascinating post-Mercury retrograde week. Mercury ended its retrograde motion last weekend, May 22, and started a nice rally on Tuesday that held throughout the week. Crude Oil also broke the 50.00 mark briefly for the first time in 7 months. The Dollar also rallied to a new 2-month high as concerns about a Feed rate hike in June persisted. The hawkish talk on interest rates had a chilling effect on Gold and Silver, however, which fell to new multi-week lows. Gold is challenging the $1200 mark, and Silver the $16.00 level.


Short-Term Geocosmics

Last week was important not only because Mercury ended its retrograde motion, but also because Jupiter completed its last of three waning squares to Saturn on May 26. Here is why that is important. There is a mutable T-square going on right now between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. They are all in a hard aspect to one another. However, the exact opposition to Jupiter and Neptune only occurred once, on September 17, 2015. The first passage of the Jupiter/Saturn square occurred on August 5, 2015. If we allow a one month orb to the solo passage of the Jupiter/Neptune opposition, we have a time window of August 17-October 17 when these two aspects were peaking. That was an important time for financial markets and central banking decisions. The DJIA made its 4-year cycle low on August 24 (and may other markets made important cycle culminations then too). This was also near the time of the last Greek crisis and when the central bank of China decided to let the Yuan start to float lower against the U.S. Dollar. It was also the time the Fed decided not to raise rates when everyone expected that they would. Thus, markets were highly volatile as central bankers made what later can be described as questionable decisions. Both the Chinese and the Fed later changed their minds, probably regretting the confusion and turmoil their decisions caused then, in a pattern that continues today under the mutable T-square: you can’t believe what you reads, hear, or see. Central bankers (and politicians) now seem to easily change their mind shortly after every major decision they have made since then. It is the nature of the mutable influence of planets in hard aspect to one another.

The next overlapping time band of the mutable T-square planets began November 26, 2015 when Saturn made its first waning square passage to Neptune, a cosmic phenomenon that will continue through September 10, 2016. During this period, Jupiter completed its second and third waning square passages to Saturn, which just ended May 26. Thus, November 26-May 26 was another highly-charged period for financial markets. As we look back, we can see long-term cycle lows have formed in Gold, Silver and stocks during that period.

This week is additionally important because both the Sun and Venus will enter the middle degrees of Gemini, forming a grand square (translation) to the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square, June 1-4. With Venus involved, this can correlate with a major reversal in policies again, directly coinciding with a trend reversal in many financial markets, but especially pertinent to currencies, stocks, Soybeans, and Crude Oil. It is interesting to note that the USA payroll reports come out on Friday, June 3, right in the midst of these signatures. Expect a wild reaction to that report.

It will be a good time to have a webinar - our mid-year outlook for financial markets.



Longer-term Thoughts

“The Competitive Enterprise Institute finds that, last year, Congress passed a mere 114 laws and federal agencies issued a whopping 3410 regulations… A Kauffman Foundation study cites a proliferation of ‘incumbent protection’ rules as a reason for a decline in small business entrepreneurship. A Brookings Institution study shows an unheralded change in American life, business closures exceeded business starts during much of President Obama’s tenure.” - Holman Jenkins, Jr., “Trump for Blow-Upper in Chief,” Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2016

“… a portion of Republicans will break from the GOP over Donald Trump, some Democrats especially among the affluent, will, in the next cycle, start to peel off from their party over its lurch leftward. They will not be at home in a party of smiley-faced socialism that threatens to become actual socialism. They will not want the American economy destroyed; they do not want their 10-year old daughters using transgendered bathrooms with men. They will be opposed to the political correctness that has swept the universities.” – Peggy Noonan, “Clinton-Sanders: Maybe That’s the Ticket,” Wall Street Journal, May 21-22, 2016.

“Economics is the continuation of politics by other means.” – Peter J. Turchi, paraphrasing Carl von Clausewitz, Wall Street Journal, Letters to Editor, May 25, 2016.

First off, let’s discuss astrology and politics. The radical upheaval of the political and economic world under the Cardinal Climax of 2008-2015 is one thing. Neptune in Pisces is quite another and opposite thing in principle.

The Cardinal Climax led to efforts to transform societies everywhere, often against the historical culture of the people who make up those societies. This, in turn, has created great anger among populations everywhere. Change is not easy to accept, especially when you seem powerless in the decision to make those changes, which is the case today that might explain the ruptures that are unfolding in the dysfunction of today’s American political parties And now, under the Saturn/Neptune waning square of 2015-2016, the level of distrust directed against political leaders and political systems is probably as great as it has ever been. Hence the attraction – and alarm – towards political leaders who are stepping outside of the box, like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, in the USA.

Trump’s slogan is to “Make America Great” again, a call beckoning for a retreat back to values of a former time. But in the case of Bernie Sander’s attraction, it is a desire to move to a future where the government assumes a role of a compassionate, paternalistic, entity that provides for everyone’s basic needs. His is a revolution towards Democratic Socialism. Trump’s is a revolt against – what? - stupid executive decisions that have caused America to fall economically and militarily, to be taken advantage of by everyone else in the world, as his message implies.

So Trump represents the consequences of decisions and actions taken by political and banking leaders under the Cardinal Climax, which are now viewed as “failures” by him and his supporters under Saturn square Neptune. Trump is also very Martian, as Mars is conjunct his natal ascendant in the fire sign of Leo. Bernie’s movement represents the other large cosmic transit taking place in the heavens – Neptune in Pisces, 2012-2026.

How does astrology, in this astrologer’s mind, view these cosmic conditions? I think Neptune in Pisces is the movement towards Socialism, and contrary to the beliefs of conservatives, this movement will continue to grow well beyond the politics of 2016 and Bernie Sanders. And if Trump represents Mars and the consequences of the Cardinal Climax, well, Mars is currently retrograde in the USA chart for nearly 80 years, staring in 2008. The arc of the cosmos is in a direction against war and violence, even though both were – and still are – on the increase due to Uranus in Aries as part of the Cardinal Climax. That will change soon, perhaps as soon as Uranus moves into Taurus (2018) or maybe as late as 2026 when Saturn and Neptune together cross over into Aries.

The point is, whether I like it or not, Bernie Sanders is the current symbol of a change – a “revolution,” as he calls it – towards an expanding political Socialism in the world through 2026. It doesn’t mean he wins the 2016 election. In fact, I don’t really know who will win yet (I will let you know at the ISAR 2016 Symposium). A case can be made for both Clinton and Trump to win, as discussed in last week’s column. But regardless of who wins – even Trump – the presence of Neptune in Pisces implies (to me), that the principles of Socialism, as espoused by Bernie Sanders, will not stop with the election of 2016. It may be temporarily interrupted, but more and more people will want their governments to provide more and more for them.

The only question in my mind is: who is going to pay for it? What is going to happen to the national and global debt that has just exploded in the 21st century? I am not so sure this experiment - this movement, this revolution - is going to end well. After all, a downside to Neptune in Pisces can also be global chaos.







MMA Daily and Weekly

ONLY ONE MORE WEEK!!! The next Raymond Merriman webinar will take place Sunday, June 5
It will start 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, please register here >> as we are open for reservation now.
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.


The monthly edition of the MMA International Cycles Report (ICR) will be released this week. Each issue contains an in-depth analysis of: the XAU index (Gold and Silver Mining stocks), the U.S. Dollar (DXY), British Pound (GBP), Australian Dollar (AUD), the Australian stock index (ASX), the London FTSE stock index, the Russell 2000 U.S. stock index (RUT), Corn (C) and Wheat (W). The analysis of these markets is written by three of the top graduates of the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), along with myself on the Australian markets, starting with this issue. An example of one of the several good calls in last issue was by Ulric Aspegren in the US Dollar index, where he stated, “Can go long at the half-primary cycle low due to unfold anytime now until end of May at 91.82-93.24. Be alert on the critical reversal day of May 8-10”. The half-primary cycle low for the U.S. Dollar Index came in on May 3 at 91.91 USD. The price was within target range and the low was made just one day ahead of the CRD +/- 3 trading day zone. Nice call, Ulric! I If you do not subscribe to this report and would like to, you can read more and order here>>

Podcast Raymond Merriman

You may find the following 75-minute interview and podcast conducted last week of Raymond Merriman, by noted astrologer Chris Brennan, to be of interest here. The subject was on the use and application of Financial Astrology – how do I use it, and how did I come to develop this methodology. Chris is a good interviewer as well as a very good and humble astrologer. His podcasts are extremely popular among students and professionals of astrology.


Time for Crude Oil report

Our four interviews on “The Incredible Spring Lineup of Geocosmic Signatures,” conducted over the past seven weeks, are listed on our new Video page now. This latest video contains a special section on the recent explosion upwards in Silver prices. All four interviews are available for viewing, with Dutch subtitles. [If enabled in YouTube by clicking 1st icon on the right side below your video screen.] The Incredible Spring Lineup of Geocosmic Signatures, Part 4 can be seen here. These videos are getting great reviews and are very relevant right now. 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 getting great reviews and are very relevant right now. We expect to do one more before the special line up is over in mid-June. 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.


Time for Crude Oil report

Attention crude oil traders!

A new report, titled, “Time for Crude Oil,” by MMTA graduate Nitin Bhandari, is being offered now since April 1. This service will consist of daily, weekly, and monthly reports on crude oil for active traders, investors, and hedgers. It will begin April 1. However, as an introductory offer, these reports will be available for free now through April 1! Nitin has been writing MMA daily crude oil report for two years now, and the monthly report on crude oil for the MMA Cycles Report for the last several months. He recently called the bottom in crude oil, and advised all traders to get long at that time. What is he advising now? To find out, sign up now for his new subscription reports on Crude Oil here to get your copies starting now.


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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 9-13, 2017, located right on the Pacific Ocean. You will be hearing more about this spectacular retreat soon, but save the dates now. 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. We will soon be announcing 2-3 other special guests, along with the brightest minds from the MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy) who will present their latest research on the best investment ideas of 2017-2018. We will open up early registration for this event shortly. Stay tuned, and do not miss this powerfully enlightening event! Read more>>

MMA Daily and Weekly

Our MMA weekly and daily subscription reports have been very hot 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 will be interested in MMA’s Weekly or Daily Market reports. 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, Japanese Yen (new!), 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.


Forecast 2016 E book


FORECAST 2016 Enlish and Dutch translation are both sold out, but still available as E BOOK!

No other book has informed and prepared readers for the Cardinal Climax period of 2008-2015 as precisely as Raymond Merriman’s annual Forecast Book. No other book has guided readers through this turbulent period since it began in 2008. Now, in 2016, we enter a different kind of period for the next two years that will require new strategies and a different set of skills to navigate these forces of change. This year’s book contains a special new section on the British Pound and the Indian stock market. Read more>>


Disclaimer & State 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 Schogt Market Timing & 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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