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Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on October 20, 2018 . .

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Greenspan suggests the nearly 50-year low unemployment rate, coupled with American corporations clamoring for workers, will force up wages and inflation. "Ultimately prices take hold," he said. "This is the tightest market, labor market, I've ever seen. But concurrently, we have a very slow productivity increase." – Berkeley Lovelace, “Ex-Fed Chief Greenspan: This is the Tightest Labor Market I Have Ever Seen,”, October 18, 2018.


Ongoing concerns about Italy's spending proposals are likely to remain a negative for the (Euro) currency. The European Commission on Thursday sent Rome a letter calling a draft budget an "unprecedented" breach of EU fiscal rules, the first step of a procedure that could end with Brussels rejecting the budget and fining Italy. – Reuters, “Euro, Sterling, Gain on Report that UK May Drop Key Brexit Demand,”, October 19, 2018.


Analyst expect ratings agencies to lower Italy's credit rating next week. David Reid, “A Ratings Downgrade for Italy is Now Forecast to Happen Within Days,”, October 19, 2018.


The decline in world stock indices following their highs near the Venus retrograde on October 5 continued last week. Many indices started out low, then had a huge rally into Tuesday, and then another sell-off. In most cases, the selloff did not fall below last Monday’s low, but it was a disappointing let down after Tuesday’s large rally. The concerns were related to the themes of Venus (banking policies) in Scorpio (debt). That is, Italy’s recent budget proposal included much more spending than previously expected, and the continued criticism by the USA Administration of the Federal Reserve Board’s interest rate policies have caused investors to re-consider the growth prospects of stocks. In the first case, the decision by the Italian government to inflate its deficit spending plans is leading to a downgrade in its credit rating. It undermines investment plans in the entire Eurozone by those outside the Eurozone, for this becomes another inflationary factor. In the second case, the Fed is continuing its plans to raise rates because it doesn’t want inflation to get out of control. Critics, like President Trump, argue that inflation is mild and under control. But that’s today, before Jupiter enters the expansive sign of Sagittarius and squares Neptune, which is an inflationary combination that is starting in November 2018 and will be in force over the next year. The Fed is thinking about the future, and as Alan Greensman points out, the low unemployment and tight labor market are powerful forces that can — and probably will — lead to an inflationary spike sooner than later. These factors may account for the recent weakness in world equity and treasury markets, but they also factor in the recent rally in Gold and Silver.




The U.S. government ran its largest budget deficit in six years during the fiscal year that ended last month, an unusual development in a fast-growing economy and a sign that — so far at least — tax cuts have restrained government revenue gains… The deficit is headed toward $1 trillion in the current fiscal year, the White House and Congressional Budget Office said. – Kate Davidson, “Deficit Swells as Tax Cuts Take Bite,” Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2018.


President Trump asked his cabinet to find ways to find ways to cut their budgets by 5% next year, targeting government spending after an official tally showed Republicans’ tax cuts drive the federal budget deficit to its widest level in six years… During last year’s tax debate, Democrats warned that Republicans would use the deficits created by the tax cut to press for cuts in safety-net programs. – Siobhan Hughes, Ricard Rubin, and Rebecca Ballhaus, “Trump Wants Budget Cuts as Deficit Grows,” Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2018.


The 31-37 year Saturn/Pluto cycle of January 12, 2020 is already starting to make its presence felt. In terms of the economy, this is a time, give or take 18 months, when budget deficits increase, along with debt and credit downgrades. That’s one of the key themes of Pluto, especially with Saturn. Another frequent theme under hard aspects from these two powerhouses is political assassinations, another grim story that attracted much attention last week with the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi citizen from the Saudi Embassy in Turkey on October 2. He also just happened to be a journalist for the Washington Post who was critical of the Saudi regime. That was another reason for the cause of last week’s stock market decline after Tuesday’s strong rally. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cancelled his trip to a highly publicized Saudi Investment Conference then. On that announcement, the DJIA plunged over 400 points from its high of the week on Tuesday.


The volatility is not likely to subside this week, nor are the reports drawing attention to the missing Saudi critic and the world’s increasing problems with renewed government deficits and growing debts. On Tuesday, October 23, the Sun will enter Scorpio, the sign of Pluto’s rulership. It will also make an opposition to Uranus that same day, and the next day will be a highly charged full moon. The Sun/Uranus opposition is not a historically powerful reversal signature. Its correlation to primary cycles is only 52% within an orb of 12 trading days. However, it has a 74% correlation to very sharp but brief price swings, often as much as 4%, within only 4 trading days. Venus will oppose Pluto on October 31, which is a stronger correlate to primary or greater cycle reversals (71%), and also has a 71% correspondence to sharp price swings within 4 trading days. They overlap October 25-29, which means we can anticipate an important top or bottom between next Thursday and the following Monday that will either end or begin one of these swings. It should be a very good one-two weeks for short-term day traders who like to trade off extreme but brief price swings.


Further out, we are more focused on November 16 when Venus ends its retrograde motion, but Mercury begins its own. Once again, we expect much volatility then, as both have a 70+% correspondence to sharp price swings within 4 trading days. However, in this case, Venus direct has a very strong 73% correlation to primary or greater cycles culminating within 10 trading days.


On a more personal note, Venus will be turning direct from its own ruling sign of Libra. It could usher in a period of heightened romantic attractions for the remainder of the month. You better make sure you have plenty of cash or your credit card debts are up to date, for it could be embarrassing to meet someone, take them out for a romantic dinner, and then find out you can’t pay the bill. Such is the nature of this period that highlights the sign of Scorpio (debt), both for governments and individuals. Everyone wants to spend money they don’t have — or other peoples’ money, as if it is their own. November is a good month to start a relationship. It is also a month when relationships that started out very well may end abruptly. It’s just like markets because Venus rules love and money. One day it’s there, the next day it’s gone. That’s the story line from now through November. Enjoy it while you can, and try to be a good manager of your resources and temptations.

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