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NOTE: It will be a short column this week, and the next two weeks, due to the approaching deadline to finish the Forecast 2019 Book.
REVIEW AND PREVIEW
The Hulbert Financial Digest found that since 1900, the two quarters before the midterms only gained 1.4%. But the six months following the election, the markets grew at an annualized rate of 21.8%... If the Republicans keep control of the House and Senate plus the Presidency, historic returns are 9.8%. But if the Democrats get the House and the Republicans keep the Senate, a divided congress only returns 0.2%. – Nicholas Bertell, “What Midterms Mean to the Market,” https:/www.times-standard.com, October 14, 2018. We got the latter last week.
U.S. crude prices fell Friday for a 10th consecutive session, sinking deeper into bear market territory and wiping out the benchmark's gains for the year. The 10-day decline is the longest losing streak for U.S. crude since mid-1984, according to Refinitiv data. – Tom DiChristopher, “Crude Oil Posts Longest Losing Streak in Over 34 Years, Falling For 10th Day,” https://wwww.cnbc.com, November 9, 2018.
Due to the retrograde motion of Venus, the month of November is bookended with Venus and Uranus in opposition, first on October 30 and then again on November 30. Although this month has just begun, financial markets are behaving very erratically, typical of a strong Uranus presence. Of course, it might just be due to the fact that Venus is about to change direction on November 16, too, or that Uranus, Jupiter, and the Moon’s Nodes also changed signs last week, November 6-8, right during the U.S.A. mid-term elections. It is very rare to see three celestial cycles, each with an orbit of 12 years or greater around the Sun, changing signs within two days of one another.
Stock markets around the world continued their sharp advance into Thursday of last week, November 8, following their primary cycle lows October 26-29, which coincided with the midpoint of Venus retrograde. Equity indices started pulling back Thursday and by Friday, several had declined rather hard. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, closed down over 200 points on Friday, after being up 545 points on Wednesday, November 7, the day after the election. The NASDAQ took an even greater hit, percentage-wise. What changed?
The mid-term election results appeared to be a welcomed surprise to investors, who perhaps wanted to see a split Congress. But two days later, maybe they didn’t. The same fears of a slowing global economy were present on Wednesday, just as they were on Friday. But then again, two outer planets and the 18.6-year Moon’s Node cycle had all changed signs between Tuesday and Thursday, November 6 and 8. When planets change signs, people change their sentiments. When planets change direction, make retrograde and direct stations, people change their sentiments too. We are going to get another taste of that this Friday, November 16, when Venus ends its six-week retrograde motion, and Mercury begins its three-week retrograde motion.
We also saw an example of “changing sentiments” at the Executive branch in the USA government, where the day after the election, President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. This is probably just the first of several resignations or forced exits that will take place in the next year. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn will form a 150° quincunx to President Trump’s natal Sun. A quincunx is an aspect of adjustments. At first, one is usually not happy with the way things are going and feels a need to make a change – any kind of change is better than no change. But initially, the idea of a change creates some stress. Eventually, once the change is made and one adjusts to the new conditions or circumstances, it often works out better than it was before the change. Still, the necessity for change can be unnerving as it happens.
I think it was also interesting last week that President Trump actually voiced his regrets for his harsh tone during his first two years in office. In an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday, November 5, he stated “I would love to have a much softer tone. I would love to get along.” This is interesting from a geocosmic perspective, because he is about to enter a 4-year period where transiting Neptune will make a T-square to his natal Sun/Uranus, which is in opposition to his natal Moon (he was born under a lunar eclipse). Transiting Neptune indicates the urge for peace and the need to avoid stress as much as possible. To not create a gentler, less stressful, atmosphere can have negative health (physical or mental) consequences, which are described in this year’s Forecast 2019 Book, to be released next month. There can be many benefits if he is able to actually have a much softer tone and be able to get along. At the same time, there are many more problems that are likely to be experienced if he doesn’t, or if he is not able to reduce stress. In my opinion, based on my experiences with these types of cosmic cycles occurring in one’s life, it’s not so much a case of “I would love to have a much softer tone. I would love to get along,” as much as it becomes a case of “I need these things in order to protect my own well-being.”
In other markets last week, crude oil declined to its lowest level since February 14. It is in the process of falling to both its 17-month and three-year cycle lows, which will probably be realized by September 2019 as Jupiter will form a waning square three times to Neptune. Jupiter and Neptune co-rule crude oil. Interestingly enough Jupiter will be in its ruling sign of Sagittarius, and Neptune in its ruling sign of Pisces for the next year, something we haven’t seen since 1852. Sagittarius and Pisces are the signs ruling crude oil. Thus, we anticipate a long-term cycle low will happen during this period, which will also be covered in next year’s Forecast Book.
For now, our attention is on November 16, when Venus and Mercury change directions, and November 30, when Venus will be in opposition to Uranus. Don’t expect markets to go sideways during these periods. Don’t expect people – especially heads of states or banks – to be calm either. However, your love life may be rather exciting, although not necessarily under control. It might be better in the long run if it was under control, but short-term that may not be as much fun. With Jupiter also moving into Sagittarius last week, and Mars entering Pisces this week, on November 15, being in control may be a foreign concept to many people. Everything seems to be exaggerated into mid-December. Boundaries may be an issue, so think twice before venturing over any red lines that others place on your path. For traders, carelessness may be costly, so be attentive and focused. Opportunities are there.
MMA Current Announcements
NOTE 1: The monthly MMA Cycles report was issued last week, which included a Special Silver Report If you are a subscriber to this report and did not receive it, let us know at once. Also, a complimentary copy was sent to everyone who pre-ordered Forecast 2019. If you wish a copy of this Special Update on Silver, consider a trial subscription to the MMA Cycles Report, or ordering the Forecast 2019 Book while supplies last. Order must be placed by January 15 to receive this Special Silver Report. For further information, go to our website at https://mmacycles.com, or call us at 248-626-3034 or 800-MMA-3349, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and get your copy of the Special Silver Report.
NOTE 2: February 9, 2019: MMA’S FORECAST 2019 LIVE WEBINAR, will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM (MST). This is 1:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM GMT. In the comfort of your own home or office, you can tune into Raymond Merriman’s annual worldwide webinar on Forecast 2019. This broadcast will address subjects from this year’s Forecast 2019 Book, with updates on financial markets since the book was written in November 2018. Outlooks for the U.S. stock market, Gold and Silver, crude oil, and currencies will be discussed. Cost is $45.00, and includes the slides of the presentation, plus a downloadable MP4 recording of the event. To reserve your spot in this live webinar broadcast, contact us directly at 1-248-626-3034, 800-MMA-3349, or email us at email@example.com. You may register via our website at https://mmacycles.com > Products > Webinars. If unable to attend live, you can still sign up, as everyone will recieve the MP4 recording, following the live event.
NOTE 3: The monthly MMTA International Cycles Report (ICR) will be issued this week. This report is probably the best kept secret for the timing and cyclical analysis of several international markets available today. It is an excellent report, written by several graduates and students of MMA’s classic market timing methodology, including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), and Gianni Di Poce (USA). Each issue of ICR 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). For more information, call us at 248-626-3034, or 1-800-662-3349. Or, please visit http:// mmacycles.com/ > Subscription Services.
NOTE 4: The Forecast 2019 Book is done and delivery has begun to all those who pre-ordered prior to December 7. The orders received after December 7 will be mailed out in late December. Please note: we have only ordered 20% additional copies. When those remaining 20% are sold out (10% have been ordered so far), they are gone. There will be no second printing. At that point, the only way to read Forecast 2019 will be through the eBook, which is available now to delivery to your inbox! ORDER NOW, if you have not done so already, and make sure you receive your copy of Forecast 2019 before they sell out. For more information on this annual best seller, go to https://mmacycles.com > Products> Forecast 2019. You may also email MMA at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-248-626-3034, 1-800-662-3349.
MMA's annual Forecast Book, written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, is unique and one of the most affordable and accurate glimpses into the coming year. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, this annual Forecast book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. Specific markets analyzed for the next year(s) include: T-Notes and interest rates, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Gold, Silver, Currencies (U.S. Dollar, Euro, Yen, Swiss Franc, and British Pound), Crude Oil, Grains and Weather. Each market contains the important geocosmic three-star critical reversal dates for 2019. Special sections also include the USA and world economy, the USA and world politics, the USA and its President. A 2019 ephemeris and calendar (one month per page) with geocosmic signatures is included, as well as descriptions of the Mercury retrograde periods for 2019. This book has an impressive background for insightful accuracy into world economic and financial market conditions that you will not want to miss! For further information, go to https://mmacycles.com > Products> Forecast 2019.
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Dutch: at www.markettiming.nl
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Japanese: at http://merriman.jp
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January 11-12, 2019: “Trends for 2019,” sponsored by Astrodata, Zurich, Switzerland. Friday night lecture: “Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces: Is It a Bubble or a Crash?” For much of 2019, Jupiter will be in its ruling sign of Sagittarius, and Neptune will be in its ruling sign of Pisces. Each, by itself, would normally be positive from the economies and stock markets of the world. But in 2019, these two planets will be in a challenging square aspect to one another. What does this mean for the world economy in 2019?
Saturday workshop, Jan 12, in Zurich: “Forecasts for Financial Markets in 2019.” Based on the Forecast 2019 Book, Ray will present his outlook for the world geopolitical and financial landscape in 2019. He will discuss various cycles – both rhythmic and geocosmic – to support his outlook. In this workshop, he will also share his forecast for several financial markets, including Gold, the USA and German/Swiss stock markets, crude oil, and the Euro/U.S. Dollar. If you are an investor or trader, or just interested in the correlation between cycles in human activity and the cosmos, this is a workshop you will not want to miss!
January 19, 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands, “Forecasts 2019 and Beyond: The Reversal of the Current Economic Cycle,” sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. This conference will take place at the Hotel Breukelen outside of Amsterdam, and feature Karen Hammaker-Zondag, Irma Schogt, and Raymond Merriman. For more information, please visit www.markettiming.nl or take the direct link https://goo.gl/VPxGSe for conference details.
February 9, 2019: MMA’S FORECAST 2019 LIVE WEBINAR, will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00 AM (MST). This is 1:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM GMT. In the comfort of your own home or office, you can tune into Raymond Merriman’s annual worldwide webinar on “Forecast 2019.” This broadcast will address subjects from this year’s Forecast 2019 Book, with updates on financial markets since the book was written in November 2018. Outlooks for the U.S. stock market, Gold and Silver, crude oil, and currencies will be discussed. Cost is $45.00, and includes the slides of the presentation, plus a downloadable MP4 recording of the event. To reserve your spot in this live webinar broadcast, contact us directly at 1-248-626-3034, 800-MMA-3349, or email us at email@example.com. You may register via our website at https://mmacycles.com > Products > Webinars. If unable to attend live, you can still sign up, as everyone who orders the Webinar will recieve the MP4 recording, following the live event.
March 9, 2019: 10:30 AM – 4 PM. Nova Southwestern University, 3301 College Ave, Carl DeSantis Bldg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This a 3-4 hour workshop on “Forecast 2019,” by Raymond Merriman. Contact 954-296-1211. $50.
April 26, 2019: Boulder, Colorado. “Forecasts for Financial Markets and USA Economy and Political Situation.” Details and contact information to be announced shortly, sponsored by ROMA.
June 8-16, 2019: “Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles,” Beijing, China. A two-weekend intensive Market Trading workshop/retreat with Raymond Merriman. This 32-hour intensive workshop will focus on the primary cycle and its phases – the half-primary, major, and trading cycles - and how to determine when they are due. Then, we will identify geocosmic signatures – Levels 1, 2, and 3 – as the basis for calculating CRDs (Critical Reversal Dates), to narrow the time band down for an important cycle reversal. Within that time, we will identify and discuss specific technical and charting tools that will further enhance the timing of a major market reversal, and the price target range to look for. In this analysis, we will also explore the use of 60- 30-, and 5-minutes charts for even more accurate entry and exit points. With these tools, we will then construct a daily and/or weekly trading plan, as used in MMA Daily and Weekly Reports, using current market situations. Examples of several markets – including the USA and China stock markets, Gold, and crude oil will be used to illustrate these market timing techniques, with forecasts for the future. The workshop will take place on the weekends of June 8-9 and June 15-16 in Beijing. During the week, participants will have the option of taking tours with other MMA students to exciting areas of China. The cost for this unique and valuable trading retreat is $4000 (discounts will be available to subscribers of MMA Reports). For further information, please contact MMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-248-626-3034 or 1-800-MMA-3349.
Disclaimer and statement of purpose: The purpose of this column is not to forecast 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 often cite 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 may affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycles’ 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 the psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence potentially affect financial markets.
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 of this column assume any responsibility whatsoever for anyone’s trading or investment decisions. Readers of this report should understand that commodity futures and options trading are considered high risk.