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REVIEW, PREVIEW, AND BOTH SHORT- AND LONGER-TERM THOUGHTS
Our biggest concern now is that if Bitcoin does not rally back above 11,700, and then falls below 5980, we could see a real washout down to 1362-4475 (77-93% loss off the all-time high if Dec 18, which is our rule after “bubbles” pop). So, if you are in it for the long haul, then you must be prepared for that possibility. – Raymond Merriman, “MMA Webinar,” https://mmacycles.com, April 29, 2018, and MMA weekly reports.
Well, it happened last week. Bitcoin never traded above 11,700, and per our call made all year in our weekly and daily reports, and including the April 29, 2018 webinar, Bitcoin broke down last week and is now testing the $4000 level. Except for those who continue to predict its extinction, did anyone else make such a forecast all year long like this? It is another example of what one can do — how one can forecast accurately — when integrating the principles of geocosmic studies with historical market charts. Now what for Bitcoin? Be sure to read the section on “Uranus in Taurus: The ‘New Normal’ Becomes Abnormal,” in the Forecast 2019 Book, coming out in about two weeks. Bankers will still go Bonkers, and so will Bakers, as food (and meat) prices are setting up for the next big rally into the Capricorn Stellium of late 2019 through 2020.
It seems many are turning bearish on global equities. They could be right since the all-time high occurred on October 3, 2018, which was within two months of the last passage of Saturn in waning trine to Uranus. In the past four cases, this 45-year signature has correlated with a long-term stock market crest within two months of the central time band in every case. This would be the fifth time if the high holds.
However, Jupiter is also now beginning its 13-month journey through Sagittarius, the sign it rules, November 8, 2018 through December 2, 2019. Both Jupiter and Sagittarius rule expansion, growth, and usually optimism. Historically, Jupiter in Sagittarius also has a strong correlation to long-term cycle crests in stocks, although these could be double tops to highs that occurred before then too. This instance is even more pronounced because at the same time, Jupiter will be in a square aspect to Neptune, which happens to also be in its ruling sign of Pisces. This exaggerates the already exaggerative nature of Jupiter in Sagittarius. But the square aspect to Neptune can indicate a positive or a negative correlation to equity prices. That is, stocks can either soar to new all-time highs, as in a “bubble” chart formation, or collapse into a devastating spiral down, because when Jupiter and Neptune in aspect aren’t optimistic, they can be hysterical and succumb to panic. This is a setup leading into the Capricorn Stellium right afterwards. We cover that setup in Forecast 2019. Did I mention the book is now written and coming out in two weeks? I think I did. You need to have this book to navigate the scene in 2019 if you value your sanity.
Back to last week’s markets. It may have been a holiday in the USA, but the stock markets of the world did not paint a pretty picture of a joyous holiday season. Several markets fell below their lows of October 26-29 (i.e., NASDAQ, German DAX, Australian ASX) and others came very close to doing the same (DJIA, S&P, Nikkei). It is not supposed to act this way with Jupiter in Sagittarius, although it is still very early in this journey, and stock markets could still be in a spillover mode from the Venus retrograde period, which began October 5 and correlated with the all-time or multi-year highs in many of these indices. That retrograde period ended last week, November 17, the same day that Mercury the Trickster began its three-week retrograde cycle. If Venus retrograde didn’t drive you a little crazy, chances are Mercury retrograde will. And if that doesn’t do the trick, then Jupiter square Neptune might. Which is why you need to read this year’s Forecast 2019 Book. Donald Trump says, “The world is a dangerous place.” Financial Astrology says it’s just going through a bout of collective disillusionment that may be degenerating to mass hysteria. This in turn could also lead to surge in spiritual interests and/or mass movements demanding world peace and an end to hostile and threatening rhetoric from world leaders. I think we will see the results after the peak, correlating with the Capricorn Stellium in 2020.
But back to the markets. Stocks weren’t the only area where financial markets took a hit. Crude Oil and Bitcoin fell hard too. We already discussed Bitcoin’s turmoil. And now Crude Oil is collapsing, which we also forecasted would happen. It tested the $50 mark last week, which was right into the targeted price range given in our weekly subscription reports for several months. And to think that on October 3, just two days before Venus turned retrograde, crude oil was above $76. That’s the power of Venus in Scorpio and Libra, moving from its detriment sign back to its ruling sign, which is a reason to think all of these down drafts could reverse shortly and start a whole new bullish sentiment. Or will they continue out of control into Jupiter square Neptune, January-September 2019? We have some ideas on that in this year’s Forecast 2019 Book. Did I mention it is coming out soon?
One more thought before I leave you this week: Venus (in Libra) will be in opposition to Uranus on November 30. The month before had the same aspect (actually, on October 30-31), only Venus was in Scorpio then, as it was retrograde. What a nice symmetry it would be if these two similar occurrences coincided with important lows. We must also remember, though, that with Mercury retrograde and Uranus highlighted, support and resistance zones often break — and then reverse — for Mercury the Trickster just loves to violate boundaries and then reverse again, as in a series of fake outs.
It is a dangerous world and a crazy time. Lose your ego, but hold on to your mind. It’s a good verse for a new song or mantra, and it fits with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces.
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.
This year’s printed version of Forecast 2019 will also available in four other languages, as follows:
Dutch: at www.markettiming.nl
German: at http://www.mma-europe.ch/
Japanese: at http://merriman.jp
“2019 will be the 11th consecutive year I've ordered Ray's annual Forecast book. I read it immediately upon arrival as well as consult the book several times throughout the year. I consider it to be the most important planning tool for my personal trading/investing, not only for the coming year, but looking several years ahead as well. For anyone serious about accurate market timing, Ray's Forecast book is a must read.” - Shane R., Alpine, UT (USA), Individual trader/investor - business owner, 20 years trading stocks & futures.
Thanks to MMA, I have closed 36 trades this year with a win rate of 86% (the remaining 14% were due errors on my part, as I have been actively trading less than a year). Ray’s predictive ability is remarkable. No one predicts more accurately. I highly recommend his daily newsletter which covers many markets. It appears expensive, but it’s a serious money-maker. My advice: get it now. Robert W, San Antonio, Texas, trades index funds, gold, silver, select stocks, less than a year.
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.