MMA Weekly Column for 2019-02-04©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on February 02, 2019 . .

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The U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report follows a 35-day U.S. government shutdown. It also marks the 100th straight month of jobs growth. However, the report also included a sharp downward revision of December’s jobs gains. January’s wages also grew at a much slower-than-expected pace. – Fred Imbert, “Dow Rises After Strong Jobs Report, Post 6-Week Winning Streak,”, February 1, 2019.


"The case for raising rates has weakened somewhat," Powell said during a news conference following this week's two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The statement came after the FOMC decided to leave its benchmark interest rate target unchanged at 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. In addition, the committee vowed to take a "patient" approach toward further hikes. – Jeff Cox, “Fed Chair Powell Says the Case for Raising Interest Rates ‘Has Weakened.’”, January 30, 2019.


The amount of gold bought by central banks in 2018 reached the second highest annual total on record, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). Central banks bought the most gold by volume since 1967, according to the industry research firm, which also highlighted it was the largest amount since former U.S. President Nixon Richard's decision to end the dollar's peg to bullion in 1971. The WGC said the bulk of the buying was carried out by a handful of central banks with Russia leading the way as it looks to swap out dollars from its portfolio... The Federal Reserve is reported to hold the most, amounting for almost three quarters of the nation's foreign-exchange reserve pot. - Davide Reid, “Central Bank Gold Buying Hits Highest Level in Half a Century,”, January 31, 2019


The Jupiter-in-Sagittarius Bullish Express keeps charging right along. For the sixth straight week, and ever since the mini-crash from early October into December 24, many stocks markets of the world have been rising.  On the day of the announcement, the Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped up 434 points, closing above 25,000 for the first time since December 4.


The Federal Reserve Board added energy to the rally last week when it announced it would pull back from raising short-term rates for the moment, a decision that markets cheered. Both stocks and treasuries soared on that announcement.



Commodities also liked the idea of stable interest rates. Gold and Silver both rallied smartly last week, with Gold trading above 1330 for the first time since last April. Ever since our special reports on Gold issued in August, when Gold fell to 1167, the yellow metal has been in a very bullish pattern, right in line with those reports pointing to the start of a new long-term 31.33-month cycle. The start of all long-term cycles is bullish. Silver also performed well last week, crossing above $16.00 for the first time in six months. Crude oil enjoyed a positive week as it closed above $55.00, a level not seen since November. Soybeans rallied to $9.30/bushel last week too, something not seen since June 2018. It still has further to go to get back to the levels it traded at before the trade dispute and tariffs started with China.




“I think Donald Trump is unqualified to be the president. No one in America wants to see him removed from office and not re-elected than me. I can promise you I am not going to do anything to be a spoiler in all of this.”


“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President! Watched him on 60 Minutes and I agree with hm that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that!” Trump tweeted. – Ronald J. Hansen, “Schultz Visits ASU, Vows Not to be a Spoiler in 2020,” USA Today Network, January 31, 2019.


And there you have it. As questioned before, and now answered, Donald Trump is the smartest man in the world, in his objective (?) analysis. His base loves this confidence.


However, will he win in 2020? In play in 2020 are the conjunctions of three of the ten outmost planets in our solar system, which is a very rare geocosmic event. If we just look at the six possible conjunctions between Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, we will see that 2020 is the first year since 1993 that we have had a new synodic cycle involving such planets. That is a very long time between new synodic cycles involving these planets, and indicates that 2020 will be the end of many long-term planetary cycles and the start of many new ones. As a correlation, this also means it will be the end of several long-term political and economic cycles too, not to mention many long-term financial market cycles. It is why we have labeled 2019 as the “set up” for the powerful transformational changes we see coming up in 2020-2031. The theme will be “Something old, something new.”  And something major along the lines of what happened in 1960-1968, the last time Jupiter and Saturn rolled through Capricorn (the “old”) together on their way to Aquarius and a series of major conjunctions and hard aspects of Saturn and Pluto involving Uranus (the “new”). We will discuss this topic in more detail in next week’s Forecast 2019 Webinar (see Announcements below).


Yet, there is one thing that merits noting in regards to the entry of Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, in his decision to consider running for the office of USA President in 2020. During the times when Saturn and Pluto conjoin, nearby to the time of Jupiter conjunct Saturn, great leaders emerge upon the world stage. In particular, the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction of December 17-19, 2020 is extremely significant because it marks the start of a 200-year period when “The Great Mutation” will take effect. That is, each of the 20-year Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions for the next 200 years will shift from earth signs to air signs. It represents a major shift in the collective psychology, type of leadership and world dominance, and a change in the arc, or direction, of human history. To Mundane Astrologers, this is huge.


Shorter-term, Venus will enter Capricorn this Sunday, February 3, where it will remain until March 1. Venus in Capricorn will be very alert regarding fairness in long-term agreements and deals. The Capricorn wants to do business, and will seek a long-term arrangement. Venus wants such agreements to be balanced and fair, with each side receiving 50% of the benefits and making 50% of the sacrifices. It is an excellent planet-sign condition for achieving mutually beneficial compromises. Compromises will be the key word. Without compromise on both sides, there will be no deal or agreement. It is not apt to accept any effort in which others try to negotiate a one-sided advantage, or are unwillingly to make any concessions, although under Jupiter square Neptune, such efforts to gain an advantage are likely to be present. In February, we can see many situations arising where this dynamic will be present: the next step in the threat to shut down the government if the other side doesn’t give in to its demands, the USA-China trade talks, and the next meeting scheduled in late February between President Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.


Perhaps within the month we will see if indeed Mr. Trump is the smartest man (person) in the world. Or perhaps Xi Jinping, Kim Jung-un, or Nancy Pelosi. Venus in Capricorn suggests that the one who is the most fair and focused will carry the day. Venus in Capricorn values maturity. Those who exhibit impatience, aggression, or arrogance, or who seek to deceive others in order to gain an advantage, are not likely to fare very well during this month.

MMA Current Announcements





NOTE 1: The Monthly MMTA International Cycles Report (ICR) will come out this week. This issue will include second round of three introductory analyses on two commodity markets: Coffee and Sugar. In late June, we will launch a new ICR Commodities Report, which will include not only Coffee and Sugar, but also Wheat and Corn, along with Live Cattle and a major Cannabis stocks (MJ), which are currently being offered as pilot reports in the MMA Cycles Report through May. After that, we will begin a new Monthly ICR Commodities Report that will include Coffee, Sugar, Live Cattle, Corn, and Wheat, plus Live Cattle and Cannabis. The monthly ICR report is probably the best kept secret for the timing and cyclical analysis of several international financial 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), plus Corn (C), Wheat (W), Sugar, and Coffee until late June. For more information, call us at 248-626-3034, or 1-800-662-3349. Or, please visit http:// > Subscription Services.


NOTE 2: LIVE CATTLE AND CANNABIS ETF! THE MONTHLY MMA CYCLES REPORT was issued this week to all subscribers of that report. This report contained our future outlook for U.S. stock indices (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks for DJIA, Gold, and Silver. The April issue released last week also included analysis of Live Cattle by Massimo Moras, MMTA graduate and analyst, and our pilot report on Cannabis stocks, by MMA analyst Gianni De Poce, who has identified the early signs of a primary cycle in this new industry. Both Live Cattle and Cannabis analysis will soon become regular features in a new ICR (International Cycles Report) report coming out in late June-July, to be called the ICR Commodities Report. It will also include analysis on Corn, Wheat, Coffee, and Sugar markets. For now, through May, however, Live Cattle and Cannabis will be introduced via our monthly MMA Cycles Report for no extra cost to those subscribers. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report was also released last week, covering the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. If you are not a subscriber to these monthly MMA Cycles Reports and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets, consider taking out a subscription NOW. Please visit > Services > Subscription Services for more information.


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April 26, 2019, 7 PM: An evening presentation with Ray Merriman in Boulder, Colorado! Ray Merriman will be speaking on “Forecasts on the U.S. Stock Market, Economy, and Political Climate.” This presentation will illustrate the historical correlation between astrological and cyclical indicators that are present in 2019-2022, and what they portend for America over the next three years. The location of this talk will be Room 9235 at the Naropa Nalanda Campus in Boulder, Colorado, 6287 Arapahoe Road, at the intersection of 63rd and Arapahoe. The cost is $55. Sponsored by ROMA, the Rocky Mountain Astrological Association. Ray will also be available to sign books. For registration, contact Patti Simmers at 720-989-8822, or via email at Attendance will be limited, so SIGN UP NOW! THIS WEEK!


June 8-16, 2019: “Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles,” with Raymond Merriman in Beijing, China. This special 2-weekend workshop will take place at the Beijing Broadcasting Tower Hotel, No. 14 Jianguomenwai Da Jie, Chaoyang, 100022 Beijing, China. This will be two intensive weekend Market Trading workshops focusing on the identifying the primary cycle and its phases used in trading several financial markets, with the emphasis on the U.S. and Chinese Shanghai stock indices and Gold (other markets will be included as well). The course will then take participants through the steps of narrowing the time band down for trading cycle highs and lows by applying geocosmic and solar/lunar studies. Once in the time band for a reversal, students will then learn how to apply various chart patterns and technical studies to identify the setup for optimal risk/reward opportunities. 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 2-weekend trading course is $4000 (discounts will be available to subscribers of MMA Reports). For further information, please contact MMA at 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.