MMA Weekly Column for 2019-03-18©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on March 16, 2019 . .


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Former White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn lashed out at some of his former colleagues, charging in an interview that the U.S. is losing the trade war as administration officials pursue a strategy that hasn’t worked. Cohn specifically pointed his finger at Peter Navarro, who serves as director of the National Trade Council, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for drawing the country into a misdirected tariff battle. “Tariffs don’t work. If anything, they hurt the economy because if you’re a typical American worker, you have a finite amount of income to spend,” the former Goldman Sachs executive told Freakonomics Radio in an interview broadcast Wednesday. “If you have to spend more on the necessity products that you need to live, you have less to spend on the services that you want to buy.” – Jeff Cox, “Gary Cohn Lashes Out at Former White house Colleagues: Living in Chaos,”, March 17, 2019.


British lawmakers unexpectedly ruled out a no-deal exit from the European Union, throwing Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit strategy into further confusion on Wednesday. – Stephen Fidler and Jason Douglas, “U.K. Lawmakers Say No Deal, No Brexit,” Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2019.


It was another week highlighting the mutable and quickly changing activities of Mercury retrograde, “the Trickster.” It is in Pisces. no less, the sign associated with the dynamics of confusion, rumors, gossip, and the blame-game. This is not a time to believe what you read or hear. It is a time that requires one to trust their own intuition and inner voice, and if unclear, just stand aside and relax. By all means, avoid stressful confrontations. Mercury retrograde in Pisces does not fare well in situations that cause the stress level to escalate.


Equity markets around the world enjoyed a mostly positive week. In European indices, new highs for 2019 were recorded in the German DAX, Zurich SMI, and the Amsterdam AEX. The London FTSE came close, and all ended higher for the week following pullbacks into March 7-11.


In Asia and the Pacific Rim, it was a mixed story. The big gainer was India’s Nifty Index, which was up strongly all week. The other indices were all down into March 8-13, but by Friday they were mostly up again, but not above the highs of early March.


In the Americas, all the major indices we track made new highs for the year, except the Argentine Merval Index, which was down hard all week.


In other markets, Crude Oil marched to a new high for 2019 on Friday, March 15. Metals behaved rather peculiarly, but certainly consistent with geocosmic indicators for the week. That is, both Gold and Silver rallied smartly off their lows of March 7, the prior week. But those sharp rallies ended on Wednesday, March 13, when both metals suddenly turned down sharply. This sudden and unexpected turn is typical of Mercury retrograde, and more so when the Moon is in Gemini, Mercury’s ruling sign. That is a very “jittery” combination. Live Cattle, our choice for a “big move up market” with Uranus in Taurus, also had an interesting two weeks. On March 1, it rose to a new multi-month high of 130.45. It then fell back to 126.32 on March 12. But by Friday, March 15, it was back onto another rally. Live Cattle analysis will be featured in this week’s MMA Cycles Report (see below), for those interested.




This is another “shift” week from the cosmic perspective. First of all, March 16-17 is the midpoint of Mercury retrograde (March 5-28). Any market that did not complete a cycle high or low nearby to the retrograde date is a candidate to reverse within 2 trading days of the retrograde’s midpoint, which is now.


Second, March 20 is both the Vernal equinox (start of Spring) and a full moon. Changing seasons, and transitioning from the last sign of the zodiac (Pisces) to the first sign (Aries), is always considered a powerful shift in the study of Mundane Astrology. Occurring on a full Moon is even more powerful. Technically, the first Sunday after the full Moon in Aries marks the Easter holiday for Christians. But for some reason, that isn’t happening this year. It’s going to happen on Sunday following the next full Moon on April 21. Someone missed the calendar marker. Nevertheless, the Sun moving from Pisces to Aries is like going from a deep sleep or meditation to being very active, even aggressive and warlike. In Pisces, we want to contemplate how it all “feels.” In Aries, we want to take action. Yet, with Mercury still retrograde in Pisces through March 28, not everyone is ready to take action. There is still a number of leaders who want to “talk it over” more until they “feel” better about what they must do, if they can just figure out what that is. It’s not easy under these conditions.


The urge to initiate action, however, is likely to be powerful this weekend. On March 20, Mars will form a harmonious trine with Pluto, and the next day, March 21, Venus will form a challenging square aspect to Mars. Mars rules Aries. Mars, like Aries, wants action. But in square aspect to Venus (planet of agreements and compromises), and with Mercury still retrograde in Pisces, it is doubtful that any new action will go smoothly. The “blame-game” is apt to be in full bloom this spring season.


In terms of equity markets, we note that transiting Mars will be conjunct to the Sun and Mercury in the NYSE founding chart (May 17, 1792), and square its Pluto in late Taurus. This transit will be operative March 18-27, and often coincides with a sharp decline from a crest that happens just before then. In other words, this continues to be a market best suited for short-term, aggressive traders. Position trading will be highlighted again after next week. Thus, one must remember this week that “patience is a virtue” in communications, but probably a liability in short-term trading.

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.


NOTE 3: Elections will be taking place in India this week through late May. MMA Analyst Nitin Bhandari, of Mumbai India, will begin offering a daily analysis of the Indian NIFTY stock market starting Tuesday of this week for $195, for traders. He expects a very volatile market climate with many trading opportunities. Please contact Alie at, or 1-248-626-3034 if interested in getting this one-month daily report.


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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.