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The best market timing for Silver

December 11 - 2017
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

Thank you everyone for your support during our "pre-publication special offer" season that ended last week, October 31. You may still order the book at the current price of $55.00 plus postage (or E-book with no postage). Keep in mind that there is only one printing each year, and the number of printed copies we order is 20% above the amount of printed copies pre-ordered by December 1. When they sell out, they are gone. In the last five years, we have sold out of all printed copies three times, including the past two years. Therefore, if you wish a copy of the Forecast 2018 printed edition, it is advisable to order soon.

This year's printed version of Forecast 2018 will also be available in these other languages, as follows :

        Dutch        Deutsch         Japanese      

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Note : The purpose of this column is to provide educational insights into the tenets of geocosmic studies as they correspond to economic, political, and socio-psychological matters, as one of several tools that in turn may assist in the practice of financial market timing. This column is not intended, nor should it be used, as an advisory service for trading financial markets, without use of other financial market analysis tools. MMA subscription reports provide that type of advisory service, with specific recommendations for trading.

Review :

U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 228,000 jobs in November amid broad gains in hiring as distortions from recent hurricanes faded. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising by 200,000 jobs last month. But analysts said average hourly earnings were lower than expected. Average hourly earnings rose five cents or 0.2 percent in November, but economists expected a 0.3 percent rise. The annual increase in wages were also weaker than forecast : the November came in at 2.5 percent versus a 2.7 percent expectation. - Reuters, "Dollar Rises After US Jobs Report, Gains Capped by Wages", December 8, 2017.

Bitcoin dropped to as low as $14,095.62 Friday morning just after 6:30 a.m. ET, according to industry site CoinDesk. That was a nearly 18 percent decline from earlier highs on the day of $17,153.94, according to the site which averages prices from major exchanges. In fact, bitcoin had actually rocketed above $19,000 on Thursday on the Coinbase exchange. The digital currency hit a high of $19,340 on that platform before notching a huge decrease. The latest swing higher came as bitcoin topped $12,000 Tuesday night in a rapid recovery from a 20 percent drop last week. - Evan Rosenfeld, "Bitcoin Plummeted Just Hours After Setting Yet Another Record", December 8, 2017,

It seems like every time I take time off for a vacation (or wedding of a child), something big happens in financial markets. Last week it was Gold and Silver breaking sharply lower to multi-month lows, and Bitcoin defying gravity to test $20,000 when it seemed like only yesterday it was around $1000.

In the absence of being able to write a report last week, due to my youngest daughter's awesome wedding (a 5-day cruise wedding), I posted a chapter from the just-released new Forecast 2018 Book , titled "Bankers Go Bonkers". I thought it was appropriate, given that the focus was on Uranus, the planet of disruption and revolution, moving into Taurus, the sign of money and banks. Many of you wrote to let me now that you "got it". What I had in mind was that the value and meaning of money could change during dramatically in the next seven years, and crypto currencies may be the cause. It's not that I necessarily think crypto currencies will become the new form of cash exchange during that period. In fact, I am more of the opinion that its role as an exchange of currency will actually terminate within seven years. But, before that, a lot of new wealth will be created as it continues to soar. One of my favorite sources of reliable information on Bitcoins (and a very early advocate of buying Bitcoins when it traded around $100) is one of my new in-laws, who long before our children met, was my broker. In any event, he has been forecasting Bitcoins to reach the $40,000 for several months, and last week, it was nearly halfway there. I have no reason to doubt his analysis, as he has been correct all along. But my point is - based on Uranus in Taurus - it will peak in the first half of this 7-year transit, and then collapse by the second half of Uranus in Taurus. If you missed last week's column, you may want to go to our website at, under WEEKLY PREVIEW, and read it. Bottom line; great, new wealth is bring created by those who are long bitcoin now, but then there will likely be a massive transfer of wealth from those investors today, to those who are sellers then. It will, in my opinion, create the next financial challenge (or crises), due 2020-2024. There will be other factors converging with that "Great Reset" too, such as in China as a region, and real estate as a sector, based on the McWhirter Nodal correlation to both the business and housing markets, as described in the Forecast 2018 Book.

Shorter-term, the Dow Jones and S&P both made new all-time highs, last week, on December 4, the first trading days following the first passage of the Jupiter/Neptune trine. The euphoria of that aspect is now wearing off as stocks fell, and then started to recover some of their losses by the end of the week. Gold and Silver both plummeted after breaking important support. As forecasted in the new book, Gold is now headed to the 1200-1250 range. It has now entered that range. We will also analyze the outlook for Gold and Silver in detail in this week's MMA Cycles Report, coming out Monday night. December is shaping up to be an important month for metals as Mars will enter Scorpio this weekend.

Short-Term Geocosmics and longer-term thoughts :

Since the fall of Harvey Weinstein, a great reckoning has seized the corporate world, entertainment, media and academia. But in one corner of American life - the most powerful - men accused of sexual predation were enjoying immunity. That is, until last week. "Its Washington's Turn for a Reckoning", Arizona Republic, December 8, 2017.

Deep down, you know what abuse is : You can tell when someone's taking or demanding what isn't his. - Peggy Noonan, "John Paul II's Prescient 1995 Letter to Women", Wall Street Journal, December 2-3, 2017.

The concept of a "Time of Reckoning" pertains to the planets Saturn and Pluto, and their ruling signs of Scorpio and Capricorn. This idea was first introduced in a previous Forecast Book when Saturn transited through Scorpio, in mutual reception to Pluto in Capricorn (2013-2014). However, it would gain momentum when Saturn entered its Balsamic phase to Pluto (last 45° of the entire 360° cycle), November 27, 2014 through January 12, 2020. It was my belief that the major theme related to "reckoning" would be the three D's: debt, deficits and default, all key areas related to Pluto.

The "reckoning" is indeed accelerating as we are now in the middle of Saturn's balsamic phase to Pluto. But, it is expressing itself in another area of human activity ruled by Pluto and Scorpio than debt. It the area of sex, and the karma accrued from past behaviors in this area as signified by the sudden revelations of misconduct by prominent people in the world. And all of this is exploding like the wildfires in California as the planet of exaggeration and excess - Jupiter - has ingressed into the sign of Scorpio. It will be there until November 2018. Many powerful people have already been toppled since Jupiter moved into Scorpio less than two months ago. Many more are apt to come, and there is no telling yet high or how wide this reckoning will reach before it recedes. It is my opinion that the "reckoning" won't stop with sexual misconduct either. The three D's are still fair game.

Shorter-term, we note so many important matters have unfolded in the last two weeks that it would be difficult to choose which one is most important. Was it the resignation of Congressmen John Conyers, Trent Franks of Arizona, or Senator Al Franken, or the continuing saga of Senate candidate Roy Moore (with newly expressed support from both Donald Trump and the GOP) over allegations of sexual harassment ? Or the wildfires in California ? Or Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the rage that has brought forth from Muslims throughout the middle East ? Take your pick.

Regardless of which issue you choose, all are occurring under the transit of retrograde Mercury the Trickster, who is reversing his own position and headed backwards through the zodiac as seen from earth, December 3-23. Long-time readers know that we consider this to be a period when major decisions are best left for further review and consideration, that it is a period of time when decisions are made that are later found to be regrettable, or often made with insufficient information, and thus require an adjustment later on (or worse, abandoned altogether in favor of a new position). In financial markets, it is notorious for often coinciding with false buy and sell signals, resulting in what we call "fake outs", and not "breakouts", as thought at first. Why does this happen ? Because of contradictory statements from banking and political leaders, and/or conflicting date from economic reports. Our recommendations for new positions are therefore limited to aggressive traders only.

As we head into mid-December, our focus will be upon December 13, +/- 2 trading days, and December 20-25. The first date concurs with the middle of Mercury retrograde. Any market that didn't begin a strong reversal within 3 days of Mercury turning retrograde, are vulnerable to making an important market reversal around the middle of the Trickster's retrograde cycle. The second date coincides with the winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere), when not only the Sun, but also Venus and Saturn will enter the sign of Capricorn. That combination over the winter solstice hasn't happened in nearly 150 years. As discussed before and explored further in the Forecast 2018 Book , this will start the third stage of "The Great Reset", and will last three years, the time it takes Saturn to transit through Capricorn.

Enjoy Mercury retrograde these next two weeks. But try to hold off on major decisions until after that if possible. Use the period to gather necessary information, and enjoy the good will of the holiday season. Go to parties, meet old and new friends, but be sure of your trading orders (don't say "buy" when you mean "sell"), and don't be surprised when others change their plans suddenly on you, or if your computer or cell phone start acting out. They are no more certain of what to do than you are, under the Trickster's spell. The Trickster is just playing with your mind.

Longer-term thoughts :

".To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             The EBook of Forecast 2018 is now completed and being sent out today - Friday - and Monday, to all who have pre-ordered! Order now and get your copy. It is relevant right now !.

             The third edition of The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 1 : Cycles and Patterns in the Indexes is now out as of Friday, September 8! This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the cycles of the stock market (DJIA and Nikkei), with analysis going back to the British stock markets of the 17 th century. This is a must-have book if you are a serious investor, trader, or student of cycles. There is nothing else like this book available today. The cost of this book is $125. There is also a special $25 discount for those who also pre-order the Forecast 2018 Book . Call us to get this rate. The new material and tables on long-and intermediate-term cycles in the U.S. and Japanese stock markets are worth the cost of the book alone. For more information, go to visit the MMA website at, or here and check it out. You can also order now by e-mail to or calling 1-800-662-3349, or 248-626-3034. "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing : Cycles and Patterns in the Index" is literally the ultimate book on the analysis of the stock market. We are especially impressed with various waves of long-term cycles for more than 200 years, which we have never seen : T. Kaburagi, Toshi Nippou Ltd (Japan's major commodity newspaper).

             Our monthly MMA Cycles : The monthly edition of the MMA International Cycles Report (ICR) and its companion MMA Japanese Cycles and MMA European Cycles reports will come out this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers.

- This report covers our long term analysis of the stock market (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, T-Notes, Euro and Swiss Franc currencies, grains and crude oil. It also provides the list of geocosmic and solar-lunar reversal zones for the 1-2 months. This report comes out Monday night to subscribers.
- The MMA Japanese Markets Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen.
- The new MMA Europe Cycles report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX stock indices, each in english only and will be available on Wednesday.
Two-issue trial subscriptions are available for this service for $55.00, which includes the current issue and the next month's as well.
For subscription information, please go to our web site, or call us at 1-248-626-3034. If you are not a subscriber, you can check this service out on a 2-month trial basis for only $55.00.

             MMA's annual Forecast Book : The Forecast 2018 Book printed edition is now done and is expected to be delivered late this week (on or before December 15). All those who have pre-ordered prior to Monday, December 11, will be included in that first mailing. The book is 200 pages, and packed with new information. You may still order the Forecast 2018 Book at the current price of $55.00 plus postage (or E-book with no postage). Keep in mind that there is only one printing each year, and the number of printed copies we order is 20% above the amount of printed copies pre-ordered by December 1. When they sell out, they are gone. In the last five years, the Forecast Book has sold out of all printed copies three times, including the past two years. Therefore, if you wish a copy of the Forecast 2018 printed edition, it is advisable to order now, before noon on Monday.

MMA's annual Forecasts Book, written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, is one of the most unique, 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 2018. Special sections also include the USA and world economy, the USA and world politics, the USA and its President. A 2018 ephemeris and calendar (one month per page) with geocosmic signatures is included, as well as descriptions of the Mercury, Venus, and Mars retrograde periods for 2018. This is a book with 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 ORDER NOW AND SAVE BIG BUCKS!!! !!!

For more information, visit or call 1-800-662-3349 or 1-248-626-3034.

This year's printed version of Forecast 2018 will also available in these languages:
Dutch : at
German : at
Japanese : at

             MMA's weekly and daily subscription reports have been extremely accurate and profitable lately, catching the lows in metals, stocks, crude oil, soybeans, and currencies. If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or Daily Market reports. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or weekly basis. These weekly reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Gold and Silver, plus GLD and SLV (the Gold and Silver ETF's). Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report. For more information, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). And since early December, these reports have been extremely profitable. As subscriber and trader R.B. of Albuquerque, NM writes",You have been on an incredible run for a while ; I have never seen anything like it". Well, when everything lines up just right...

             If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with short-term trading recommendations, (see a sample there, of the weekly). It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Swiss Franc, Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Soybeans, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report.
If you want more information call our offices at 1-248-626-3034.
These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). In the words of one of our subscribers : I am really pleased with your recommendations through the Daily and Weekly Trade Recommendations.  I have used them to trade gold and silver stocks in my IRA.  In the last eight years I increased my account from $60,000 to $712,000. Thanks for your excellent publications. - Bryden C., Small Business Owner, Illinois.  

Upcoming Events :

             January 20, 2018 : Phoenix, AZ. Workshop on Forecast 2018. Details to be announced soon.

             February 4, 2018 : FORECAST 2018 WEBINAR. Details shortly. Or, call 248-626-3034 to sign up. It will not be posted on our website until holidays. Cost: $45.00.

            February 17, 2018 : Miami, Florida, "Forecasts 2018 and the Great Reset". A three-hour presentation on the world and national political scene for 2018, plus an analysis of the stock and Gold market, USA economy and housing market. Details soon.

            March 3, 2018 and/or February 13 : Atlanta, Georgia: "Forecasts 2018 and The Great Reset". Presentation on the world and national political scene for 2018, plus an analysis of the stock and Gold market, USA economy and housing market. May be followed by a workshop two weeks later. To be determined. Details soon.

             May 23-29, 2,018 : The UAC (United Astrology Congress), Chicago, IL. The largest and most exciting conference for astrologers in the world take place then. 15 tracks, over 200 of the world's top astrologers making presentations. For more information, go to

             June 21-24, 2018 : AAGB (Astrological Association of Great Britain's) 50 th anniversary conference. Details to be announced soon, but I will be there, conducting special post-conference workshop on Financial Market Timing.

             July 12-15, 2018 : GLAC (Great Lakes Astrology Conference), Ann Arbor, MI. I will be there, conducting a special pre-conference workshop on "Mundane Astrology and The Great Reset". Plus, the Keynote speech.

             September 15-18, 2018 : 3 RD MMA INVESTMENT RETREAT, Majorca, Spain. Tentatively being planned. Details to be announced soon.

             The MMA Catalogue of products and services for 2015 is now out!!! You can download it in PDF. The ordering page is the last page of the catalogue. This is especially useful for those outside of the USA, since we do not mail these out by mail unless requested.

             I am oftentimes asked for recommendations of a money manager who uses my methods, since I won't manage other people's money. The thing is, almost all money managers I know use their own systems. But many subscribe to my services and share my thoughts about the future of the economy, various financial markets, and how to position one's portfolio along these lines. One money manager who subscribes to our services that I would suggest for those looking to structure a longer-term portfolio, such as a retirement account, is Duke O'Neill of Boulder, Colorado. He can be reached at, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at Ted is a legend in financial futures and has a seat on the CME. Both are very knowledgeable of the tools I use, of the way I am looking at markets, and yet each makes their own decisions as to exactly when to enter and exit any market. They will be more than happy to assist you.

             To the above list, I would also like to recommend long-term MMA subscriber Erwin Brunner of Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Brunner is the founder of BrunnerInvest AG. One of his five funds was awarded theBest in-house fund of funds in the world recently. Mr. Brunner is a former director of the Swiss Banking Corporation (today it is known as UBS), and a general director of Rothschild Bank in Zurich. As an independent wealth manager for high net worth individuals and institutional clients only, he places his clients into the funds of the best performing fund managers in the world, via his own research and experience. For high net worth readers interested in Mr. Brunner's funds, please contact him through

             It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Egon von Greyerz to MMA Investment Retreat faculty of presenters. I met Egon last week in Girona, Spain, at a special gathering attended by MMTA Graduates Nitin Bhandari (India), Philipp Beyer (Germany), Henry Canciglia (USA) and myself. Egon is an expert on Gold. He owns Matterhorn Asset Management, a Swiss Asset Management company specializing in wealth preservation, located in Zurich ( He was also the person who initiated the "Save Our Swiss Gold" Act in Switzerland late last year, which would have required the Swiss National Bank to back up their assets with 20% Gold holdings. The initiative failed, but his reasons for initiating this effort are still valid. Egon is very interested in MMA cycles' work, and will share his outlook on Gold and the world debt. This is a real treat!

             The newly revised The Sun, The Moon, and Silver Book :Secrets of a Silver Trader, is now out. This is a book that you will use as a reference guide for...many, many years. It identifies all the key Sun-Moon combinations that have a higher (and lower) than expected probability of correlating with 4% or greater reversals in COMEX Silver. It also identifiesBig Range Days - those days in which the range of Silver is most likely to be 3.5% or more of the price of Silver, which is a great tool for day traders. This book fulfills the dream of all traders : high probability winning trade possibilities, with minimal market exposure. It is thatextra edge. And Silver is a great market to trade now. The cost is $125.00. For ordering on line.

             The new book titled Solar-Lunar Keys to Gold Prices : Secrets of a Gold Trader , is now out. The long awaited sequel to the Secrets of a Silver Trader is due out in late October (maybe before)!!!
Now, GOLD as you have never seen it by night or day. The studies for the soon-to-be-released book are now completed and the results are now being used in the weekly and daily MMA subscription reports for short-term trading strategies in Gold. That's right... historically tested Solar-Lunar Correlations to trading reversals in the Gold Market - as only available from Raymond Merriman. The studies cover over 40 years of daily Gold, starting from December 31, 1974 through April 2015. The book will change how you approach trading Gold using these leading solar-lunar indicators, with very clear instructions as to "when" to expect 3%, 4%, or greater reversals in Gold prices and how to trade them. It will be a valuable guide for short-term traders of Gold, GLD, and other ETF's involving Gold prices. You may call 1-248-626-3034 or email and place your pre-order now. It is also now available for purchase on the MMA web site at Order now and get the first printing of this new book on trading Gold!

Disclaimer and statement of purpose : The purpose of this column is not to predict 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 oftentimes report 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 will likely affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycle’s 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 these psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence financial markets of the day.

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 assume any responsibility at all for those individual decisions. Reader should understand that futures and options trading are considered high risk.

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