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The best market timing for Silver

September 24 - 2018
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

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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.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to an all-time high on Thursday, surpassing its January high, but a third of its components still remain in a correction. Even as the blue-chip index nears its all-time high hit in January, 10 of its members are trading in a correction, or 10 percent below recent highs. - Rebecca Ungarino, "The Dow Just Hit a Record, But a Number of Stocks Are Still in a Correction",, September 20, 2018.

... investors are gearing up for next week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Though central bankers are widely expected to hike the federal funds rate during the meeting, markets will be looking past this month's decision and toward the direction the Fed will chart ahead. A quarter-point bump to the Fed's benchmark rate is already factored into investor forecasts. The hike will push the funds target to 2 percent to 2.25 percent, where it last was more than 10 years ago. Members of the FOMC are grappling over how much more monetary tightening is necessary to keep the economy (and inflation) healthy. - Thomas Franck, Alexandra Gibbs, "U.S. Treasury Yields Hold Steady Ahead of Fed Rate Decision", www.cnbc,com, September 21, 2018.

World stock markets were mostly sharply higher last week, following the completion of the Venus-Mars-Uranus T-square of September 12-18. Many of these markets started their rallies following lows associated with Saturn changing directions on Thursday, September 6, with some exhibiting intermarket bullish divergence signals from slightly lower lows in our September 10-12 three-star critical reversal date (CRD) zone. But, consistent with the nature of Uranus, the rallies turned into upside breakouts after the last passage of Mars square Uranus on September 18.

Some markets in the Americas (both North and South), exploded to new all-time highs, including the S&P and Dow Jones Industrial Average, along with the Merval Index of Argentina. In fact, despite all the attention given to the DJIA's new all-time high, the much bigger story was (or should be) Argentina's stock market, which roared to a new all-time high of 38,726 on Friday, September 21. On August 28, as Mars turned direct, the Merval was making a new 11-month low at 27,060. That's an impressive gain of 43% in slightly more than 3 weeks. By comparison, the DJIA's gain has been only 7.2% following its half-primary cycle low on August 15, despite 1/3 of the companies that make up the DJIA still being in correction territory.

Another stock index making stellar gains last week was noted in the Japanese Nikkei, which is suddenly testing its 26-year high made on January 23 at 24,129. On Friday, September 21, it was back up to 23,971. China's Shanghai Composite bounced back nicely to a new monthly high on Friday, after making a 2-year low just three days earlier on September 18, the day of the third and final Mars/Uranus square. Maybe these trade disputes between the USA and China aren't so wicked after all. Or maybe the markets are anticipating what geocosmic signatures have been suggesting all along. That is, Jupiter will soon enter Sagittarius for one year November 8, 2018-December 2, 2019, and both the planet and its ruling sign rule world trade. This combination indicates the possibility of a new era, and an explosive increase, in world trade. Yet, such an explosive reaction can create new problems, such as an overheated world economy and inflation.

The breakout nature of Mars/Uranus ending its last square aspect on September 18 was also noted in live cattle and currency markets. On May 15, 2018, Uranus entered Taurus for the first time since the 1930's. On May 17, 2018, live cattle were trading at 101.37, their lowest level since 2016. Last week, they were trading up to 113.97, a gain of 12.4% so far. That's a fairly big move for this market. Not as much as Argentina's stock market (a country also known for its cattle), but impressive nevertheless from a geocosmic point (and that, after all, is the point of this column). Taurus rules cattle. Its symbol is the bull, which is related. As discussed in the Forecast 2018 Book, this is a market that could explode in the next 2-4 years. It looks like it has started.

Taurus also rules currencies, like the U.S. Dollar. The greenback broke the neckline of a head and shoulders formation last week (thank you, technical analyst Charlie Head, for pointing that out), and then plunged to a new two-month low. In reaction, the Euro currency rallied to a new two-month high.

In other markets, Gold and Silver are still range bound, but holding their lows of August 16 and September 11 respectively, continuing the intermarket bullish divergence pattern from MMA's three-star critical reversal date (CRD) period of September 10-12. Crude oil also posted a two-month high on September 20 at 71.81.

Short-Term Geocosmics and longer-term mundane thoughts :

The Uranus aspects may be over, but the effects are still very much present. Furthermore, new geocosmic signatures loom ahead shortly that could yet pertain to a reversal in world stock indices. In light of the fact that 1/3 of the stocks in the DJIA are not making new highs, whereas the index itself is making new highs (but without the NASDAQ), there is danger that investors are becoming more complacent, when instead they should be more vigilant.

Let's look at some geocosmic factors that a Financial Astrologer and market timer may be considering, with the help of research studies reported in "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 3 : Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles". On September 18, as discussed throughout this week's column, Mars formed its third and final passage of a square aspect to Uranus. According to Volume 3, that is a Level 1 (strongest rating) aspect, with a 77% correlation to primary cycles within an orb of 13 trading days. This time band for a primary cycle is in force until October 5. On Tuesday, September 25, the Sun will square Saturn, another Level 1 signature with a 69% correlation to primary cycles within 11 trading days. Following this will be Venus turning retrograde on October 5, an even more impressive Level 1 signature than the other two, with a 78% correlation to primary cycles within 12 trading days. You can do the math, and when you do, you will see that the time bands for all three overlap September 25-October 5.

This is how we work. This is how we apply our market timing skills. When cycle studies and technical studies are combined with this approach, we are often able to make uncannily accurate market calls. It enables us to develop trading strategies for our daily and weekly subscribers. It sounds so easy. Yet it is probably one of the most challenging tasks imaginable to actually pick a time AND a price to enter and exit a trade. It is almost as hard as picking a time and a mate to share your life with. But, when you are right, there are few things in life as gratifying as making the right match. And there are few tools that can help one make these choices more accurately than astrology, especially when it is supported by other studies designed to produce the same favorable outcome.

Longer-Term thoughts and Mundane astrology :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             Note 1 : The annual MMA pre-publication specials for next year's Forecast Book are now underway. Our once-a-year sale discounts on both the annual Forecast Book and MMA subscription services are now available through October 31. Order a subscription now - before the end of October - to qualify for the special $45 rate on next years' Forecast Book! Or, order both an eBook and printed book version for only $65, a savings of $45 off the standard rates, and also qualify for the special 10% discount on MMA Cycles reports. These sales end in one month, so order now and save big bucks (such as over $300 for MMA daily reports!). For more information on this once-a-year sale, go to and click the opening banner of the website. You may also call us at 1-248-626-3034, 1-800-662-3349, or email

             Note 2 : Last year's Forecast 2018 Book rocked !. Check out the scorecard for financial markets asas of July 19 on our website at under NEWS AND EVENTS. Some of the calls by our MMTA graduates were phenomenal, including Kat Powell on Soybeans, Nitin Bhandari on Crude Oil, Ulric Aspegren on the British Pound, as well as Mark Shtayerman and Izabella Suleymanova on Wheat, not to mention Merriman's own calls on other markets and the world/national political and economic arenas.

             Note 3 : Less than 2 weeks to reserve! The date is set. MMA will host a special webinar on Silver and Soybeans on Thursday, October 4, at 6 PM EDT. The presentation will be based on the research and analysis of MMTA graduate and MMA analyst Kat Powell. Ray Merriman will act as moderator and interviewer for this special event. Powell has proven to be an excellent market analyst on these two markets. In Forecast 2018 , written in November 2017, she stated " My bias is that the market may need to re-test support in the range of 800-900 before a substantial rally can begin. The current range for the descending pattern is 842 +/- 43… Venus in Virgo will form a grand trine involving Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus at the time of the solar eclipse of July 13". The low of the year, as of today, was right on July 13 (another CRD zone given in Forecast 2018) at 810. Kat writes the Soybean analysis in the MMA Cycles Report and has also done outstanding studies on geocosmic correlations to cycles in the Silver market. With Silver near a 3-year low, and Gold in the time band for its 30.5-month cycle trough, this will be a very timely webinar. Longer-term, these markets are also moving towards the important Saturn/Pluto conjunction of January 2020, which Kat will discuss in light of her research on this planetary pair cycle. The cost for this 90-minute webinar will be $45. To register, please email us at, or call 1-800-662-3349, or 1-248-626-3034. You will also be able to order directly from our website at shortly, or via this link.

             Note 4 : ONE MONTH TRIAL SPECIAL OFFER ! A   Special Gold Alert  was issued last week, which followed our  Special Gold Update  the prior week, to all subscribers of all MMA subscription reports. Several readers have since asked if we would consider a special trial subscription to our weekly or daily reports to keep up with our analysis of this special situation in metals. We will offer a special one-month trial to the  MMA Weekly Gold and Silver Report  for only $95.00. You will have until  September 17, to sign up for this one-month trial to the MMA Weekly Gold and Silver Report. This trial will also include the two special reports issued last week that provide the charts and background to our outlook. If you are interested, please visit our website, > Services > Subscription Services > MMA Weekly Gold and Silver, and sign up for our 1 Month Report. Or, click the banner.

             The EBook of Forecast 2018 and the print editions of Forecast 2018 are now completed and sent out to all who have pre-ordered! EBooks have been received, and print editions should be received in the next week - before Christmas. If not, call us. We have also received the printed copies on Friday, so we can now fill new orders with remaining copies. 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 went out last week. If you are subscriber to any these monthly reports and did not receive it, let us know at once via our email.

- 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 : 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 and click the banner.

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 :
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             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.
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Upcoming Events :

             October 5-7, 2018 : Tucson, AZ. OPA (Organization for Professional Astrologers), taking place at the Lodge in the Desert Hotel. Ray Merriman will give a talk on "My Journey to Becoming a Professional Astrologer - and How I Made It." Also, a talk on "The Sequence of Events Necessary to Becoming A Successful Professional Astrologer in the Next Decade." For more information, or to register for this unique gathering, go to, or call 207-210-1275, or email

             January 11-12, 2019 : "Trends for 2019", sponsored by Astrodata, Zurich, Switzerland. There will also be a workshop taught by Raymond Merriman on "Forecast 2019" the following day, January 12, with an outlook on several financial markets. For further information, contact and ask about pricing and location.
Saturday workshop : "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", sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. Details and contact information coming soon via

             February 9, 2019 : "Forecast 2019", by Raymond Merriman Phoenix, AZ (TBD).

             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 class 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. The workshop will take place on the weekends of June 8-9 and June 15-16. 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 or call 1-248-626-3034 or 1-800-MMA-3349.

             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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