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The best market timing for Silver

May 21 - 2018
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

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PLEASE NOTE : Due to my responsibilities as one of the directors of the May 23-29 UAC Conference in Chicago, there will be no Weekly Column issued next week. We may place an article up instead. We will continue our MMA Daily reports for subscribers during most or even all of this period. See "Announcements" below.

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 and Preview :

Markets already know the Federal Reserve will deliver more rate hikes this year. They're just not prepared for how much it will hurt, according to Peter Boockvar , chief investment officer of Bleakley Advisory Group. Of the last 13 rate hike cycles, 10 have resulted in a recession, says Boockvar. Markets are taking another 25 basis-point hike from the Fed at its June meeting as a near certainty, based on CME Group fed funds futures. The Fed last tweaked rates at its March meeting. The rest of the year is less clear. A third rate hike for 2018 could come in September, but the chances of a fourth in December are at less than 41 percent. Karis Lahiff, "The Fed is About to Deliver a 'Punch in the Face', that Markets are not Prepared For",, May 12, 2018.

The cross currents between the cosmically favorable Jupiter/Neptune and Saturn/Uranus waning trine aspects, and the hard, disruptive Mars/Uranus square aspect, were on full display last week. All three of these geocosmic signatures are important, but contradictory, geocosmic signatures, and all three will remain in effect over the next 3-4 months.

Last week was especially important from the cosmic perspective because Mars and Uranus both changed signs. Uranus made its first entry into Taurus on May 15, where it will spend most of the next seven years, while Mars ingressed into Aquarius on the same day. The next day, May 16, Mars and Uranus formed a fixed 90-degree square to one another, which symbolizes disruptions and sudden events that can be very disturbing, like the volcano eruption in Hawaii, and another deadly high school shooting took that place in Texas on Friday, May 18, killing ten students. This is symbolic of Mars square Uranus, described last week as follows : "Mars square Uranus is a reminder that the world is still far from safe, and not all people will be expressing grandiose ideals, but instead acting very irrational and erratic, oftentimes contradicting their words via their behaviors. Psychopathic rage leading to violence is one possibility of expression during the Mars/Uranus aspect, so it would be wise to avoid dangerous situations and people if you are able to sense them before they erupt". That warning remains in force through September 18 and is the polar opposite dynamic of Jupiter trine Neptune, which continues to strive for world peace. But even that effort took a turn backwards last week when North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un abruptly threatened to pull out of summit talks scheduled next month with President Donald Trump if it is to be one-sided affair where North Korea has to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal, but U.S., gives up... . what ?.

In spite of these geopolitical cross currents, which reflect the contradictory nature of the geocosmic alignments, most world stock indices continued their impressive rallies following their distorted primary cycle lows of March 26-April 3. This was especially notable in three of the four European indices we track. The London FTSE index matched its all-time high of 7791 on Friday, May 18, while the AEX and DAX neared their all-time highs on the same day. However, the Zurich SMI index topped out on Monday, May 14, just before the Mars/Uranus ingresses and square took place, well below their highs of January. The SMI then departed from the other indices, declining through the remainder of the week.

In Asia and Pacific Rim, it was also quite a contradictory week. The Japanese Nikkei soared to a new cycle high on Friday May 18. It has now rallied nearly 13% since its primary low of March 26, eight weeks ago. China's Shanghai Index also rallied to its highest level in five weeks on the same day. But the Indian Nifty, Australian ASX, and Hang Seng index of Hong Kong all topped out on May 15 and declined the rest of the week. The decline was most severe in India, where an important election is taking place, In Australia, May 15 is in the vicinity of a double top formation to its 10-year high of January 10.

The America's also exhibited contradictory patterns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ both made new cycle highs on Monday, May 15, and then Uranus struck on Tuesday as prices pulled back. In Argentina, the Merval Index was up all week. In Brazil, it was down all week.

As we head towards the second passage of the Jupiter/Neptune trine this week, May 25, it is not surprising the crude oil continues soaring to new 3-year highs. Both planets are the co-rulers of crude oil, and the 120° trine is considered the most favorable of all geocosmic aspects. It is possible this market will remain high until the Venus grand trine to Jupiter and Neptune on June 1-2. These days would be an excellent time for a marriage or partnership, or, at least, a special love experience in one's life - with someone other than the crude oil or stock market. It is certainly a good time to buy Gold or Silver, as the price of both is low now, and would make an excellent gift of jewelry for someone loved. Interestingly enough, Gold made a new cycle low last week, falling to 1285 on May 17, and Silver did not make a new cycle low, so a case of intermarket bullish divergence may be developing in this important geocosmic reversal zone, May 14-June 2.

In other markets, T-Notes broke to a new 6-year cycle low, the Euro to a new cycle low, and Bitcoin fell below $8000 on Friday, for the first time in 4 weeks. The Bitcoin decline fits with our forecast made in our new Bitcoin Report, based on our solar/lunar sign studies that were revealed in our recent webinar three weeks ago. Our forecasting model is working very well.

Short-Term Geocosmics and Longer-term thoughts :

"For decades, central banks have held the bulk of their foreign exchange reserves in the dollar... central banks held about 63% of their reserves in dollars at the end of last year, the lowest level in four years. Meanwhile, allocations to the Euro rose 20% and reserves in the Japanese Yen rose to 4.9%". Chelsea Dulaney and Joshua Zumbrun, "Dollar Reign Faces Threat", Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2018.

American women are having children at the lowest rate on record, with the number of babies born in the U.S. last year dropping to a 30-year low. - Janet Adamy, "Births Hit Lowest Number Since 1987", Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2018.

And you know what happened to stock prices in 1987. The DJIA made an all-time high in August of that year, then fell 40% by mid-October. Well, it is an interesting one-time correlation, and no guarantee it is a cycle related to markets. What is probably more important is what these shifts mean for the future. In my way of looking at the connection between cycles of human activity and the cosmos, these are indicators of "The Great Reset" that I have written about extensively over the past two years. These cycles started in November 2016, became official with the Sun/Saturn conjunction on the Winter solstice of December 20-21, 2017, and will grow in visibility and influence into at least 2020, and probably into February 2026, +/- 1 year, when Saturn and Neptune will cross over into Aries together. I anticipate that both of these trends - the diminishing importance of the U.S. Dollar and the decline of births in the USA - will continue into then, and result in a powerful shift in world affairs, especially in the world financial structure. It is also a reason to support the view that precious metals will become more and more important in terms of world currencies, perhaps along with new forms of currencies like cryptos. I keep in mind Silver's 60-year crest cycle, due in 2040 +/- 5 years, probably along with Gold, which is a subject I will give a presentation on at the UAC conference in Chicago, May 27. I hope to see many of you there (see "Announcements" for details).

Shorter-term, we are focused on the Jupiter trine Neptune on May 25, and the transit of Venus making a grand trine to the Jupiter/Neptune trine on June 1-2, as discussed in the earlier section of this column. Crude Oil and stock markets are most related to these signatures, but currencies and treasuries may be as well, which in turn could coincide with cycle reversals in precious metals. It promises to be a rather amazing two weeks, with plenty of good news coming out too, probably about potential summit meetings between North Korea and the USA, but also between European leaders, Russia, and the USA. It is a time to give peace a chance. Or, get married. Or, have babies.

Longer-Term thoughts and Mundane astrology :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             Note 1 : New - MMTA graduate and Time for Crude Oil  analyst, Nitin Bhandari, is now offering two new weekly reports for MMA. The first report focuses exclusively on the Indian stock market (Nifty cash). The second on Canadian Markets, including weekly analysis on the Toronto Stock Exchange Index (S&P/TSX cash) and the Canadian Dollar (USD/CAD cash). Each report comes out on the weekend, prior to the Monday open of markets. The cost of each report is $825/year, or $275/three months.  However, as a special introductory offer, MMA offers the rate of $50.00 for the following reports :  May 14, May 21, May 28, and June 4. This special offer ends June 4. Sign up now and take advantage of these special introductory rates!.

             Note 2 : We are pleased to announce that the recordings of Course 1 on MMA's Market Timing Methodology, taught to students in Beijing, China, will now be available as of this Monday, April 9! These classes provide the basic principles for understanding the terminology and use of cycle studies, for the purpose of timing major reversals in financial markets. They also explain how trend analysis and chart patterns are used in the context of cycle studies and introduce the student to geocosmic correlations to long-term cycles in the stock market. Course 1 is taught entirely by Raymond Merriman, the creator and developer of the MMA Market Timing Methodology. The classes are given in English with Chinese translation. The cost for the entire 8 classes is $995 (this is a savings of over $1000 from the cost of Course 1 in MMTA). The cost includes the text of each class (in English), the webinar recordings (in English and Chinese), as well as the power point slides (in English). Classes may also be purchased individually at $145/each. For more information and a complete description of each class, please visit > Education. Or, wait for the banner with Chinese characters to come up on the opening screen of the MMA web site, and click it. This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive, effective, and valuable way to learn the art and science of Market Timing (the MMA way, the leader in market timing products and services, and now, education as well). Call 248-626-3034, or email MMA at for further information.

             Note 3 : The new MMA Bitcoin Daily Report has started !. And it made its first official trade on Thursday, March 15, as Bitcoin made a new multi-week low. The cost for this new report is $1500/year or $150/mo, but it is included in the MMA Daily subscription report too, along with 10 other markets (stock indices, Gold, Silver, Euro, Yen, and T-Notes). The reason we like Bitcoin for traders is because 50+% moves seem to happen every couple of weeks. Also, we like it because it seems to have its favorite solar/lunar combinations for reversals. It is a great market for speculators and aggressive traders, who understand how to manage the risk (don't trade more than your life style can afford to lose). We use the current nearby futures contract as the basis for our analysis, which can easily be used by those who want to actually own bitcoins (or its relatives, like Ethereum and Lite Coin). For those who sign up this week, we will also provide a FREE COPY of our recent March 8 webinar for subscribers ("Q&A with Ray"), which includes the tables on our initial research results of daily bitcoin reversals of 10% or more related to lunar movements since July 2014. The initial results are impressive! To sign up, please go to the front-page banner at and click the Bitcoin image. Or, call us at 1-800-662-3349 or 1-248-626-3034. Or email us at

             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.
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Upcoming Events :

             May 23-29, 2,018 : The UAC (United Astrology Congress), Chicago, IL. The largest and most exciting conference for astrologers in the world takes place then. 15 tracks, over 200 of the world's top astrologers making presentations. At this huge cosmic event, I will be giving two classes. The first is on "Introduction to Financial Astrology and Market Timing", 9:00 AM, Friday, May 25, and "Precious Metals: Illustrating and Forecasting via the Art of Market Timing Tools", at 11:00 AM, Sunday, May 27. For more information, visit for more information.

             June 21-24, 2018 : AAGB (Astrological Association of Great Britain's) 50 th anniversary conference. Ray Merriman will be presenting a morning and afternoon workshop on "Cosmic Cycles are Forever" - valuable tools for timing trends and changes of trends in financial markets. In this masterclass, the historical correlation of currency and gold prices to certain planetary cycles are present in today's cosmos will be examined, with an eye on what to anticipate between 2018 and 2020. For more information, or email or, visit and register before February 28 for only £199 and save big bucks !.

             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" on July 12, 10:30 AM - 1 PM. Plus, "Basic Principles of Financial Astrology", on Saturday, 11:15 AM. I will present the Keynote speech on "The Current State of Astrology - and Why the USA is Falling Behind" on Friday evening. For more info, contact, or call 734-434-0804.

             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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