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The best market timing for Silver

February 17 - 2020
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.

Review :

U.S. equity markets  closed out the week on a down note as the coronavirus' spread  outside of China accelerated and investors took a cautious stance heading into the weekend. The latest figures out of China showed the number of new cases continued to slow. The National Health Commission said there were 889 new coronavirus cases and 118 deaths in the country in the 24 hours through Thursday, raising the totals to 75,465 and 2,236, respectively . "Stocks Slide, Posting Weekly Losses", Jonathan Garber,, February 21, 2020.

The coronavirus outbreak ruined for investors what was a solid earnings reporting season and is casting a pall on forecasts for this quarter and the rest of this year. And now with most of the earnings season in the books, look for the latest coronavirus headlines to fill the vacuum and weigh on stocks the rest of the month. - Yun Li, "Coronavirus Fears Spoiled a Solid Earnings Season",, February 21, 2020.

World equity markets were a mixed bag last week, Perhaps the strangest result was seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummet all week after its all-time high the prior week, whereas the Chinese Shanghai Composite rose all week, and in fact has been rising sharply ever since its low of February 4, in spite of the outbreak of the coronavirus that has hit China harder than any other county on the planet. But then again, this is Mercury retrograde (February 16-March 9), which started in Pisces, so anyone looking for logic in the markets (or in one's own personal life) may be living in a parallel universe - or trying to.

Along these lines, I had an interesting conversation with my wife, astrologer Antonia Langsdorf, last night (yes, we talk a lot about astrology and how it works). She made the comment that one of the most important concepts she has learned is that, "If you can't change it, accept it" And this bit of wisdom applies at all times. To which I replied, "That's true, but it is only important at times when you are undergoing hard transiting or progressed aspects to your natal chart". When you are under soft, harmonious aspects, or even no transiting or progressed aspects, you are not under pressure to change your circumstances, whether you accept them or not. She saw my point. Which brings me to the point of current markets and the political environment, which I will discuss a little more in the latter section of this week's column.

The behavior of financial markets last week was anything but clear, except in the case of Gold, which soared to a new 7-year high on Friday, February 21, as it took out $1650. It did this in spite of the fact that the U.S. Dollar also rallied to its highest mark since April 2017, and the Euro fell to its lowest mark since the same time. Gold is not supposed to rally so sharply when the Dollar also rallies so sharply... unless people are scared, and investors are confused or uncertain. Which, of course, is the name of the cosmic game when Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces (confusion and uncertainty), and even more so when you have three of the five outermost planets (Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn) in Capricorn (fear), a rare phenomenon known as the "Capricorn Stellium". This stellium will be in effect for much of 2020, finally ending around the winter solstice of December 21, 2020 when both Saturn and Jupiter ingress into Aquarius. I am sure you will be hearing a lot of talk about "The Age of Aquarius" finally beginning then. It is symbolic of the end of an era and the start of a new one, but it doesn't happen overnight. And which era will we talking about anyway ?.

But back to last week's markets. The S&P and NASDAQ of the U.S., and the DAX and SMI of Europe, and the ASX of Australia, all made new all-time highs last week. The AEX of Amsterdam soared to its highest mark since February 2001. But the U.S. and European indices all fell hard by the close of the week as the fear of the spread of the coronavirus continued to concern investors. Other markets just continued to trade in congestion, as they have for most of this new year (Nikkei, Hang Seng, Nifty, FTSE, Bovespa. Crude Oil had a nice week, up over 10% since it dipped below $50/barrel two weeks ago. Silver had a nice rally, back above $18.50, but it couldn't exceed its high of January 8, 2020, even though Gold exploded to its highest level since February 2013. Bitcoin came off its multi-month high of 10,519 made on February 13, but it is still holding above 9200, which makes it only a corrective decline after its powerful rally that started at 6350 two months ago. There is no sign the buying frenzy has ended, related to expectation of the "Bitcoin halving" event that is expected to occur in May 2020. That will result in a 50% reduction of the block subsidy given to Bitcoin miners.

Short-Term Geocosmics and longer term thoughts :

CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday that he found the Democratic debate in Las Vegas difficult to watch as Sen. Bernie Sanders assailed billionaire Mike Bloomberg and the wealthy. "It was painful because your wealth was really under fire last night", Cramer said. "How did this get to be, that if you're wealthy and you're a Democrat, it's just bad news ?" - Kevin Stankiewicz, "Cramer on the Debate : 'Your Wealth Was Really Under Fire' as Sanders Sounded Like a Communist"., February 20, 2020.

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich". Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (1844-1923), as quoted in the Arizona Republic, February 21, 2020.

This Mercury retrograde cycle, February 16-March 9, is an especially noteworthy one from the cosmic perspective because there are several other major aspects occurring during this three-week period that also have a strong historical correspondence to major reversals in financial and commodity markets. One of these is the transit of Venus making a square aspect to the "Capricorn Stellium" involving Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn, starting this week, February 23, and lasting through March 3. Venus rules currencies, stocks, and Soybeans. We also note that the middle of Mercury retrograde occurs on February 27. Oftentimes markets that didn't reverse at the time of the retrograde (February 16 +/- 3 trading days), will do so within 2 days of the midpoint of Mercury retrograde. This will happen in the latter half of the new week.

This week also begins with a new moon in Pisces on Sunday, February 23. This too can coincide with market reversals if it happens within a time band containing other strong geocosmic signatures, which will be the case this week. Pisces, and its ruler Neptune, are associated with medicines and healing efforts. The new moon symbolizes a new cycle, a new awareness. Perhaps we will hear of a cure for the coronavirus being discovered in the next two weeks (the "waxing" period that follows a new moon and lasts until it becomes a full moon). Anything is possible under Pisces, for this sign rules the imagination where new discoveries can be visualized and then brought into manifestation. If that happens, then we could see world stock indices rally once again, with many making new cycle or all-time highs. I am not saying this will happen, only that it is possible based on it being a new moon, and occurring in the sign of Pisces, where the idea of miracles and cures to problems are a cornerstone of one's belief system.

I would like to editorialize for a moment, given that I am the editor of this column, on the 2020 U.S. election process as I see it today. Earlier, I spoke of "changing it" or learning to "accept it", related to hard aspects in your chart... there are a lot of hard aspects happening in 2020, and many are finding it frustrating to just accept things as they are. It is equally difficult for many to change these conditions, as people feel powerless against the political machinery that controls the governments of the world as well as the election process in those regions that claim to be democracies. It seems the only way to "change" things is to go into politics or become extremely rich so that you can influence politicians or buy votes to become a government leader. I can't change that, so it is no problem for me personally to accept that this is the way it has become and therefore is. The only choice that I really have here is to decide whether or not I want to vote for a career politician to have the power to decide what I do in my bedroom, bathroom (medicine cabinet), or board room, or a wealthy person who can afford to buy votes that support issues and policies that I value, and who exhibits qualities of character that I respect in a leader, such as honesty, accountability, and compassion for others. But even then, I fall back upon another piece of wisdom I have learned over my lifetime : we all have the free will to choose the inevitable. Which is really just another way of expressing the value of learning to accept things that you cannot change, unless you have the power and the will to change those things that you cannot accept. Recognizing the difference is critical in the quest to achieve a happy life. So is learning to let your profits run when you are right and cut your losses when you are wrong.

Longer-Term thoughts :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             Note 1 : The MMA Forecast 2020 Webinar recording is now available! This once-a-year broadcast showed the odds for a potential stock market crash in 2020-2023 and discussed what to do about it to protect one's portfolio. This 2+ hour webinar discussed the geocosmic importance of Saturn conjunct Pluto that took place January 12, which is very evident in today's news (impeachment, assassinations, sports scandals, record high in stock prices, rallies in metals, etc.). It discussed the forthcoming Jupiter/Saturn conjunction on the Winter Solstice 2020, right after the U.S. election, and its historical correlation to economic and market cycles. Updates were provided on financial markets since the book was written in November 2019, including the U.S. and German stock market (DAX), Gold and Silver, Crude Oil, Bitcoin, and currencies. The stock markets and Gold were given most attention. Cost of the recording is $55.00 and includes the slides of the presentation plus instant access to the video recording of the event.

             Note 2 : SPECIAL ANNUAL REPORTS ON JAPANESE, CHINESE AND GERMAN STOCK INDICES FROM MMA. This year's English edition of the Forecast 2020 Book is 250 pages, our largest ever. We think readers will be pleased with additional analysis on the three synodic cycles that will be in effect in 2020, something that has not happened in over 130 years. The correlation of these cycles to mundane, political, and economic events is fascinating, especially the research on the longest of these planetary cycles beginning this year: the 32-37 year Saturn/Pluto conjunction. It is unlikely you will find a more complete examination and explanation of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction taking place on January 12, 2020, than you will find in Forecast 2020, except via the work of Claude Weiss at

In addition to the English edition of Forecast 2020, Raymond Merriman has written three special 9-page yearly market reports/forecasts for the Japanese Nikkei, Chinese Shanghai Composite, and the German DAX stock indices. Each of these is translated and printed in its respective Japanese, Chinese, and German book editions of Forecast 2020.

Many of our English readers and global investors may find these reports to be of special interest too. Therefore, we will make each of these reports available for purchase for $30 a piece. They are written in English and analyze each of these markets from the perspective of their long- and intermediate-term cycles, as well as citing their correlations to planetary cycles in effect in 2020, such as the history of the three major synodic cycles that will unfold next year.

If you are interested in ordering either of these three special reports on the 2020 outlook for the Nikkei, Shanghai Composite, or German DAX, please visit our Special Annual Report shop.

             Note 3 : March 11, 25, and April 1: LEARN ABOUT FUTURES ! See below for more information

             Note 4 : The ICR (International Cycles Reports) from MMA will be issued this week. The  ICR Financials  includes analysis on ASX (Australian Stock Index), RUT (Russell 2000), SSE (Chinese Shanghai Stock Composite), HSI (Hang Seng Index), AUD (Australian Dollar), DXY (US Dollar), and GBP (British Pound). The new  ICR Commodities  Report includes analysis on LC (Live Cattle), MJ (Cannabis), XAU (Gold and Silver), KT (Coffee), KA (Sugar), C (Corn), and W (Wheat). These reports are written by MMA Analyst and editor Mark Shyterman (metals, stock indices, and soft commodities), MMA Analyst Raymond Merriman (China markets), MMA Analyst Ulric Aspegren (Currencies), Isabella Suleymanov (Grains), and Massimo Moras (Live Cattle and Hang Seng).

             Our monthly MMA Cycles : The monthly edition of the MMA 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.
One month trial subscriptions are available for this service for $35.00, which includes the current issue.
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 one month trial basis for only $35.00.

             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 2020. Special sections also include the USA and world economy, the USA and world politics, the USA and its President. A 2020 ephemeris and calendar (one month per page) with geocosmic signatures is included, as well as descriptions of the Mercury retrograde periods for 2020. 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 2020 will also available in these languages :

Italiano : at

German : at or email :
Japanese : at

Chinese Chinese :

             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 :

             March 11, 25, and April 1 : LEARN ABOUT FUTURES ! We are hosting a three-part course over a 4-week period, 2 hours each class via video conference. At first, we were going to schedule it on Sundays, but this will interfere with the national collegiate basketball tournaments (I am a big college basketball fan), so we are moving it to Wednesdays starting March 11, at 7 PM EST (or EDST). The objective of this 3-part course would be to instruct attendees about trading futures, or ETF's that reflect futures' prices, as given in each MMA subscription report. The class would be structured with the first hour of introduction and review of the current markets and trading opportunities that are setting up, especially during the important March 20-April 7 critical reversal zone. The second half of each 2-hour class will be Q&A. The cost for these three classes would be $295. If you are interested, please visit TRADING WITH MMA MARKETING TIMING METHODS or let us know if you are interested in such a series of classes by contacting Attendance will be limited to 30 students. If you can't make the live presentation, video recordings of each class will be available for those who enroll in the course.

             September 9-14, 2020 : The ISAR 2020 Conference on "Reimagining the Future". The largest and most exciting international astrological conference taking place in 2020. With a faculty of over 100 of the world's top astrologers from 25 different countries, and very dynamic tracks on Financial Astrology, Mundane and Political Astrology, and other topics, this is an event you will not want to miss. On Wednesday, September 9, Ray Merriman will be conducting a 4-hour workshop on ASTROLOGY AND THE ART OF FINANCIAL MARKET TIMING : HOW TO FORECAST TRENDS AND MARKET REVERSALS. This course will provide research studies showing the correlation of astrological factors to short-term and longer-term financial market timing in stock markets, precious metals, and Bitcoin. To register or see more information on this spectacular event, go to go to and be prepared to be amazed!

             Saturday, September 12 - 2020, I will be presenting a lecture on "The Times, They Are a Changin' - The Political, Economic, and Monetary Revolution". It's not just the convergence of the 20-, 200-, and 800-year long-term Jupiter/Saturn cycles. It is also Saturn in Aquarius, squaring its ruler, Uranus, in Taurus. The convergence of the Jupiter/Saturn cycle in air sign Aquarius symbolizes the dawn of a new socio-economic-political era; the waning Saturn/Uranus square, the demise of an older order. What does this bode for financial markets of the world, and what can you do? We will discuss that in this lecture.

Sign up by April 19 and receive a pre-registration special discount price of under $400 for the Main Conference. A discount for pre- and post-conference workshops is also in effect until January 19. To register or see more information on this spectacular event, go to go to and be prepared to be amazed !.

             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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