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The best market timing for Silver

October 18 - 2021
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 Securities and Exchange Commission is set to allow the first U.S. bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds to start trading next week, a landmark victory for a cryptocurrency industry that has long sought permissions from Wall Street's top regulator. Bitcoin traded north of $60,000 on Friday, its highest level since April 17, in part on speculation the SEC would greenlight the ETFs. - Thomas Frank, "The SEC Is Poised to Allow the First Bitcoin Futures ETF To Begin Trading",, October 15, 2021.

Rising vaccination rates and nearly $2.8 trillion in federal spending since December have produced a recovery like none in recent memory. Inflation has soared (and) the gains largely reflect disrupted supply chains and shortages associated with the reopening of the economy. - Nick Timiraos, "Fed Tapering Plan on Track, Clarida Says", Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2021.

Global equity indices soared last week following their lows that started when Mercury turned retrograde September 29, or near the midpoint of its retrograde cycle, which was October 7-8. But now we are in the midst of three prominent Jupiter transits, October 15-18, plus Mercury ends its retrograde motion on Monday, October 18, along with Jupiter doing the same. It is not unusual to see healthy rallies into multiple Jupiter transits, even if Mercury is still retrograde. But can this rally continue past this next week when the Jupiter effect wanes ? Can a rally that started with Mercury retrograde also end when it turns direct three weeks later ? Yes, these things are possible. But right now, the chart pattern and technical picture look very bullish. But then again, it is often the case with Mercury retrograde that technicals and chart patterns look one way, but reality turns out differently.

In Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Indian NIFTY index was the star last week. It soared to a new all-time on Friday, October 15. The Australian ASX and Japanese Nikkei indices also had healthy rallies following their cycle lows of September 29 and October 6 respectively. Hong Kong and China's markets were not as bullish.

In Europe, the London FTSE surged to a new post-pandemic high on Friday. The Netherlands AEX, German DAX, and Zurich SMI indices also rallied smartly from their recent lows posted on October 6.

In the U.S., strong rallies ended the week in the DJIA, S&P, and NASDAQ.

Other markets also had noteworthy weeks. Crude Oil soared to a new 7-year high on Friday, reaching 82.49. Bitcoin is now challenging its all-time high as the week comes to an end. The Dollar/Yen exploded to its highest level in three years. Silver was also strong, soaring to 23.64 on Friday. As recently as September 29, it was making new yearly lows of 21.41. Gold crossed the 1800 mark on Thursday for the first time since September 15, but on Friday, it dropped nearly $30 and was back below 1770.

In retrospect, it looks like many markets ended their counter trend moves that began with Mercury retrograde or its midpoint. They appear to be resuming the trends that were in effect prior to that time. However, with four planets switching from their retrograde to direct motions between October 6 and 18, that two-week period may also end up being a counter-trend move. Such is the nature of multiple planets turning retrograde and direct in a short span of time.

Short-Term Geocosmics and longer-Term thoughts :

How does it feel to be at the very end of a 12-day stretch where four of the planets ended their retrograde cycles and returned back to their direct motions ? Did you feel anything flipped ? Did you witness the abrupt about-face of financial markets during this period, which started with Pluto turning direct on October 6 (also a new moon, and mid-Mercury retrograde cycle, and Sun conjunct Mars the next day), followed by Saturn turning direct last Monday, October 11 ? The planetary reversals will be completed this Monday, October 18, when both Mercury and Jupiter will turn direct. Does that end this impressive rally? Or did it just start October 6 and to continue past on this next week? These are questions financial astrologers will be looking to answer.

It's not just the switch from retrograde to direct motion of Pluto, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter. As indicated in the opening, it is also the culmination of three Jupiter transits. On Friday, the Sun and Jupiter formed a trine to one another and the stock markets of the world were sharply higher. On Monday, October 18, Jupiter will turn direct, which also has bullish implications. On Tuesday, October 19, Mars will trine Jupiter, another mostly bullish indicator. These harmonious aspects then transition into the more challenging square and opposition types, October 22 through November 17, starting with the harsh Mars/Pluto square of October 22 and ending with the powerful Mars/Uranus opposition. In between, Mars will square Saturn on November 10.

Of course, we would like to think the bearish counter-trends are over and the bullish trends are resuming. And that might be the case. Even the transits to the NYSE "buttonwood" chart (May 17, 1792) support this view, as transiting Mars conjoins the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in that chart, October 15-29. It is followed by transiting Jupiter doing the same November 2-Deember 20. Maybe the stock indices of the world will continue to rally, but the challenges facing world leaders haven't ended. And we still have that final Saturn/Uranus square looming ahead on December 24, which closely follows the equally powerful Venus retrograde (conjunct Pluto) on December 19. Historically, stock markets that are rising into a Saturn/Uranus quarter cycle (conjunction, square, or opposition) top out at least 1-2 months before their final passage.

There is a lot to like about what happened last week in world stock markets. There is also still a lot to be concerned with as well. People may be making money via the economy and the stock market. But world leaders and their governments are still having problems agreeing on major initiatives to move their societies and economies forward, while at the same time consumer prices for goods are rising faster than wages. The Fed is cornering itself between deciding to fight inflation or continuing to stoke a strong economy. Something has to give, and my view is that judgement day will come in December when those cosmic giants discussed above will collide.

Collisions are the nature of Saturn/Uranus. There is usually some pain and conflict that goes along with it. The thing about conflicts is that one actually and ultimately benefits from embracing them. To do that, one has to have the will to grow. It is important to embrace conflicts for what they yield, not for how they feel. They are uncomfortable and even painful to go through. But that's the price to pay for poor decisions. It is also the price to pay to grow as a society.

Longer-Term thoughts :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             Note 1 : The August September issue of the ICRs (International Cycles Reports), will be released this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers.

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  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 President Raymond Merriman (China's Shanghai Composite Index), MMA Analysts Ken Liao (Hang Seng), Ulric Aspegrén, (Currencies), Isabella Suleymanova (Grains), and Gianni Di Poce (Australian ASX and Dollar, Cannabis, and Live Cattle). Order now to make sure you get this month's report! Consider a one-month trial for only $35.

Stay tuned as the ICR Commodities report will soon add Copper to its analysis! Copper prices have long been considered a leading indicator for the economy. In May of 2021, they reached an all-time high. The research on Copper cycles by Portfolio Manager Matthieu Kaiser of Paris, and a current student at the Merriman Market Timing Academy, is one of the finest studies on cycles I have seen to date. His research on Copper cycles is stunning. He is on schedule to issue his first analysis on Cooper via ICR Commodities newsletter in the November issue. Sign up now to make sure you get this report! His work is amazing.

             Note 2 : Annual Forecast 2022 book see below - . TWO MORE WEEKS ! That's it! Only two more weeks to get the annual discounts ( 10% off any subscription of $275 or more) and Forecast 2022.

             Note 3 : THE NEW MERRIMAN ON MARKET CYCLES : THE BASICS book is out! The printed edition has just been received on Friday, October 1, and the eBook is also available! This new edition contains the most comprehensive and modern listing of 175 long-, intermediate-, and short-term financial cycles in over 40 financial, currency, and commodity markets available anywhere!

The book is a clearly written text on the MMA methodology for determining cycles periodicities and recognizing patterns within those cycles. It is a 72-page basic book for those who want to improve their timing skills by integrating cycles analysis with technical studies. It is a glossy softcover, 8-1/2" x 11" with illustrations to demonstrate the correct way to count cycle lengths, identify their phases with instruction on the trading strategies used to successfully trade each phase. The cost of the new version will be $35.00 Details for ordering are available now by clicking here.

             Note 4 : MMA'S DAILY AND SUBSCRIPTION REPORTS CONTINUE TO BE HOT ! 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 will be interested in MMA's Weekly or Daily Market reports. The weekly reports give an 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, Soybeans, Gold and Silver, Crude Oil, Bitcoin and Ethereum. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as the Euro Currency, Japanese Yen, Bitcoin, T-Notes, Gold and Silver, plus GLD and SLV (the Gold and Silver ETFs). Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders and shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the Daily report also includes the Weekly report. And now is the best time to sign up because with your order of Forecasts 2022, you get a 10% discount. For further information, click here.

For any questions, please contact us at or call (248) 626-3034, or (800) MMA-3349.

             Note 5 : Coming in January! A new ETF report by MMTA Director Gianni di Poce !. We have received many requests for an ETF report as many readers prefer trading ETFs on commodities and financials rather than futures contracts. So, we are organizing a new service for those who wish to have a monthly ETF report. The ETFs to be covered will include a precious metal (probably GLD), stock index (probably an S&P), Treasury Notes or Bonds, and Bitcoin. Stay tuned for more information as plans develop.

For any questions, please contact us at or call (248) 626-3034, or (800) MMA-3349.

             Note 6 : NEW OPTION TO MMA CYCLES REPORT ! We are adding a mid-month option to the MMA Cycles Report by Pouyan Zolfagarnia, one of the top students in the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA). This is for subscribers of that report only and will be issued as a complimentary addendum through December, after which there will be a charge of $95/year (or $45/three months, or $20/issue) to continue to receive it as an addendum to MMA Cycles. The first pilot of this addendum went out last month and the reviews have been extremely favorable from subscribers who received it. It has very attractive graphics, is clearly written with a little more emphasis on geocosmics (including charts) and is basically an excellent and not-so-technical update of the MMA Cycles Report. If you wish to receive a copy of this visually and analytically excellent report, you can simply sign up for a one-month trial to MMA Cycles and you will also receive both the monthly cycles report and this mid-term addendum. As mentioned, this report will be delivered at no cost to subscribers of MMA Cycles through December 2021. To order click here.

Really excellent, with the color-coding and shading, etc. Nice complement to Ray's work and obvious edge of experience. I would definitely subscribe to this. J.N, trader and subscriber.

Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of the MMA Monthly Cycle Report Mid-Month Addendum. I felt the analysis was clear and relevant. Looking forward to next month's analysis. If the following months are as insightful as this issue, I will be a purchaser of this subscription. M.T. MMA Cycles subscriber.

             Our monthly MMA Cycles : The monthly edition of the MMA Montly 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. And keep in mind that subscribers to this report will also receive a complimentary mid-term report of MMA Cycles (the "addendum") written by MMTA student Pouyan Zolfagarnia two weeks later on October 26).

             MMA's annual Forecast Book :

The  Forecast 2022 Book   and the  Annual Forecast Pre-Order Event is now underway . Our preliminary outlook is that 2022 will be another very important year with the long-term Saturn/Uranus square aspect continuing to be in force. Although 2021 is not yet over, several forecasts made in the 2021 book have already unfolded. For a review of the Forecast 2021 Book so far, please visit our  Scorecard.

This pre-publication period will be in effect through October 31 and will include our once-a-year sale discounts on both the annual  Forecast Book  and  MMA Subscription Reports . You may pre-order Forecast 2022 at the discounted rate of $45. After the pre-order event ends, the price will increase to $55 on November 1st. Order both an eBook and print book (Forecast 2022 Bundle) for only $65, a savings of $45 off the standard rates. Save 10% off any subscription ($275+) with purchase of Forecast 2021. Use code  SALE2022  at checkout to receive the subscription discount. Click here for subscription information.

This year we are also pleased to announce the publication of our TRENDS FOR THE TWELVE SIGNS 2022 book, which will include the individual Sun Signs forecasts. This very popular book on the annual outlook for each sign is written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and Raymond Merriman. Antonia has written an annual Sun Sign book in German for the past several years, based on interviews conducted with me beforehand. We will follow a format this year where Langsdorf will cover the health and relationships outlook and Merriman will cover the business, career and overall psychological outlook of each sign for the year. The cost of this book will be $25, with a further discount if ordered with the  Forecast 2022 Book. To order this book, click here.

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

This year's printed and/or e-Book version of Forecast 2022 will also available in these languages :

German : at or email :
Japanese : at

Chinese Chinese :

The English version will also available through or

             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".... 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 13-15 2022 : Zurich Switzerland : Trends for 2022 : sponsored by AstroData, and featuring Claude Weiss, Alexandra Klinghammer, Monica Kissling, Verena Bachman, Antonia Langsdorf, Raymond Merriman and others. Details and location to be announced in October. Stay tuned !.

             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 G"...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!
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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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