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It was quite a full Moon week for financial markets as well as world politics. France elected a new president, and this time it was the one the pollsters forecasted. U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the FBI, and all hell has broken out between those who feel this was long overdue because of Comey’s activities during the presidential election, and those who feel the timing is suspicious because of the rapidly accelerating investigation into a possible connection between the Russian interference with the 2016 USA election and Trump campaign workers.


Firing Comey puts that investigation in a pause mode. Adding to the bizarreness of this act and its timing, is Trump’s reasoning behind it - something like Comey was too mean to Hillary Clinton. It is bizarre, because Trump himself was not exactly “nice” to Hillary during the campaign. In any event, the announcement came on the day of the Scorpio full moon, which is a time to terminate something or fire someone. This may actually be a prelude to more aggressive and bold actions coming up from the White House in the next couple of weeks as transiting Mars (aggression, assertiveness, start new things, disputes, warlike) nears Mr. Trump’s natal Sun/Uranus conjunction, and opposition his natal lunar eclipse Moon. Lord help anyone who crosses his path these next two weeks (May 14-27). And that itself is a prelude to what is coming up in July-September as the powerful summer solar eclipse (August 21) conjoins Mars in the heavens and falls on his natal Mars and Ascendant - and opposite Janet Yellen’s natal full moon in Leo-Aquarius. Whether the president is an inventive and brilliant genius who is simply trying to protect all Americans, as his supporters believe, or a whacko who is out of control and a danger to the world, could be revealed in the next 100 days. We will be covering this dynamic in greater detail in our June 3 live webinar.


The response by world financial markets to the events of last week have also been interesting. The week began with the S&P and NASDAQ making new highs right after Mercury turned direct the prior week.  But the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) did not. New all-time or multi-year highs were also noted in Europe and Asia, while Japan’s Nikkei also soared to a new high for this year.


Gold and Silver continued their hard decline into Tuesday, May 8 – and then reversed, consistent with our two special reports on Silver sent out to subscribers the last two weeks. Crude oil and treasuries also reversed from their recent selloff.




Politicians say they care about the national good, though usually define the term to mean their own re-election… Barack Obama after his first year in office would not stoop to do anything for growth. He signaled only hostility to business. He promoted only an agenda of increase taxes, regulation, and redistribution. Donald Trump has rung up no major accomplishments and yet the return of optimism to investors, business, and consumers is palpable.” – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., “France is Ripe for Rebirth,” Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2017.


This week, May 19, will mark the second of three passes of the 45-year cyclical Saturn/Uranus trine signature (December 2016-November 2017). This is the fifth time in the history of U.S. stock indices that this aspect has occurred, and as described in the Forecast 2017 Book, in every case, a long-term cycle peak unfolded in its stock market. The last time it happened was July 1972-May 1973 The DJIA made a new all-time high in January 1973, right after Republican Richard Nixon won the election. Shortly after he began this, his second term in office, his Watergate troubles began, which led to mounting calls for his impeachment, which he avoided by deciding to become the first president in history to resign from office. Following the all-time high near the middle of this three-passage transit, the DJIA began its steepest two-year decline since the Great Recession. By December 1974, the DJIA has lost 46.6$% of its value, falling to 570, off its high of 1974, to compete its 36-year cycle trough.


Are the political dynamics of today like that of 1973-1974? Many say this is nothing like Nixon’s Watergate days. But as a Financial Astrologer, I am not so sure. The Saturn/Uranus waning trine is indeed a cosmic similarity that we cannot ignore. The calls for Trump’s impeachment grow every day, albeit so far only by the opposition. But then again, the opposition party called for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama too. The difference this time is the Saturn/Uranus trine, corresponding to a new all-time high in the stock market, but along with a growing discontent with the leadership in power. This time is more similar to the conditions of 1973-1974 when an impeachment possibility was very real. All it would take to make it uncannily similar is for members of the Republican party to also start to call for impeachment, as was the case in the Nixon period.


The bottom line is that the greatest risk to the US stock market (and hence all world equity markets) right now is the political risk. And, as explained in the first section of this week’s column, I think we will know if that risk is real or not in the next 100 days, based on the transit of Mars to President Trump’s natal chart this month, and the Solar Eclipse conjunct Mars of August 21 +/- one month.


And finally, for those who are watching, Bitcoin soared to new all-time highs. It is well above the price of Gold now, having reached $1800 last week. There may be a message here for currencies and the art of financial market manipulation.

MMA Current Announcements

ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS TO SIGN UP! We will host our MMA Mid-Year 2017 Financial Markets Webinar on Saturday, June 3, at 3:00 PM, EDT. Participation to the live event will be limited, to 100 people, as always. This will be the second of three webinars we will host this year. The subject of this webinar will be an update on the outlook for the stock market, precious metals, US Dollar, crude oil, soybeans and possibly other markets and other economic and geopolitical matters of interest at this time, including the forthcoming solar eclipse, conjunct Mars on August 21, that will fall on Donald Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant (and opposite Janet Yellen’s natal Moon). The cost is $45.00. All webinars have sold out in the past, so SIGN UP NOW to make sure you have a place reserved in this special live webinar event. For further information go to or call 1-248-626-3034, 1-800-662-3349, or email


The monthly edition of the MMA International Cycles Report (ICR) will be released this week to all of its subscribers. Each issue of ICR contains an in-depth analysis of: the XAU index (Gold and Silver Mining stocks), the U.S. Dollar (DXY), British Pound (GBP), Australian Dollar (AUD), the Australian stock index (ASX), the London FTSE stock index, the Russell 2000 U.S. stock index (RUT), Corn (C) and Wheat (W). The analysis of these markets is written by three of the top graduates of the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), and yours truly, Ray Merriman, on the Australian stock and currency markets. The report of last month was exceptional, Mark Shtayerman forecasted the price target for a primary bottom in the XAU Gold and Silver Mining Index at 80.58,+/-5.11, and one of his targeted reversal dates was May 3. The XAU bottomed at 77.46 on May 4, creating a case of intermarket bullish divergence to Gold, which bottomed the following week on May 9. These reports are excellent. If you do not subscribe to this report and would like to, please go to, and select SERVICES or SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES and look up the MMTA International Cycles report.


The monthly edition of the MMA Cycles Report was issued last week to all subscribers of that report. This month’s report featured a special update on Gold. If you did not receive it, let us know at once. In addition to Gold and Silver, the monthly MMA Cycles Report also covers the outlook for U.S. stocks (DJIA and S&P futures), Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report also came out last week, and covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The MMA European Cycles Report was also released, covering the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX. If you are not a subscriber to the MMA Cycles Report, interested in metals, and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets – which will also include the two recent special reports issued on Silver – consider taking out subscription NOW. This is an excellent way to get the MMA overview on financial markets! For further information on these reports, go to


Also, the writing of the third edition of The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 1: Cycles and Patterns in the Indexes is well underway now. This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the cycles of the stock market (DJIA, S&P and Nikkei), with analysis going back to the British stock markets of the 17th century. A lot has happened since this book was first written in 1997, twenty years ago, including the long-term cycle low of March 2009 in the recent “Great Recession.” All longer-term cycles have been updated, as well as intermediate and shorter-term cycles and their phases. This is a must-have book if you are a serious investor, trader, or student of cycles, which is one of the most important tools used in market timing. There is nothing else like this book available today. The expected release date is this July-August, and we are now offering a pre-publication special rate of $95.00 (plus postage) to those who pre-order it before June 30. After that, the cost will be $125. For more information, please visit the MMA website at For a direct link to pre-order the new version of this book, go to and check it out. You can also pre-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).


MMA’S weekly and daily subscription reports have been very hot this year in almost every market - especially stock indices. 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. There is nothing else available like these reports for traders. 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, and Crude Oil, and now, the British Pound! The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in the Euro Currency, Japanese Yen, 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 and shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report. For further information, or to subscribe, go to or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034, for more information.




June 3, 2017: DON’T MISS IT! The MMA Mid-Year 2017 Financial Markets Webinar! The subject of this webinar will be an update on “The Great Reset of 2017-2020,” where it stands now and what to expect this year. We will also update our most current analysis on the stock market, precious metals, US Dollar, crude oil, soybeans and possibly other markets and other economic and geopolitical matters of interest at this time, including the forthcoming solar eclipse, conjunct Mars on August 21, that will fall on Donald Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant (and opposite Janet Yellen’s natal Moon). The cost is $45.00. All webinars have sold out in the past, so register early to make sure you have a place reserved in this special live webinar event. For information, visit or call 1-248-626-3034 or email


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 cycles’ 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 the 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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