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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 11, 2016 ©

 

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            The U.S. economy closed out 2015 with a huge round of job creation. Nonfarm payrolls grew 292,000 during December, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday that showed employment momentum as the year wound down. The unemployment rate was 5.0 percent… The one disappointment from the report came in wages, which actually fell slightly.” -Jeff Cox, www.CNBC.com, January 8, 2016.

            “Yet there is a Silver lining. On January 7, during this same period, Jupiter turns retrograde… Given...

MMA FREE WEEKLY COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 4, 2016 ©   REVIEW AND PREVIEW               “All aspects are about integration. With the so-called bad aspects, that integrative process is simply more difficult. They are hard, not “bad.” – Steven Forrest, astrologer, The Mountain Astrologer, December/January 2016 issue.                     Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous 2016. We would also like to thank those readers of the Forecast 2016 Book who have written to express their favorable reviews (see announcements below). Thank you!             Here at MMA, we...

 

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 21, 2015 ©

 

Please note that there will be no column next week in celebration of the holidays. That is, I am celebrating by taking the week off along with everyone else. Enjoy the season, the Forecast 2016 Book (if you ordered it), and we will be back for the week of January 4.

 

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“The Federal Reserve has to raise interest rates Wednesday for the first time in 9½ years because policymakers have painted themselves into a corner by not moving at the September meeting, said Jack Welch, management expert and former General Electric chief.”...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 14, 2015 ©

 

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            World equity markets got slammed during last week’s translation of Mars to Uranus and Pluto, forming a potent cardinal T-square. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, was down triple digits three of the days last week. Friday’s close was down over 300 points, and is testing its low of November 16. In typical Uranus fashion, this move down came very suddenly, after the prior week’s close looked bullish when the index was up over 300 points.

            However, there is a twist this time to the...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 7, 2015 ©

 

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            World equity markets were very volatile last week. The ECB did not bring down their negative interest rate enough for investors on Thursday. They went from -0.2 to -0.3%, and  not the -0.4% investors were expecting, causing stock prices to fall hard, and the Euro currency to soar to its greatest one-day gain in 7 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example, fell a whopping 252 points that day. The Euro currency exploded from an 8-month low of 1.0538 to a high that day of 1.0980.  The U.S. Dollar and Treasuries...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 30, 2015 ©

 

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            Due to Monday’s printing deadline for the Forecast 2016 Book, this week’s column will be brief. It will include the introduction to next year’s Forecasts.

            In financial markets last week, the biggest news was the continued strength of the U.S. Dollar, which is also highlighted in the Forecast 2016 Book. The Dollar rallied to 100.20 on Friday, November 27, where it is re-testing the yearly high of 100.39 made on March 13 as the seventh and final Uranus/Pluto waxing square was unfolding. That was its highest...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 23, 2015 ©

 

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            The first correction in almost two months has ended. Stock indices continued their 2-week plunge into Monday, November 16, and then reversed right back up by the end of last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example, fell from a high of 17,977 on November 3, to a low of 17,210 on Monday, November 16. By Friday, they traded as high as 17,914 intraday. This is typical of market behavior after a long-term low has formed, and the low of August 24 at 15,370 still looks very much like a 4-year cycle trough.

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            As I am about to send this out, a terrorist attack in Paris is just being announced. Tragic and ironic, after just completing the longer-term thoughts contained at the end of this week’s column.

            The first correction in almost two months has begun. With the exception of China and Argentina, world stock indices were down last week, some rather sharply, such as in the United States. The concern about the Fed hiking its interest rates in December started to weigh heavily on investors last week, following the...