Friday, December 30, 2011

Gold bell rings out the old, welcomes New Year 2012: Raymond Merriman's preview to 1/3/12 week

The new year 2012 will surprise many - but don't let it disappoint you. Be prepared with the best insights, analysis and forecasts! We start our weekend as usual with Raymond Merriman and really appreciate his heads' up that gold and silver may be accelerating a cycle trough buying opportunity (use Thursday's low as a possible stop for this). Maybe it's an omen that 2012 will bring other, ah .... surprises, after the long weekend when markets re-open January 3. So we'll stay tuned for his previews each weekend (thanks again, Ray!). These comments are in addition to his more detailed subscription services mentioned in his announcements section and at his website. He also analyzes other countries' markets, economy, the political climate, bonds, currencies and commodities. He also offers detailed paid subscription services (daily, weekly and monthly available, at his website always at the right side of the page here). Here are Ray's comments for the upcoming week, from his site at Merriman Market Analyst - MMA Cycles Weekly Preview Comments:

MMA Comments for the Week Beginning January 3, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

This will be a brief weekly column, as will next week's too, due to the holiday season and the fact that I will take time off to work on my eyes.

Review and Preview

Happy New Year! And best wishes for a successful 2012! I believe this will be a very important year for the world economy, financial markets, and the leadership of many nations in this world, as it starts the very powerful Uranus-Pluto Waxing square,2012-2015. Soooo… very little will go as expected. Lots of surprises.

I like the way that Wall Street Journal columnist David Wessel expressed it this week in an article titled "An Economics Columnist Peers Into the Future." He describes what the consensus is about the economy next year and what could make it turn out even better. Then, he concludes (totally in the spirit of Uranus-Pluto): "Odds are the consensus forecast for 2012 is wrong. It almost always is. An economic columnist's heart wants to believe the economy will do better; his head tells him it's likely to be worse." Man, I couldn't say it better myself – which I why I quoted him.

One very interesting development of this past week was the sell-off to new multi-month lows in Gold and Silver. It fell right into our time band for a potentially exceptional buying opportunity. A special "buy" alert was sent out on the evening of December 28 to all subscribers, following Gold's touch of 1550 that day. The formal buy recommendation on Gold and Silver then went out in a special report at 10:00 AM Thursday morning, via email, as Gold traded around 1529-1531 and Silver around 2650. If you are a subscriber and did not receive this special report sent out on December 29, let us know at once. If you would like a copy of this special situation report, please consider subscribing to any MMA subscription report and we will get this emailed out to you immediately.

I am still resting my eyes, prior to my lecture tour in Zurich and Amsterdam that starts next week. Thus this week's column will be short. I am looking forward to seeing many of you (literally) next week in Zurich. Of course with my new vision challenge, I will see two of each of you! But you will get a chance to see my new pirate look, with the patch over my left eye (don't worry, with Venus in Scorpio, it looks sexy – I look sexy).

I am also pleased to announce that following the workshop on the 2012 markets in Zurich next Saturday, January 7, AstroData and MMA-Europe will host a special meeting with all subscribers of MMA reports who are present. I will go over portfolio balancing ideas that I believe will benefit most from the projected implications indicated by both cycle and geocosmic studies for 2012. It will be an open discussion, the kind that I most enjoy having with MMA subscribers. I mean, they are an eclectic and brilliant group of people, and it makes me wonder how the hell I attract such a fascinating group of bankers, psychologists, astrologers, government intelligence operatives, market technicians, and …. the list goes on. This special meeting is free of charge to subscribers, and will take place 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the Hotel Senator (Heinrichstrasse 254, 8005 Zurich), right after the workshop that occurs from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, which will discuss the outlook for stock indices, precious metals, and currencies for the year.

Letters – we get letters. Here are two received right after Thursday's special report…

"Hi Ray,

Thanks for you special update (on Gold and Silver this week). This is most appreciated and typifies your approach of going beyond what is expected in the interest of clients.

I have been right through your new Vol 5 and it is sensational. Congrats on taking the time and care to provide such a detailed explanation of how Vol 1-4 link together in a comprehensive trading approach in conjunction with price analysis. Well done and thank you so much. This truly is a capstone to the previous 4 Vols. Thanks again and best wishes for a successful 2012"

Regards, Mark F. Sydney, Australia


Thanks so much for the report today. If you look at the 5-minute bar chart for SLV you sent your first Special Report in Word, and you would have bought, you would have made 4.5% today. I always say, "Timing is Everything" and you sure hit the bottom today at the low dip just after 11 AM EST today! Thanks for the heads up!! Blessings, health and prosperity for the New Year. "

H.H., Canada (well-known technical analyst)

Enjoy the New Year everyone! I will back soon.


Our new 2012 MMA Catalogue is now out!! You can download this catalogue directly at

The printed version of Forecast 2012 went out December 14-15. Domestic purchasers should have received it now. Overseas people may need to allow one more week. It's 200 pages – our largest ever – and packed full of information about the economy, USA Presidential election, social and economic trends, and of course, financial markets with their all-important three-star critical reversal dates (the one and two-star reversal dates are covered in the MMA Cycles Report, as well as weekly reports). The 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 Forecasts book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. For further information, please go to the front page of our web site at There you can also place your order for the Forecast 2012. Or call us at 1-248-626-3034. The E-Book version of the Forecast 2012 Book is now out as well in two different formats. The first is our own version, which contains both the text and the calendar-ephemeris for 2012. The cost for this is $55.00, or $35.00, depending on whether you also ordered the printed version too. The second is through Apple ITunes, which covers I Phone 4 and 5, and the I Pad. This format only costs $39.99, and is available in nine countries. It does not contain the advertisements or the planetary calendar and ephemeris in the back. If you have ordered the E-Book version of Forecast 2012 from us, and have not yet received it, let us know at once, at If you have already ordered the hard copy, you may then add the EBook version for $35.00. If you wish to order the "bundle" of both at $90.00 plus postage, please go to bottom of page at And then click "bundle" on the order form for an additional $35.00. The E-Book version of Forecast 2012 on the I Pad, or I Phone, is now up and ready to download as of Thursday, December 15. You can now order it if you have an email address registered via one of these 9 countries (USA, UK, Australia, France, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain). Just go to ITunes, and then "Library," then "Store," then in the field titled "Search," type in "Forecast 2012" or "Raymond Merriman" (without quotation marks).

If you wish to hear more about this year's Forecast 2012 Book, please visit our YouTube channel at There is a new video there highlighting three great market calls from last year's book, plus a preview of this year's book. It should be quite a year coming up!

The printed version of Forecast 2012 has also been translated into several different languages (including English) this year, and many of these publications are now out or will be this coming week. Dutch: at Italian: at, and German: at Japanese: at Russian: at Spanish: at Each of these will also offer the English version of Forecast 2012, as will our Chinese distributor at "After reading the annual Forecasts and subscribing to MMA Cycles for the past ten years, I can say that Ray Merriman's forecasts are uncannily accurate and indispensable for the preservation of wealth. Nothing else I've seen compares. It is without a doubt the best perspective on the big picture, not just bits and pieces of the picture." W.W., Investor and Teacher, Indiana 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 position trading and aggressive trading recommendations. 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), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, 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. For more information, go to, or 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. (He is up another $120,000 in the past month.) "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 5: Price Objectives and Technical Analysis" is now out! The comments and reviews are starting to come in, and we will post them here over the next few weeks. "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing series is truly a life's work of grand proportion. Raymond Merriman has built the foundation upon which Financial Astrology can securely rest. Volumes 1-4 were more than a foundation, they were an edifice, and Volume 5: Technical Analysis and Price Objectives, is the pinnacle. Coupled with the timing strategies of the first 4 volumes, these volumes provide a complete trading methodology, brilliantly and logically presented, that any person who makes the time and the effort to understand, may trade profitably." - Duke O'Neil, President, Capstone Capital Wealth Management, Boulder, Colorado. The retail price of this new book is $144.00. If you are interested in this unique and integrated methodology for analyzing and forecasting stock indices, you can save big bucks by ordering all five volumes, or choice of any four now at, or just go to and scroll down to the announcement. If ordering all five volumes, you will save $99.00! For more information on this book, go to YouTube at, describing this new book. It is "the missing link." You may want to check this video out, as it contains some interesting long-term tips. We also report that just recently we sold out of the last copy of Volume 2. It will be rewritten and all the studies therein will be updated next year. In the meantime, we still offer the other 4 volumes. And if you pre-order the updated Volume 2, the cost to do so at this time will be $75.00. Once we get closer to completion, the new price will become $125.00. You may be able to secure a copy of this now out-of-print book on, but I do not know what the price will be there. Usually it is 2-5 times higher than the retail price. There is always a premium on our out-of-print books. They are in great demand – and for a reason!


January 6-7, 2012: Zurich Switzerland. "Forecast 2012 Symposia" sponsored by AstroData. January 6 lecture on "Uranus Square Pluto: Consequences of the Debt Crisis for Financial Markets." January 7 workshop on "Financial Astrology and Perspectives for 2012: This workshop will discuss the projection of these studies onto today's financial, markets, including precious metals, equity markets, and currency prices – where are we in the cycle and where are we headed. For more information, go to or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or

January 21, 2012: Amsterdam, Netherlands. "Forecasts for 2012," 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, followed by a 60-minute private meeting with MMA Subscribers. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing and to take place at. Call 31-(0) 294-415-917 for further more information, or, or

March 1 and 3, 2012: Hong Kong. "Forecast 2012" on Thursday, March 1, and a full day intensive on "Financial Market Timing" on Saturday, March 3, with emphasis on Gold, Silver, Currencies, and Equity Markets for 2012. Organized by Earlthorn.Com at the Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Contact Teresa Wong at852-2529 1211 (phone), or by e-mail at A special 90-minute private meeting with MMA Subscribers will follow the workshop on March 3.

March 9-11, 2012: The 12th Annual Balkan International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia. Featuring a pre-seminar workshop on Financial Astrology with Raymond Merriman. For further information on this fantastic gathering, contact or email

April 19 and 21, Boulder, Colorado. "Forecast 2012" with Raymond Merriman, plus a workshop on "Financial Market Timing," focusing on equities and precious metals. Sponsored by ROMA. For more information and registration, contact Once again, a private meeting for MMA subscribers will follow the workshop.

May 24-29, 2012: UAC!!! The world's largest astrological conference. Taking place at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Go There will be an awesome Financial Track, featuring some of the top Financial Astrologers and researchers in the world. There will be private meeting for MMA on Friday or Sunday evening on the top floor of the Marriott.

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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