Friday, January 20, 2012

Market pullback potential can be minor or big: Raymond Merriman's comments for 1/23/12 week

We don't always get what we expect, so it's good to remain open and objective (and flexible). Now that 2012's first opex is in, we turn to Raymond Merriman's comments about the likely scope of an upcoming market pullback (thanks again, Ray!). These discussions of stocks, bonds, currencies, precious metals, crude oil, and other financial and economic matters are in addition to his analyses of other countries' markets, economy, and the social and political climate. Ray also provides detailed paid subscription services (daily, weekly and monthly) for the various markets, at his website always at the right side of the page. 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 23, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

Once again this week's column is written and posted well before U.S. markets close on Friday, January 20, due to the fact that I am in Amsterdam now and will give a seminar here on Saturday. The markets won't close until 11:15 PM tonight, CET. Additionally this week's report will be brief due to the current schedule.

Last week saw the continuation of stock markets rallying to new cycle highs in several indices as of Thursday, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the NASDAQ Composite, Brazil's Bovespa index, the AEX of Amsterdam, and SMI of Zurich. The German DAX, London FTSE, Russia's MICEX, and Hang Seng of Hong Kong are very close to doing so. However, prices are still well below their October highs in Japan's Nikkei, Australia's All Ordinaries, China's Shanghai and Argentina's Merval indices. In the case of the DJIA, it is approaching the 12,700 mark, not far from the May 2, 2011 high of 12,876. We will want to watch closely if that is exceeded while other indices remain below their yearly highs of 2011.

The precious metals continued soaring to new cycle highs as well last week. As of Thursday, January 19, Gold was up to 1670 and Silver closing in on 3100 ($31.00/ounce). Given that both the Moon and heliocentric Mercury were in Sagittarius Thursday and Friday (January 19-20), we advised our subscribers to now take some profits if position trading, and cover all longs if aggressive short-term trading. Once again, this was an exception trade, given that three weeks ago subscribers were advised in our special alert to buy Gold below 1530 and Silver below 2660. For those who trade the COMEX, you know that this $140+ gain in Gold represents a profit of $14,000/contract and the 430+ point gain in Silver as of this trade represents a profit of $21,500/ contract. It is a good way to start the year. Our long position in the Euro currency from near the recent low is also working out quite well. And it remains to be seen if new short positions in stock indices will be elected shortly.

Short-Term Geocosmics

This should be another interesting week. The Sun is changing signs, from Capricorn to Aquarius on Friday, January 20. As it does this, it enters a T-square formation with the Jupiter-Saturn opposition (January 19-22). On Monday there is a new moon in Aquarius. Any planet changing its sign is a signal of a turn in investor psychology and attention. And a market that is rising into a new moon is vulnerable to reversing, especially if that new moon is in an air sign. Aquarius is an air sign. Let's see if it happens that a crest is indeed forming now. We have our orders in to enter on the short side if the set up is elected.

But that is not all. Mars is making its 25-month retrograde motion (in Virgo) on January 23-24. It will remain retrograde through April 14. This too can coincide with a sudden change in outlook by the investment community.

Will these reversal signatures lead to a new 2-year bear market? Or are they indicative only of a modest corrective decline before another push to new cycle highs, and possibly new yearly highs? We know that transiting Jupiter is nearing the end of its second passage through 0-7° of Taurus, when the stock market historical makes highs. It was there (within 7° of 0 Taurus) on last year's highs of May 2 and July 21. The market fell 19% afterwards in the DJIA and well over 30% in the German DAX. The implication is that this type of decline will happen again once the crest of this current primary cycle tops out. Jupiter remains in this sector through March 7, so it could happen anytime in the next 7 weeks.

Longer-Term Thoughts….

… will resume next week. In the meantime, I would like to announce that our Forecast 2012 webcast has now been rescheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2012, starting at 1:00 PM EST (see announcement below). It was originally scheduled for December 18, 2011, but had to be cancelled due to my vision impediment that started on November 29. I couldn't see well enough to prepare for this presentation. But now my sight is starting to improve, and I am also adjusting to my new world, thanks to many of the helpful suggestions that have come from readers of this column. I do many of the eye exercises that were suggested, take Ruta Graveolens homeopathic remedy, acupuncture treatments, and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, and of course specific nutritional supplements for the eyes, like Lutein. I know it sounds like a lot, but they have all helped. I share this because I now know many of you also suffer from eye problems in this digital age. Another thing suggest by one reader who specializes in eyes, is to look up from the computer every three minutes. So, as many readers have helped me, I hope these ideas will help those of you who are going through something similar.

As far as the greater picture of Uranus and Pluto squaring one another in early cardinal signs, and those of you who have planets located there in your natal chart…. I will continue to offer my best guidance to you through this column. That probably includes most of you. This is a powerful three-year transformative period for the world and for most individuals.

For the world, it relates to the world-wide debt explosion and its consequences. It relates socially to our urge for freedom - especially economic freedom, but also social freedom from repression, isolation or loneliness. These are issues we are experiencing this year and through 2015. These are the issues that each of us as individuals, and the world politically, will be confronted with, and for which solutions need to be put into place that will require 5-8 years of acceptance, sacrifice, and adjustments as we birth a new world order.

These are important times we live in, and our actions will determine both the nature of our current experience and the solidity of the foundation to be built for the future. I believe this is just a pause in our renaissance that started in 1940, took off in leaps in the mid-1960s, and went into hyper speed during the Capricorn Climax of 1988-1993. Our renaissance will resume once we solve these issues, which I think will be sometime between 2017 and 2021.

An important key to this healing, transformation, and/or deconstruction, will be those born in the 1960's, when Uranus started this cycle with its 112-142 conjunction to Pluto. This is their time to express their power, and the intent behind it. We are now approaching the first quarter phase, the "Time of Reckoning," to be reinforced by Saturn's entrance into Scorpio later this year, which will also last into 2015. The more aware we are of this cycle and its principles, the more likely we will be able to navigate our life through these turbulent waters, and help others to do the same, thereby protecting the well-being of this planet and the integrity of those who inhabit it.


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

The "Forecast 2012" webcast has been rescheduled now for Sunday, February 19, starting at 1:00 PM EST (that's 6:00 PM GMT or 10:00 AM PST). Via the modern technology of our webinar host, you can log onto this presentation on current markets (both long-term and short-term outlooks) and the political-psychological climate for 2012, in the comfort of your home or office. All you need is a computer with speakers. You can hear the speech and see the live presentation and slide show, complete with the charts as they are being discussed, on your computer screen. The cost for this special event is $45.00. If you are interested in being part of this unique live webcast, just register at the MMA Website ( and scroll down the opening screen for the announcement. Or drop us an email ( or fax (248-538-5296), or call us at 1-248-626-3034. Instructions to log into this event will be sent upon making reservations. Reserve early (before February 17), for space will be limited.

I am about to begin the update to "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing Volume 2: Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles." I expect it to be ready mid-year. We are going to offer a pub-publication special price for those who order it before May 1. The retail price of this expanded and update book will be $125, but the prepublication special will be $75.00 (plus postage). For more information, please go to, and scroll down the front page. You will see it.

Many of you have asked about the Amazon.Com Kindle version of Forecast 2012. It is now out, so if you would like it in that format, check our listings on Kindle ( It is there now and available for purchase at $39.99 through It does not include the ephemeris or calendar that is in the back of the printed hard copy edition.

Copies of the printed version of Forecast 2012 are still available. There will be no additional printings, so when they are gone, they are gone. This year's book is 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 iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPad. The cost is $39.99. It does not contain the advertisements or the planetary calendar and ephemeris in the back. 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). Or, go to

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

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"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.

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

February 19, 2012: "Forecast 2012 Worldwide Webcast!!!" This is our annual speech to viewers the world over. It will be the latest update on Raymond Merriman's annual Forecast Book. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, this speech will focus on the current state of the economy, political situation in Washington, DC, and in particular, the financial markets, including: the U.S. stock market, interest rates, the U.S. Dollar, Gold, and Silver. This will be a telecast of the live presentation taking place at the Michigan Education Conference Center in Troy, Michigan on Square Lake Road. The webcast and speech will start at 1:00 PM, EST and last two hours. Cost to participate in the webcast, or to attend in person in Troy, is $45.00. Go to,-2012!!!/ for more information.

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 at 852-2529 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 with Raymond Merriman. For further information on this fantastic gathering, contact +381-11-267-31-92 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 to 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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