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Best Week Of The Year

We’ve just finished up the best week of the year so far for the stock market.

In fact, it was a roaring rally.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 4.41% for the week.

The Russell 2000 was up 1.95%.

The NASDAQ Composite added 3.88% compared to the week before.

And the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.71% to guarantee a prime spot in the financial headlines.

What Was Behind The Best Week?

The trading action provided a remarkable contrast to the downturn in May.

But exactly what was behind the best week of the year?

According to the mainstream financial media, a lot of the credit goes to the Federal Reserve.

Acting As Appropriate

Speaking in Chicago on Tuesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell discussed “recent developments involving trade negotiations and other matters.”

“We do not know how or when these issues will be resolved,” he said.

“We are closely monitoring the implications of these developments for the U.S. economic outlook and, as always, we will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near our symmetric 2 percent objective.”

That promise to “act as appropriate” created an instant market reaction.

An Accurate Forecast

But here’s the interesting thing about the best week of the year, the one that we’ve just completed.

We knew it was coming ahead of time.

And it really had nothing to do with Jerome Powell’s speech on Tuesday.

Although we didn’t specifically say it would be the best week of the year so far, we definitely saw this week’s stock market rally coming.

It was because we saw a Mars/Kronos conjunction just ahead.

We know that Transneptunians are powerful market movers.

Mars Kronos Best Week
The Mars/Kronos conjunction was a precursor to the best week of the year so far.

But when we made that forecast last Saturday, a rally certainly wasn’t a sure thing.

After all, when we did our special webinar last weekend on Transneptunian timing factors in the markets, the markets had just completed a month of surprising losses.

Nobody was looking for the best week of the year.

Confidence in a big price move was definitely lagging.

The Mars/Kronos Effect

But during that in-depth advanced training session we did a deep-dive into all the potential effects of the current Mars/Kronos conjunction.

That’s a relatively rare planetary alignment that often signals extreme events in politics, in social or public affairs, in international relations, and in business and the financial markets.

Last Saturday’s webinar was an extraordinarily powerful session.

One of the key take-aways was that even after the exact Mars/Kronos alignment, we can still expect to see its effects continuing to play out in geopolitics and market action for a number of weeks to come.

That’s exactly what’s been going on now.

But that wasn’t all we talked about in the webinar.

In-Depth Webinar Transneptunian Training

We also took a look at:

To find out more about the continuing impact of this powerful event, and about what we can expect in the coming weeks, be sure to check out the webinar recording.

You can get it at:

https://cleostbc.samcart.com/products/trouble-at-the-top—marskronos-trransneptunian-trading-training-video

Market’s Best Day Ever

Today was the market’s best day ever.

For the bulls, it was a welcome relief from the relentless sell-off that has brought the major market indices to the brink of bear territory.

By the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had boomed forward by 4.98%, adding a whopping 1086.25 to finish the trading day at 22,878.41.

The S&P 500 followed suite. It gained 116.60 to end the session at 2467.70. That was a gain of 4.96% for the day.

The Russell 2000 Index matched that 4.96% bounce. It added 62.89 points to close at 1329.81.

And the market’s best day treated the NASDAQ especially well. The tech-heavy index was up 361.44 points. That represented a gain of 5.84% and a closing price of 6554.55.

The Market’s Best Day Matched Our Forecast Perfectly

Some traders, weary of the ongoing price decline of the past couple of months, may have been surprised by the rebound.

We weren’t.

In our members-only conference call with Financial Cycles Weekly Gold-Plus Elite members on Sunday, December 16, we specifically flagged this date.

According to  our cycle studies and astrological analysis, we had determined that December 26 has a 75% likelihood of bringing a higher close in stock prices.

Almost a slam dunk.

(I have to admit that I hadn’t actually anticipated that today would be the market’s best day ever. But with that 75% probability I felt quite certain that we would be seeing a rebound in stocks.)

Sharing The Forecast With Larry

When Larry Pesavento interviewed me on Monday, December 24, we talked about today as well.

I had pointed out we had just come to the end of a rare double retrograde cycle. The Venus retrograde which helped trigger the market sell-off had been followed by Mercury retrograde.

That dynamic ended Monday with Mercury’s retrograde return.

Larry  said that it was remarkable to hear a bullish voice. But he also noted that the astrological charts I shared confirmed his own analysis.

You can see the entire interview replay HERE.

So there was much to celebrate today.

Not just the market’s best day ever – but a great confirmation for financial astrology, too!

A Vulcanus Offer You Can’t Refuse

Too many astro-traders forget about Vulcanus.

In fact, they don’t even think about it at all.

That’s true of all the transneptunian factors, of course.

And most of the time the snubs aren’t really meant to be insulting.

They’re just an act of ignorance.

Who Cares About Vulcanus?

After all, who’s paying attention to Vulcanus in the first place?

And what the heck does it have to do with the markets?

So who really cares?

For most astro-traders (and for most astrologers, too) transneptunian factors feel like they are entirely optional.

Take ’em or leave ’em.

Do as you choose.

But with Vulcanus it’s especially treacherous to look the other way.

It doesn’t like to be ignored.

It’s an authoritative planet. It’s associated with dynamic energy at the extreme.

It represents coercion by the highest authority, in the most emphatic way.

In short, Vulcanus is truly a power planet.

Moving Very Slowly

Except for Poseidon, it is the outermost of the transneptunians.

It has an orbital period of 663 years.

That means Vulcanus moves forward through the zodiac at the excruciating rate of just 32.5 minutes a year.

It’s currently in the final degree of the sign of Cancer. It’s been hanging around that zone for the past three years.

But prior to now, the last time Vulcanus visited that part of the zodiac was in 1353-1355.

That was more than 500 years before the American Civil War.

For that matter, it was before America itself. It was before Columbus or the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.

It was before Shakespeare. Geoffrey Chaucer was only ten years old.

In 1354 Giovanni Boccaccio had just published The Decameron.  The English were resuming the Hundred Years’ War after taking a brief break because of the decimation caused by the Black Death.

So it was a very long time ago.

Vulcanus Today

So why is Vulcanus important to us today?

To start with, it’s emblematic of over-the-top extremes of power and forcefulness.

That’s a theme currently on full display in domestic affairs, cultural discourse, and geopolitics. Power struggles are the order of the day,

In that sense, Vulcanus is Marlon Brando.

Not The Wild One Brando, or the Brando in On The Waterfront or A Streetcar Named Desire.

Brando Vulcanus Godfather
Marlon Brando expresses the epitome of Vulcanus energy in The Godfather.

It’s Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The Godfather.

The genteel one who talked about making “an offer you can’t refuse.”

Since Vito Corleone was a mafia don, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what that generous offer was really all about.

And so it is with Vulcanus.

Times of Special Emphasis

Let’s face it.

We all have to deal with Vulcanus every day.

It’s there in our natal horoscopes and our First-Trade charts. It’s in the horoscopes of countries, market indices, and NGOs.

But there are a couple of times each year when Vulcanus takes on extra strength.

Those are its planetary stations. The times when it goes retrograde, and the times when it returns to direct motion.

And while it typically exerts a lot of power in moving the markets, at stations it really throws its weight around.

With a Vulcanus direct station on April 13, that’s worth looking at.

Vulcanus Direct Dial
Vulcanus Direct Station – April 13, 2017

Its direct stations tend to be slightly bearish for the S&P 500. They bring lower prices about 46% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 59% of the time.

That’s also characteristic of the direct stations and the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong. They bring lower prices about 47% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 60% of the time.

For the Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, the direct stations tend to be fairly bullish. They signal price reversals to the upside about 41% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated low 70% of the time.

But no matter what market we’re trading, we need to watch this Vulcanus direct station.

After all, i’s making us an offer we can’t refuse.

Dow Target A Near Miss

Okay. We’ve just finished the first quarter of the trading year, and our Dow target wasn’t hit precisely.

But we came pretty darn close!

What Dow Target?

What does all this mean? What target am I talking about, anyway?

It all started with a request I got in late November from Timer Digest newsletter.

They regularly track market timers, including the trading signals that we publish in FinancialCyclesWeekly.

And, as I noted in a blog post a few months ago, they wanted an overall forecast for 2017.

Their request was for a specific Dow target for the end of March, for the end of June, and for the end of the year on December 31st..

So here’s what I came up with.

I was looking for a bullish quarter for stocks.

That certainly has proven to be the case.

But I was trying to figure this out in late November, remember.

At that time (November 28) the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 19097.90.

So I did some back-testing.

I looked at cycles of the true lunar node.

I assessed upcoming astrological events.

I took a particular look at upcoming solar eclipse patterns.

Not Just Trump

While many of colleagues and fellow forecasters focused on the election of Donald Trump, I didn’t give it much attention.

Trump's New York Battle
Donald Trump’s billionaire status translated into Wall Street enthusiasm after the election.

At that time, of course, a Trump Rally was already underway.

The Dow had already climbed nearly 5 percent since the presidential election. And it was a pretty good bet it would continue into the new year.

At least until after the presidential inauguration on January 20.

But again, I wasn’t giving that factor much attention as I calculated my Dow target.

I was looking at the astrology instead – that’s mainly what astro-traders do!

So What Exactly Was The Dow Target?

As I’ve reported here before, my target for the end of March, 2017 was 20605.00.

Dow Target March 2017
Our Dow Target for the end of March 2017 was very close to the actual closing price on March 31.

And, as I noted shortly after the forecast made it into print in Timer Digest, I found myself “wondering if perhaps I didn’t stick my neck out a little too far with this forecast.”

As it turned out, though, my Dow target was a little too conservative.

My projection was for 20606.00. The Dow finished up at the end of March at 20663.22.

My Dow target was off by 0.28%.

We’ll see how things turn out for the rest of the year.

Gann Gets The Equinox Right Again!

Gann got it right again.

As I’ve been reminding my students and our members here at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, W. D. Gann identified the equinox as a particularly sensitive time for the markets.

We talked about it at length during our March 1 webinar for our Gold-Plus Elite members – they’re the group of astro-traders who get regular guidance about current trading strategies.

We meet for regular forecast webinars, and share a weekly conference call to discuss the specific stock picks and market timing for optimum trading results.

Staying Tuned In To Gann

I’ve been making sure that this group has been tuned in to the important Gann date.

Gann Equinox
W. D. Gann and the Equinox Featured in FinancialCyclesWeekly

We also ran a cover story in the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter on March 12. It focuses specifically on W. D. Gann and the importance of the upcoming equinox.

“Keep your powder dry!” we advised our readers.

“Our back-testing of the past 34 years of market history shows this equinox typically triggering a short-term pull-back or consolidation in the S&P, followed by an aggressive rally,” we noted. “This year, however, we may see a sharper decline in stock prices just after the equinox.”

The Equinox Results

The equinox was yesterday, on March 20.

And, just as we expected, the selling pressure in the market started then – right on schedule.

The sell-off accelerated today, just in case there was any question about the validity of Gann’s approach.

How much did it sell off?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 237.85 points, off 1.14% for the day.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 29.45, for a decline today of 1.24%.

It was clearly a big enough drop to command attention. It also called the Trump Rally into question.

And with a Kronos station coming up later this week, there may be even more selling ahead.

Once again, we’re all reminded of just how important Gann and his innovative insights are for us in our astro-trading today!

By the way, if you haven’t gotten the Gann Plan Trading Success 101 training course, now is a great time to do so! It’s available for a limited time at a 40% discount. CLICK HERE for details.

Stock Market Crash Forecast From A Gold Bug

A big stock market crash is on the way.

In fact, according to a pro-gold research organization, it’s due right now!

It’s Time For The Stock Market Crash – All Three Major US Indices Have Broken Record Highs

That’s the compelling headline for a recent blog post at Palisade Research.

The post argues that the simultaneous record highs set by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index, and the NASDAQ Composite Index is a strong indicator that a major top is in.

And if a top is in, of course, a big stock market crash is on the way!

stock market crash because of record highs

Palisade Research illustrated the blog post with this dramatic chart. It not only shows the price lines for the Dow, the S&P, and the NASDAQ. It also shows the HUI Index, which is the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index. (Palisade Research has an unabashed bullish bias on precious metals.)

According to Palisade Research, “The last time the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), and NASDAQ closed simultaneously at record highs, each index tumbled for the next 2.5 years: -40.33%, 25.04%, and -75.04%, respectively.”

If History Really Repeats Itself, Just How Bad Will The Stock Market Crash Be?

The classic warning in the markets, of course, is that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

That’s true when we want to make optimistic assumptions about our trading prospects. It’s true when we seek to justify big positions on the basis of our back-testing and the big successes we may have experienced in the past.

But it’s also true of doom and gloom predictions, too!

Even so, Palisade Research doesn’t hesitate to extrapolate the likelihood of a major plunge based on what happened after the most recent stock market crash and its predecessor 14 years ago:

“In fact,” the blog post notes, “if the market were to correct in a similar way as we saw in 2002 and 2009, we can expect the S&P 500, DJIA, and NASDAQ to drop -64.65%, -60.72%, -75.80%, respectively.”

So will get a giant stock market crash in the weeks ahead?

Time will tell. It’s been almost 2 years since we mentioned a possible stock market crash.

But our analysis definitely shows the potential for consolidation, if not an outright correction.

And with the current eclipse cycle getting underway, this is definitely a time for stock market bulls to be extremely cautious!

Astro-Trading Track Record Surges

As the closing bell rang on Thursday, December 31, a challenging year in the markets came to an end.

It left many traders more than ready for a long holiday weekend, with a good excuse for applying generous doses of intoxicants to the New Year’s Eve task of putting the turmoil of he past twelve months behind them.

Buy-and-Hold Strategy Fails Again

After all, 2015 was certainly not a good year for buy-and-hold investors.

The Blue Chips in the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded flat for much of the year before beginning a sharp sell-off at the Venus/Uranus trine in mid-August.

Dow Industrial 2015
The Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2015

The Dow followed that up by rebounding nicely in October, and then treading water for the remainder of the year.

The index finished the year with a loss of 2.23%.

A Do-Nothing Year For The S&P

The S&P 500 followed a similar pattern.

S&P 500 in 2015
The Standard and Poors 500 Index in 2015

It finished up the year with a surge of almost 4 percent immediately after the Winter Solstice. Then some uncertainty and profit-taking in the last two trading sessions in December brought it back down to a net loss of 0.73% for the year.

The Biggest Yearly Losses Since 2008

It was by far the worst annual performance for the equities market as a whole since the big bull market got underway in March, 2009.

While the 2015 spikes in market volatility in August and December opened up some good opportunities for short-term trading profits, it was nevertheless an extremely challenging years for most traders.

Applauding The Astro-Trading Track Record

The notable exceptions, of course, were the savvy traders who profited from the astro-trading advantage.

This included our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

Although we suffered a couple of plateaus in the growth of our equity line for the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio, the year as a whole was quite rewarding as a demonstration of the power of market astrology.

astro-trading track record 2015
The Astro-Trading Track Record for 2015 reveals a return of more than 34%.

Our Gold-Plus Elite members who traded along with our week-to-week program of stock selection, market analysis, and astrologically-based trading strategies saw a net return for the year of 34.20%.

A Strong Astro-Trading Track Record For 14 Years

The astro-trading track record that we compiled in 2015 may certainly seem remarkable compared to the mediocre performance of the market as a whole.

Astro-Trading Track Record through 201
Annual performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index, and the Financial Cycles Weekly Model Portfolio, with its astro-trading track record of market out-performance.

But this year’s astro-trading track record was right in line with what we have come to expect after more than a decade of applying the principles of financial astrology to active trading in the stock market.

For the past 14 years our average annual ROI with this program has been 35.13%, compared to average annual gains of 5.32% for the Dow and 7.13% for the S&P 500.

While our past performance certainly can’t guarantee future results, it’s clear that this kind of consistent market out-performance is worth paying attention to.

In fact, if anybody makes negative comments about astrology in the markets, or questions the effectiveness of this approach as a trading methodology, just show them this review of the real astro-trading track record that we’ve put together, year after year after year!

October Surprises in the Stock Market

October surprises in the stock market usually mean bad news for the bulls.

At least that’s the popular notion about the month.

After all, October has a solid reputation for being associated with stock market disasters.

History In The Making

There was the October surprise of the historic stock market crash in 1929, of course.

And the back-to-back October massacres of 1978 and 1979, as well as the major crash in 1987.

They all took place in different Octobers, just like the market plunge on Friday the 13th in 1989, the staggering 554-point drop on October 24, 1997, and the acceleration of the last big market crash in 2008.

October Surprises That Aren’t Bad News

But not all Octobers wind up bringing bad news for the stock market.

In fact, some Octobers during the past 60 years have been extremely positive, at least as far as triggering positive trend reversals have been concerned. There have been a dozen times when stock prices were in a bearish sell-off, and the downtrend came to an end during the month of October.

A Trading High and a Solar Eclipse

The first example comes from 1946.

In that year, the Dow Industrial Average hit a trading high on May 29, which was the eve of a powerful solar eclipse. The decline that followed that eclipse pulled stock prices lower by more than 24% over the coming months, until the market found a bottom on October 10.

Three Months with the Bears in Charge

In 1957, Mercury was just entering the sign of Leo at the Full Moon in July when the market top took place. A decline of more than 19% followed, with the sell-off lasting until October 22.

A 14% Market Loss Ends in October

Three years later, a market top at the Full Moon on June 9, 1960 led into a decline of almost 14% before a trend reversal on October 25 defined a trading bottom, with Mercury stationary and about to go retrograde.

Ending the Plunge of 1962

Trading had just gotten underway for the year on January 3, 1962 when Saturn entered Aquarius and the market began a fierce decline. It plunged by more than 26% before a reversal at the Venus retrograde station on October 23 defined a double bottom in the market trend.

Trying in Vain to Break 1000

In January, 1966 the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to trade above the magic 1000 mark on an intra-day basis for two consecutive days, but failed to close at that level both times. Then on February 9 and 10, the Dow again traded above 1000, but also failed to maintain that price level at the close. Instead, the stock market went into an extended decline after its failed excursion – the index lost nearly 26% by the time it found a trading bottom on October 7.

October Ends a 21-Month Bear Market

Venus was just entering Capricorn on January 11, 1973 when the Dow topped off a 13-month rally and closed at 1051.70. That high was followed by a fierce bear market, with the index dropping by more than 44% over the next 21 months.

The bloodbath finally came to an end on October 4, 1974, when the Dow hit an intra-day low of 573.22 and prices began to move back upward. That October low was tested successfully in early December, and by January 1975 a clear rebound was underway.

The Harmonic Convergence Market Top

At the stock market’s opening bell on August 24, 1987, the much-publicized “Harmonic Convergence” was underway, with a cluster of the Sun, Mars, Venus, the Moon and Mercury all within an incredibly tight orb of less than four-and-a-half degrees. This alignment was forming a loose Grand Trine pattern with Jupiter and Neptune, creating an extraordinary planetary signature of peak speculation.

Harmonic Convergence Horoscope
The tight planetary configuration in alignment with Jupiter and Neptune brought the Harmonic Convergence trading top in August, 1987. That year the October Surprise was a record-breaking crash followed by a dramatic rebound.

Sure enough, on the following day the Dow surged up to close at the then-incredible level of 2722.42. But the celebration didn’t last long. The stock market began to lose ground, and in spite of trying to define a trading bottom in September, soon broke through support in early October. The culmination came on Monday, October 19, when the Dow gapped down at the open, went into free-fall, and lost 508 points by the closing bell.

This two-month bear market brought the Dow down by more than 36%, but once again October helped define the bottom and end the sell-off (even though it had also brought the historic crash). On October 20 the Dow closed up by more than 100 points, and a slow but steady recovery got underway.

Market Resistance at 3000

There was a Jupiter/Saturn opposition in play on Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, 1990 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average tried  valiantly to close above the 3000-point psychological barrier.

It closed both days at 2999.75.

That failed attempt at the peak of a tug-of-war between the planetary forces of expansion and contraction triggered a sell-off which lasted for just three months, but which brought the index down by almost 22%. A Mars/Jupiter sextile on October 11 added some positive energy to help trigger a trend reversal to the upside.

A Trading Top at a Jupiter Station

The market rallied strongly during the first half of 1998, but when Jupiter went retrograde on July 17 the action topped out with the Dow closing at 9337.97. That prompted a slid of more than 17% before the the market hit a bottom on October 8 and began its recovery.

Uranus, Terrorists and a Moving Average

After a pull-back into the Spring Equinox in 2001, the Dow had rebounded robustly into mid-May. On May 30, however, with a Uranus retrograde station in play, the index dropped below its 25-day moving average, triggering an extended price decline that brought the Dow down more than 16% by early September.

Then, with the September 11 destruction of the World Trade Center, the markets plunged even further, bringing the net loss to almost 29% since the high in May. It took some time for confidence to resume, but by October 10 the Dow was trading above its 25-day moving average once again, paving the way for an advance that was to last through the end of the year.

Another Top at the Spring Equinox

In 2002 the Dow Jones Industrial Average once again hit a high at the Spring Equinox, but trended lower after that. As I noted at the time in the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter, “The market rally that had been in play for the past month came to a screeching halt last week, with the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 virtually unchanged for the week as they barely managed to stay in positive territory and with the NASDAQ dropping by more than 3% for the week.”

The Doiw had dropped by nearly 33% when that year’s October Surprise kicked in to bring an end to the bear market on October 10, as Venus and Saturn made back-to-back retrograde stations.

A Mars/Jupiter Square in October

In 2011 an intense rally during the opening months of the year took the Dow to a new high of 12876.00 on May 2, on the eve of the New Moon. Five months later, the Dow was down more than 19% to hit a low of 10404.49 at the Hades station and Mars/Jupiter square on October 4. By early February, 2012, the Dow was trading well above the high it had set the previous May.

October Surprises – Good and Bad

The bottom line here is that October has often been a pivotal month. The October surprises come from the big market shifts that can occur, but those shifts can be either bullish or bearish.

As astro-traders, we can look for big opportunities in October. As we’ve often seen in studying the markets, big trend changes can sometimes accompany major planetary alignments. When those alignments take place in October, we need to pay very close attention!

 

 

Mercury Retrograde Replay Ahead?

I ran across some interesting historical information over the weekend.

I was researching the potential impact of the upcoming Mercury retrograde period on stock market activity.

Along the way, as is so often the case, I uncovered some other stuff as well.

Finding Stuff I Didn’t Expect

That’s one of the great pleasures of doing research. The cool stuff I find when I’m looking for something else.

At any rate, here’s the fact that I uncovered yesterday:

Mercury Retrograde Social Security
A Mercury Retrograde period had just ended when the first Social Security checks went into the mail in 1936.

On February 13, 1936, the U.S. Government starting mailing out the first-ever Social Security checks to benefit recipients in the new federal program. (At least it was part of a “New Deal” back in 1936!)

An Important Date in Mercury Retrograde History

February 13, 1936.

What’s so special about that date?

According to the Mercury retrograde research published in the Mercury, Money & The Markets book, it was an important date astrologically.

On February 13, 1936, Mercury made a direct station at 1º Aquarius.

We get three Mercury retrograde periods each year. But a direct station by that fast-moving planet at exactly 1º Aquarius is a surprisingly rare event.

It happened in 1936, on the day that Social Security checks first hit the mail.

It’s never happened since then.

At least not yet.

Next month, on February 11, 2015, Mercury will once again make a direct station at 1º Aquarius.

It’s the first time since 1936.

And before that, on January 21, 2015, we will be starting a Mercury retrograde period with a planetary station at 17º Aquarius.

That’s also a rare event.

The last time there was a Mercury retrograde station at 17º Aquarius was on January 24, 1936.

When I learned that, I did some back-testing.

I wanted to learn what happened to the stock market during the Mercury retrograde period in January and February in 1936.

The results were surprising.

Mercury Retrograde Gets A Bad Rap

I learned that Mercury retrograde doesn’t always deserve the bad rap it gets in pop astrology.

Things don’t always turn out horribly when we have a Mercury retrograde period.

Yes, our perception of the Mercury retrograde phenomenon is an illusion. It’s rooted in the ancient Ptolemaic model of a geocentric universe.

But that doesn’t mean we should ignore Mercury retrograde.

As Kristin Dombek noted last week in her thought-provoking article on “Retrograde Beliefs” in the New York Times Magazine, Mercury retrograde adds value to our human experience.

And, as the data in Mercury, Money & The Markets reveals, Mercury retrograde can also add value to the stock market.

Mercury Retrograde in 1936

So what about January and February? What about the Mercury retrograde period starting at 17º Aquarius?

In 1936, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained almost 7% during that Mercury retrograde cycle!

And that’s not all.

The market activity in January 1936 before the Mercury retrograde period began is also a match. It closely parallels the market activity we’ve seen so far this month, in January 2015.

There are even more 1936 and 2015 correspondences.  You’ll find them in the current issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter.

It’s worth reading if you’re currently trading in any market.

But even if you’re not in the markets now, pay attention to the Mercury retrograde period that’s starting on January 21.

You might be surprised to hear some good news during the following weeks.

And don’t forget February 11, when the Mercury retrograde period ends.

That date may or may not have anything to do with Social Security.

But good things could happen.

You may even learn then that a check for you is in the mail….

 

 

Cycle Trading Gets Big Results

Cycle trading really works.

During the past couple of weeks I’ve been studying our 2014 trading results for the Model Portfolio at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

It was a very impressive year.

Like any trading plan, our strategy included some losing trades as well as some winners.

But the average size of our winning trades was bigger than our losers.

As a result, the trading year was a very profitable one.

In fact, we outperformed the Dow Industrials.

We also beat the S&P 500 Index.

We have our specialized strategy of short-term cycle trading to thank for that!

In our case, of course, cycle trading includes planetary dynamics.

We gain a lot by adding the astro-trading advantage to a solid cycle trading approach.

It lets us refine our timing.

We can enter trades more precisely.

And we can exit them more profitably.

And this kind of performance we saw in 2014 wasn’t an anomaly.

Cycle Trading Model Portfolio Results
Combining astro-trading techniques with short-term cycle trading gets consistently profitable results.

We’ve been beating the averages year after year after year.

Cycle Trading Bragging Rights

To highlight our success, I just put together a quick video. It reviews what went on in the Model Portfolio during the past year.

This video is a chance to brag about our great cycle trading results, of course.

But it’s meant to do more than that.

I’ve been in this business a lot of years, but I think I’ve just understood something.

When it comes to cycle trading, most people just don’t get it.

They expect market cycles to pinpoint exact market actions. Then they get disappointed when the markets don’t move precisely as they expected.

They convince themselves that cycles don’t really work at all.

A Demonstration of Cycle Trading Results

I hope the video will help put that misconception to rest.

I want to clear up some of the confusion. That’s one of the reasons I made the video in the first place.

It’s also the reason I’m working on a new mini-course. It will be available soon.

The focus for the new mini-course will be on successful cycle trading.

If you’re new to cycle trading, it will help you get up to speed really, really fast.

And if you’re a cycle trading veteran, it will boost your skills for more profitable results.

What Do You Want To Know About Cycle Trading?

As we finish up the work on this new mini-course, I’d appreciate your suggestions.

I don’t want to leave out anything important as I push to give you information fast.

That’s where you come in.

If you’ve got about four minutes, please share your ideas about what you’d like to see in the course.

Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLYKZP7