FINANCIAL FORECAST 2018

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NEWS BEFORE THE NEWS

2018  FINANCIAL FORECAST

Stock prices are a neat reflection of public sentiment.  In the rise of business there is exuberance, in the fall there is despair.  Public confidence, spending, and investment are high as the market goes up.  When the market turns down, pessimism, hoarding, and conservative business practices set in.

The stock market (and hence the economy in general) did exceptionally well in 2017 gaining 4,957 points for a 20% gain.  The market staggered in March and slide to a low in May before sky rocketing month after month breaking records all along the way to an all time high in December.

 Last Year’s Prediction

“Stocks are likely to correct in February before surging to record highs.  June and more likely September-October is a likely time for a more severe economic test.  Nevertheless, the market will show a positive gain for the year.”

The anticipated downturn near February started in March and reached a yearly low in May.  Stocks then surged in 2017 setting record highs again and again.  The June and October economic slowdown did not manifest although the prediction for September was correct.

THIS YEAR’S PREDICTION

The market will do exceptionally well in 2018, another record breaking year.  The Mars/Jupiter aspect in January presents a risk to growth early in the year but is not expected to impede overall market performance.

The Fibonacci number sequence since 1932 is nearing an end.  The numerical ratio is found throughout the natural world as a fundamental structural relationship in bee hives, leaves, snowflakes, etc.  The sequence also correlates with major economic downturns such as 1987, 2000, 2008, 2013 (false), and 2016.  2018-2020 constitute the last three consecutive years before the series repeats.  2018 and 2019 could, therefore, mark brief but significant corrections leading to a severe depression in 2019 or 2020.

The forecast ahead involves an analysis of seven key factors.

{} Sunspots indicate the highest bull markets and the lowest bear ones.  2008 was a year of sunspot minimum, so a lowest bear market was indicated – hence, the Great Recession.  December 2014 marks the last sunspot super high.  The NOAA projects the next sunspot low in 2019.  This will be the approximate time of the next sunspot super market low.

{-/+} The planetary aspects:  the cycles are split with two up and two pointing down.  The tie breaker is the Saturn/Uranus giving a slight edge toward a bull market in 2018.

{+/-} The Saturn-Uranus zodiacal aspect indicated a higher market in 2017.  This cycle is just starting to decline so positive market conditions should continue into 2018.  {} The Jupiter-Neptune cycle is primarily an inflation indicator but 4 out of the last 5 conjunctions led to a financial crisis.  The last conjunction took place in 2009 and correctly indicated the severe recession.  The next conjunction takes place in 2022.  {-} Jupiter-Uranus points down in 2018.  {+} Jupiter-Pluto points to a higher market.  {+} Jupiter-Saturn pushes the market moderately higher.  {-} The Saturn-Pluto cycle signals the beginning of a sudden drop in prices from record highs.

{} Saturn-Neptune is primarily a deflation cycle reflecting modest deflation starting in 2009.  Deflation will continue until a major deflationary period is reached in 2015-2016!  Note the lower oil prices in 2015-16.

{+} When there are an above average number of eclipses in one year (six or seven) the market tends to be disrupted.  Five eclipses grace 2018.

{+/-} This is the most important market indicator.  Major financial down turns have correlated remarkably well with Mars-Jupiter-Saturn aspects.  A brief history illustrates:  The three-planet cycle correctly indicated a correction near August and December 2007.  The next Mars-Jupiter-Saturn aspect was in January 2009, correctly predicting the Great Recession.  Mars-Jupiter-Saturn again formed an aspect with one another in August 2010.  The market did reach a yearly low (9686 DJIA) the week ending July 2.  March 2011 was the next alignment, which correlated with a severe market reversal in August dropping to 10,818, and briefly breaking this low the week ending September 23, before climbing right above 12,000 by the end of the year.  There was another Mars-Jupiter-Saturn aspect peaking in July 2013 but this produced null effects.  The next market downturn was expected near February 2017 triggered by Mars opposition Jupiter.  This was realized the week ending November 4, 2016 with a short but sharp downturn.

No Jupiter/Saturn aspects take place in 2018 so a major market downturn is not indicated.  Mars conjunction Jupiter occurs in January 2018 but without the support of a Jupiter/Saturn may only produce a mild correction, if at all.

{} Short-term:  Sun conjunction Mercury in Capricorn, especially if correlating with a conjunction or opposition involving the Sun, Mars, or Jupiter, indicates a sharp turn up in the market beginning 25 days before the Sun/Mercury conjunction.   There was a Sun/Mercury Capricorn conjunction 12/29/13 and a Sun opposition Jupiter 1/5/14.  This prediction was realized with the 2013 market close.

1/14/2016 was a Sun/Mercury conjunction but the market fell in November instead.

12/28/2016 Sun/Mercury conjunction correctly pegged the rapid rise in the market from a low the week ending November 2016 to end the year 13% higher at 19,763.

The next Sun/Mercury Capricorn conjunction is not until January 2020 and this correlates with a Sun/Jupiter conjunction!  Expect a super rise at this time.

{+} Dry weather is an indication of a bear market, wet weather points to a bull market

2007 was the third year of drier weather and the onset of the Great Recession.  2008 and 2009 were wetter than 2007 but, then, 2010 turned drier by an inch and 2011 still drier by two additional inches.  2012 continued the short dry trend and was the driest year since 1988!  The economy indeed struggled throughout 2012 although stocks regained much of their Great Recession loss.  2013 finally reversed the drop in precipitation (don’t try to tell that to Californians) with an average gain throughout the U.S. of 1.12 inches.  Drier conditions in 2014 stalled but did not stop the gradual market rally.

2015 was dramatically wetter than 2014.  2015 was the wettest year since 1983!  The stock market hit an all time high ending May 29, 2015 (19,019) in testimony to wet 2015.  2016 turned drier but precipitation was still above average.  The market surge above 20,000 for the first time in January 2017 is a sign of even higher prices ahead.

Higher prices did indeed unfold in 2017 – another above average wet year.  2018 is likely to be the last wet year in this cycle.  Based on the Jupiter/Neptune aspects, it should turn dry again in 2019.

{+}  Lastly, there are transiting planet cycles to the U.S. chart that have repeatedly correlated with recessions and panics.  The greatest economic downturns tend to be when sunspots are low, during dry weather trends, and when certain slow transits (21-year Uranus, 41-year Neptune, or 62-year Pluto) are formed to the U.S. natal chart.  Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto transiting one of the U.S. chart angles also indicates panic.

All of these conditions were met in 2008.  This was also a Saturn year (Diurnal Planet for a Year Direction) for the U.S.  There have been three previous crashes during Saturn years: the 1837 Cotton Crash, the 1873 Bank Collapse, and the 1990 Gulf War.  The next Saturn year, July 2017 – July 2018, has not correlated with a recession.

Prospects for 2018 look good.  Only transiting Uranus square Pluto in the U.S. Declaration of Independence chart indicates a possible recession.  This aspect, however, is the third phase.  The previous two in 2017 did not manifest in a down market so the last contact peaking April 1 is not likely to be financially relevant.

 

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