Money and markets

CEO personal lives and stock prices

I’ve said many times that there are too many variables in the financial world to be able to accurately use astrology to predict the rise and fall of stock prices, and now a Danish study reports on links between major events in the lives of CEOs and the stock prices of their companies. The , reporting on the article, writes:

The study is part of an emerging — and controversial — area of financial research that delves into the lives and personalities of executives in search of links to stock prices and corporate performance. The trend is an outgrowth of the tendency to lionize CEOs as critical to the businesses they lead. If their performance is so vital, the researchers say, investors should want to know anything that could affect it.

“When you go to the track, you study the horse,” says David Yermack, a New York University finance professor. “Investing is not that different. You want to know as much as you can about the jockey.”

This is particularly interesting to astrologers, because this is where we have the edge. If we see a Pluto transit coming up for a CEO, it might not be the best time to invest in that company. Or perhaps we should look for poorly aspected Jupiter in the chart:

A study he co-wrote looked at executives’ home purchases. It found that on average, the stocks of companies run by leaders who buy or build megamansions sharply underperform the market. The researchers don’t claim to know why. They theorize that some of these executives might be focused more on enjoying their wealth and less on working hard.

This may be an interesting topic for a future research project! Stay tuned…

By | 2007-09-08T17:46:00+00:00 September 8th, 2007|Money and markets|Comments Off on CEO personal lives and stock prices

Venus Retrograde and the stock market

Venus turned retrograde on July 23, a planetary signature often associated with reversals in values and financial direction (since Venus is a ruler of Taurus, ruler of personal wealth). The US Federal Reserve made a surprise announcement on Friday that it was dropping the rate ir charges financial institutions a full half point, to 5.75%, just a week after the committee announced there was no need to do so.

The next week should be interesting as Venus retrogrades back towards an opposition with Neptune and Mars faces off with Jupiter on the 23rd. There are threats to consumer confidence (Mars/Jupiter) and an eroding sense of safety (Venus/Neptune).

Much of what has driven the stock market to great heights is the cash coming out of home equity to invest in stocks that was driven by low interest rates for homequity loans. The same loan that cost as little as 5% is now nearing the 10% mark, and at the same time equity in many housing markets is falling along with home prices.

Those who are astrologically savvy will extract themselves from irrationally optimistic investments before the rush, which is likely to begin in early September with Saturn’s entry into Virgo and will continue into the fall as Jupiter and Pluto travel the last few degrees of Sagittarius.

By | 2007-08-21T09:53:00+00:00 August 21st, 2007|Money and markets|Comments Off on Venus Retrograde and the stock market

Fears of Global Liquidity

One interesting byproduct of Pluto in Sagittarius has been the globalization (Sagittarius) of our shared money systems (Pluto) such as the stock market and banking in general. Financial markets all over the world are linked, and a in the financial markets and banks are creating an element of fear in the global financial world. Still, many voices out there are determinedly optimistic, citing the strong and growing economies virtually everywhere in the world.

The relentless rise of the stock market of the Jupiter/Pluto passage through Sagittarius is hitting some rocky bumps. Ignoring the reality of market fundamentals, the optimistic rise of the stock markets have continued unabated over the past few years despite the gloomy predictions of astrologers during the Saturn/Jupiter squares of last year and recent eclipses. With Saturn on my Sun I am not much of a gambler, and last week when the US stock market fell over 100 points I sold about half of my stock portfolio, only to regret it when those stocks rallied and climbed ever higher.

As an astrologer, though, I see this ever-increasing stock market as symbolic of the overreaction of Jupiter and Sagittarius to which reality at some point must come to the party. For one thing, China is gobbling up all of the US debt it can swallow (some sources say China owns $900 billion in US bonds which is 44% of the entire US debt, much of which is caused by the war). China is now for political advantage in response to US threats of trade tariffs.

Once again we see how the determined optimistic expansion of Pluto in Sagittarius is setting the stage for problems when Pluto enters Capricorn and begins to break […]

By | 2007-08-10T10:46:00+00:00 August 10th, 2007|Money and markets|Comments Off on Fears of Global Liquidity

The Accuracy of Financial Astrology

I received an email the other day from someone asking for the five most accurate financial astrologers which I found interesting. There are several well-known financial astrologers including Henry Weingarten who runs the “,” and Ray Merriman who is well-known in astrological circles as a master of market timing. Still, I was unable to find any histories of accuracy, although certainly claims of such accuracy are made.

The fact is, when dealing with predictions on financial cycles there are way too many variables to be able to predict accurately:

  1. The astrological cycles (transits and progressions) that the financial astrologer him/herself is experiencing.
  2. The cycles of the individual investor.
  3. The cycles of the individual companies being traded.
  4. The cycles of CEOs and other company leaders that instigate various behaviors that affect stock performance.

The only trends that are readily visible to the astrologer are the overall planetary cycles such as the kind that we examine in this column and others. Saturn influences tend to create depressions and Jupiter influences tend to provide expansion. Eclipses generally portend changes in the market, as do Uranus influences.

As I’ve written before here, and here, and here, and here, the stock market over the past year has defied all astrological predictions. Eclipse cycles, square of Saturn (disappointment) to Jupiter (optimism), and the square of Jupiter (expansion) to Uranus (sudden change) have all led astrologers to predict abrupt downturns in the markets beginning last summer. None of us counted on the power of the relentless optimism of Pluto and Jupiter traveling through Sagittarius that has kept the markets buoyant despite challenging technicals.

This doesn’t lessen the importance of astrology, but it does demonstrate the difficulty in making accurate financial predictions using these cycles.

By | 2018-06-11T12:40:18+00:00 June 19th, 2007|Money and markets|Comments Off on The Accuracy of Financial Astrology

Reality jostles the stock market

Raymond Merriman is a well-known financial astrologer (not, by the way, the gentleman in this photo)

In the meantime, it is encouraging (and reassuring to those of us who study Financial Astrology) to see geocosmic signatures once again correlating with sharp reversals in equity markets. I realize it may be unsettling for those who own stocks, and I do not mean to imply that sharply falling stock prices is a “good thing.” . . . It seemed that almost every geocosmic reversal signature failed to stop this “blow off” in equities since that time, with the exception of February 26-March 5.

Merriman asks whether perhaps Pluto, p.o.ed at his demotion, caused the planets to start working. I instead have correlated this refusal of the markets to listen to planetary doomsayers with the relentless optimism of Pluto in Sagittarius which has now been joined by Jupiter in Sag. For months stocks have risen as the result of investors’ optimism that was unsupported by facts, and last week they fell as the result of pessimism due to a potential rise in interest rates. Still, by Friday the markets had recovered

After Mercury turns retrograde next week and Uranus changes direction on the 23rd there will be five planets retrograde plus Chiron. This is a fairly heavy retrograde period (although not as intense as last summer’s in which we had a whopping seven planets including Chiron in retrograde motion). I would expect some fallback in the markets during this period, particularly in light of the final faceoff between Saturn and Neptune in which our illusions (Neptune) are likely to be punctured by Saturn’s reality check.

Summer is never the best time for the stock market and this might be a good time to sell off […]

By | 2007-06-10T22:31:00+00:00 June 10th, 2007|Mercury retrograde, Money and markets|Comments Off on Reality jostles the stock market

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