Money and markets

Bank of Scotland: Market timing with the Moon

Thanks to astrologers Deb Houlding and Martin Davis for posting a link to this article on Facebook.

The Bank of Scotland has studied the performance of six different international stock indices over a period of several decades to determine a correlation between stock trading and the Moon.  The interesting thing about this article is that it seems to have no connection to any astrological group or individual.  Their premise is this:  “New moon traditionally symbolises the period of low energy, or energy accumulation period, whereas the time of full moon is the period of high energy or spending period.”

The first observation is that the daily change in an index is significantly higher on the new moon days than on average….However, there was no observation of a particular direction of the markets movement on the new or full moon.
It appears that the performance of moon-investing over ordinary investing is higher in rising markets, but it also “falls sharply in falling markets.”
The conclusion?
The proposed trading strategy can be summarised as follows: buy an index on the new moon (if this is a non-trading day, buy on the next trading day), hold till the full moon (usually 14-15 days), sell the index on the full moon (similarly, if non-trading day, sell on the next trading day), repeat the investment of the overall amount on the next moon cycle (usually in 14-16 days), enjoy your profits!
Remember, this is not to be considered any kind of trading advice – merely an interesting correlation to keep in mind.
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By | 2010-11-04T14:31:17+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Money and markets, Moon|Comments Off on Bank of Scotland: Market timing with the Moon

The Dow at a 2-year high: can it last?

Wall Street loves a good Republican victory, and yesterday the financial press said that the market was up in anticipation of the Republicans taking the House.  Today the story was that a market reached a new high after the Federal Reserve decided to buy up $600 billion in Treasury securities.

Deborah at Wall Street Weather called this last week in her “Trick or Treat edition” and explained why it won’t work:

Photo from Huffington Post

Halloween is all about all kinds of terrifying creatures, ghosts and zombies (the living dead) roaming around. And what’s truly “unbelievably terrifying” to quote GMO’s Jeremy Grantham’s “Night of the Living Fed” is that every voting member of the FOMC has become a zombie except .

The Fed acts like zombies because they continue to do the same thing over and over again.  mentor is “Chief Zombie”  who taught him that when one bubble bursts, another one needs to be conjured to create the “wealth effect.” In addition to promising near zero interest rates for an “extended period,” the Fed talks of the treats of QE2 and inflation targeting, so that all that debt (Scorpio/Pluto) left over from when the last bubble burst just over one Mars cycle (2 years) ago becomes cheaper to service.

The Fed wants investors to become zombies like them, under the illusion that reflating asset prices makes investors feel wealthier so they’re more likely to spend and employers are more likely to hire and grow their businesses. As PIMCO’s Bill Gross writes in his latest : “The Fed, on Wednesday, however, will decide that it is better to keep the patient on life support with an adrenaline injection and a following morphine drip than […]

By | 2010-11-03T18:23:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2010|Money and markets|Comments Off on The Dow at a 2-year high: can it last?

Stock market optimism continues a little longer

The conjunction of Jupiter to Uranus is still creating optimism in the markets that defy the news: “U.S. stocks closed higher Monday as investors were encouraged by earnings from Citigroup and a measure of home-builder confidence that topped expectations.” (read more here…)

Jupiter is the planet of confidence, and in tandem with Uranus it seeks sudden changes and liberation from negativity.  The combination of these two planets is not the most realistic time in the world, and we are seeing this manifesting in the market, which rebounded today based on supposed confidence from home builders after an index reported today that builder confidence is up.  The National Association of Home Builders chief economist interjected the voice of reason, saying “it could be another couple of years before the industry returns to normal.”  There are signs of recovery, and that we have turned the corner as I’ve been reporting here.  But the fundamentals are not strong enough yet to create real movement in the value of equities.

Mars is in Scorpio now, the sign of shared values and other people’s money (and therefore investments and the stock market), and Mars is moving into alignment to trine both Jupiter and Uranus.  This should be a pretty positive week for the financial markets, although the retrograde movement of Venus will keep things from moving too far, too fast.

October is often a down month for the Dow, but after the intense planetary cycles of this summer investors are ready for a return of happy exuberance.  They are likely to continue to find it until Mercury enters Scorpio on October 21st and begins to analyze the financial situation a little more thoroughly.

Overall, though, I continue to feel that we have turned the […]

By | 2010-10-18T16:19:40+00:00 October 18th, 2010|Astronomy, Money and markets|Comments Off on Stock market optimism continues a little longer

America’s Second House of Money

The obsession of the United States with money and the amassing of more and more of it can be seen in the fact that Pluto, the planet of compulsive behavior as well as the experiences that create the death of experience and a regeneration into a new life, is in the second house of money.  The second house is, of course, about more than money: it relates to economic security and the things and concepts that we possess and that we value.

The chart for the United States is extremely expansive in nature, with the Sun in Cancer conjunct Jupiter, the planet of optimism and faith and the desire for bigger and better.  Sun/Jupiter conjunctions typically denote a high degree of luck in an individual, and this is also the case for a national chart.  Jupiter is actually the chart ruler because Sagittarius is rising in the Sibley chart that most astrologers use for the United States.  For an extremely geeky view of why I use the Sibley chart visit this earlier article. Sagittarius, the sign that instills a desire to expand one’s frontiers and find meaning in life, the sign that rules religion and shared philosophies and the pursuit of happiness, is a fitting ascendant for a country that values freedom above all else, or at least claims to.

Pluto, as the ruler of the underworld, represents the shadow side of the psyche, whether in an individual chart or the chart of a nation.  With Pluto in the second house of money and finance, the American shadow is a dirty little secret – an obsession (Pluto) with the power that money can provide (second house).  The persona of the country is the sunny […]

By | 2010-09-22T18:59:14+00:00 September 22nd, 2010|Money and markets|5 Comments
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