Money and markets

The return of General Motors: The beginning of a new era

General MotorsI don’t know about you, but all of a sudden I want to buy a new car.  I’ve been looking online, in magazines, in the newspapers – thrilled at the prospect of something shiny and new in the driveway.  This is particularly curious because I have a car that I LOVE – it’s a cool shade of green, nice and luxurious, and it goes great with all of my clothes.

I was telling Rich I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden I wanted a new car, and then I noticed that every five minutes there is a new car ad on television.  Yes, I AM that susceptible to marketing!

Today marks the return of General Motors to the trading floor of the New York stock exchange.  The conservative press is minimizing the importance of the initial public offering today by General Motors which is selling stock in the company for the first time since it went bankrupt in 2008 as Pluto moved into Capricorn, but so far over $20 billion in stock shares have been sold, bringing the US Treasury’s share of GM stock down to 33% from over 60%.

With Venus and Jupiter both changing direction today and tomorrow, be prepared for reversals of fortune in financial markets.  It’s difficult to predict whether GM’s success will lead to lasting optimism in the markets, but stocks are way up today over the excitement of the return of General Motors.  This euphoria may be induced by today’s challenging square between the Sun and Neptune, which has a tendency to bring out our most fervent fantasies.

I have been predicting that once the “Cardinal Drama” of planetary alignments was behind us, which it is at this time, the general […]

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By |2010-11-18T15:50:42-04:00November 18th, 2010|Money and markets|2 Comments

Venus and Jupiter direct and the Taurus Full Moon

Venus Jupiter directThe two planets of good fortune, Venus and Jupiter, have both been traveling retrograde and in the next few days they will be changing direction, moving forward again in what astrologers call “direct motion.”  Planets obviously don’t orbit in reverse, but we observe the movement of the planets from our perspective on earth which creates some anomalies in their travel patterns.

When planets slow down and make a “station” before they change direction their influence is quite powerful, almost as though they are shining a laser beam in our direction.  Venus and Jupiter are called benefic planets because they are considered to have a positive influence on the human experience.  Venus is the planet of love and attraction, and Jupiter governs good fortune, confidence and optimism.  When these planets are retrograde we often experience either doubt and worry as we look to the past and re-evaluate our problems, or else we can become bogged down from decisions that resulted from misplaced confidence and trust.

But retrograde planets don’t doom us to misfortune.  Venus retrograde periods are times to pay attention to the way we relate to others, and to re-evaluate the relationships that we have with people in our lives.  Some we may want to eliminate, and some we may want to re-focus our attention towards.  Jupiter retrograde periods provide an opportunity to free ourselves from restrictions (either situations or ideas) that hold us back from being able to expand ourselves and continue to grow.  It’s true that these are not always the optimum periods for business and wealth creation, although the past few weeks have seen the US stock market rise to its highest point in three years, largely due to the continuing conjunction of […]

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By |2010-11-16T07:43:14-04:00November 16th, 2010|Life, Money and markets|1 Comment

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 |2010-11-04T14:31:17-04:00November 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 […]

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By |2010-11-03T18:23:13-04:00November 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 […]

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By |2010-10-18T16:19:40-04:00October 18th, 2010|Astronomy, Money and markets|Comments Off on Stock market optimism continues a little longer
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