Monday, 31 October 2016

Ray Merriman: Timing the Financial Markets

The Oxford Astrology Group is pleased to announce that renowned financial astrologer and market timer Ray Merriman will be giving a workshop here at Trinity College, June 2-3, 2017.

Ray is probably the most widely read market timer working today. In 2013, he launched MMTA, the Merriman Market Timing Academy, a 2-year instructional program on integrating the principles of financial astrology, cycle’s analysis, trend analysis, and technical analysis for the purpose of becoming a financial market timer.

You will be able to attend our two-day workshop as a standalone event, or add it to credit for your MMTA certification. We are very keen to introduce Ray’s methodology to a British audience. (We may need some help, post-Brexit. ed.)

Tickets will be available soon. Places are limited, so watch this space.

More about Ray

Merriman is the President of The Merriman Market Analyst, Inc. and founder of the Merriman Market Timing Academy. He is a Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA), financial market analyst, and editor of the MMA Cycles Report, a monthly market advisory newsletter that specializes in stocks, interest rates, currencies, precious metals, crude oil and soybeans since 1982. He also writes a daily and weekly report for more active traders.

His introduction to financial markets began in 1978. Two years later, he became a student of Walter Bressert, legendary cycles’ analyst and owner of HAL commodities in Tucson, Arizona. Bressert was also a director of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles in Wayne, PA. Under Bressert’s tutelage, Merriman began his research in the correlation of planetary cycles to cycles in the Gold market, based on Walter’s methodology of cycles analysis, which resulted in the publication of “The Gold Book: Geocosmic Correlations to Gold Price Cycles,” in 1982. This was the first book to show a quantitative research correlation between cycles in a financial market to cycles in the cosmos.

Between 1982-1986, Merriman was a frequent guest contributor on the Financial News Network (FNN). He served as an Investment Executive with Prudential Securities (1986-87), E.F, Hutton (later Shearson Lehman Hutton, 1987-1990), before becoming an Accounts Vice-President of Retail Commodity Futures with Paine Webber (1990-1994). 


Merriman is also the author of several books on Financial Market Timing, including the series on The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (1997-2012); The Gold Book: Geocosmic Correlations to Gold Price Cycles (1982); The Sun, Moon, and Silver Market (2006); Solar/Lunar Correlations to Gold Price Reversals: Secrets of a Gold Trader (2015); and the annual Forecast Book (since 1976), which outlines his projections a year ahead of time for financial markets, the world economy, and political trends.

In addition, he also wrote two primers on financial market analysis. One, titled Merriman on Market Cycles: The Basics, first published in 1994, is a classic primer on cycle studies. The other, titled “Basic Principles of Geocosmic Studies for Financial Market Timing, is a basic textbook on the relationship of geocosmic correlations to financial markets.

In 2013, he created MMTA, the Merriman Market Timing Academy, a two-year training course in Merriman’s market analysis and market timing methodology developed over the past 30 years. Students took 99 classes in this two-year period, plus several competency tests, and completed papers on seven major research projects identifying historical correlations between the analysis methods and historical performance. These courses are now available for on-line learning to new students via

At present, the original graduates, now known as Apprentices, are doing internship by analyzing international markets for a new market letter titled, “The MMTA International Cycles Report” (ICR). It is a monthly subscription report overseen by Merriman, starting in early 2015. These apprentices are being trained to become financial market analysts with a specialty in financial market timing, utilizing the MMA methodology.


In early 2013, Merriman was awarded the Gold Star by Market Timing Digest of Amsterdam, Netherlands as the “Best Market Timer of 2013." He was the only contestant (of twelve who were followed) to successfully identify all 15 major turning points in the U.S. stock market by their criteria. The second place finisher successfully identified 12. In 2014, Merriman received the Gold Star award again as "Best Market Timer of the Year" from Market Timing Digest, this time correctly identifying 20 of 21 reversal dates in the U.S stock market well ahead of time.

Merriman is also well studied in the field of Astrology. He is a Professional (Certified) Life Member of the American Federation of Astrologers (PLMAFA since 1972), as well as through the ISAR, International Society of Astrological Research, Inc. (2000). In 1995, he was the recipient of the UAC Regulus Award for "Enhancing Astrology's Image as a Profession." In 2012, he received the UAC “Regulus Lifetime Achievement Award,” only the fourth person ever to receive this honor. He served as President of ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research) in 1995-2001 and 2003-2009, and again 2015-2017. His works are currently published in German, Italian, Dutch, French, Russian, Serbian, Czech Republic, Viet Nam, Japanese, and English.