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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Plainly speaking....

This bull market from 2009 has been about liquidity.
The bull market which ended in last quarter of 2007-08 was all about cheap liquidity being pushed into the hands of the Public by Bankers and Insurance Companies.
The Bankers overdid the whole stuff, created sub primes and blew the whole stuff out of the water.
This Bull is all about cheap liquidity being pushed by Central Bankers onto the Financial Institutions and Retail Banks.
In other words, the very culprits of the last bull market had been handsomely supported with cheap money by the Central Bankers!
For the first time Yellen and Draghi are talking about reining in the Balance sheet..and stop its expansion.In other words they are talking about closing the tap..
We who follow the markets need only to first follow the Big Fund movement to understand the big picture...

Money which was relentlessly flowing into the Us Bond Market is now slowly moving out..Once the yield breaks the trend line we will know for sure that the Bond market has finally topped out...
A goodish portion has been flowing into the Equities markets of the US & A, but there has been flows to markets outside USA as well...at least that is the sense we get when we see the Dollar Index..

Clearly Emerging Markets seem to be benefiting.
Indian Markets have an additional angle to them..
Liquidity being provided by Mutual Funds..
Apart from FIIs.
So just keep watching break out stocks  especially large cap and those which attract huge volumes...Therein lie the best bets.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

When the slow guys decide to move....

June 22 2017: Saturn retrogrades into Scorpio
August 19 2017: Rahu moves to Cancer from Leo
                           Ketu moves to Capricorn from Aquarius
September 11, 2017: Jupiter moves into Libra from Virgo
October 25, 2017: Saturn moves into Sagittarius

Within the next 4 months. all the traditional slow moving celestials are slated to change houses.This will definitely affect all human beings in the world-good or bad shall be decided by the natal positions of these planets in the janma pathrika.
World markets are nothing but expressions of the Collective.
So we may expect, long standing trends to begin changing with heavy volatility.
Just let us embrace the change, with a clear heart and mind....
Since Uranus has begun a very long term waxing phase with Pluto, change being introduced or forced upon now shall only manifest positive results.





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturn Uranus Trine...Planets of Destiny in a Trine

For several months now, I had been harping on the Saturn Uranus trine and how it behaves as a potent bull pusher and takes the markets higher.We are now approaching the potent second phase of this aspect.
I did deal with this aspect in detail some months back..but let me deal with it once again for the benefit of all concerned...
Saturn Uranus Waning Trine...This means Saturn will be approaching Uranus and some time in the future Saturn will form a conjunction with Uranus.In the present case, that aspect will happen in 2032, June.
We will see two cases from history...Since 1900, we had a waning trine formation between Uranus and Saturn in 1925 to 29 and then again in 1972 to 74.
So this is a rare aspect which happens once in 45 years.Since Saturn and Uranus have the habit of becoming retrograde, this passage will be in several phases.That is 3 to 4 times they will become trine before they finally move away.
Whenever these aspect happen, there will be fundamental changes happening...
In 1925, Adolf Hitler wrote the "Mein Kampf", was released from prison, and began the process of using politics to gain power rather than brute force.That he succeeded against the wildest expectations of the World and that too with disastrous consequences is now part of History.


Each coloured vertical bar represents a phase of Saturn-Uranus trine and we see that the second phase brought about a good correction..

The next waning trine was in the period 1972 to 74.
Again several path breaking events shaped up..
Water gate scandal broke out in the US.
US gets heavily involved in the Vietnam war.
US Dollar goes off Gold standard. This was the beginning of the Financial crisis which is unfolding and threatens to destabilise the entire Global  Economy.
Events of 1972:
 Feb 2  President Nixon has tried to get the CIA Director, Richard Helms, to help him block an investigation of the Watergate break-in. Helms refuses to cooperate in such an illegal act, except that he will not report Nixon. Nixon fires Helms as CIA Director.
Mar 12  Gold has risen to 90 dollars an ounce. International pressure to dump the dollar results in the Brussels Agreement. The US dollar is no longer to be linked to the price of gold.
Apr 30  President Nixon accepts the resignation of four close aides, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, his Attorney General, Kleindienst and his counsel, John Dean. In a special address to the nation he says, "There can be no whitewash at the White House," and he claims "full responsibility" for the actions of his subordinates in the Watergate scandal.

Here is how the markets reacted...

We see that the Dow formed a major top during the second phase and declined heavily.

Now to 2016-2018....Time for the next aspect of Saturn Uranus waning trine..

Donald Trump with no experience in Governance or in Military becomes the 45 President of the United States.
Emmanuel Macron take charge as French President..
CIA alleges that Russia had acted to help get President Trump elected and that President Putin had personally authorised it.FBI subsequently concurs with CIA view.
North Korea keeps launching missiles,  baiting the US,the latest one -60 km off Russian Coast. One is reminded of Vietnam and US involvement...
US President sacks James Comey, Director of FBI. Russian involvement is US Elections is taking a serious turn...similar to Water Gate..
Every one of the above developments has huge long term ramifications...

Let us see the market..

Monday, April 3, 2017

Money which moves Indian Markets April 03, 2017


Uranus and India 2017 to 2024




The second house primarily deals with national wealth, status and relationships within a country and with its neighbours.  It also rules the purchasing power of the people, financial stability, national income, strength of currency, budget and balance of trade.
The third house rules leadership, the communication of the Government with the public, means of communications in the country including transport, media, telecommunications and information technology.
The sixth house rules public amity, relations with neighbours, general health of the public, political stability, financial solvency of the nation, management of debts, litigations, judicial functioning, communal harmony in the country and labour relations.
The tenth house rules executive, parliament, administration, foreign trade, law and order
Uranus shall be influencing all these houses in a positive way.
There could be breath taking and shocking changes come our way in the next seven years.
Stock markets could see a vertical rise for the next 2 to 3 years and then a big fall. 
See this report from Raoul Pal...It could blow you off...

Raoul Pal has been publishing Global Macro Investor since January 2005 to provide original, high quality, quantifiable and easily readable research for the global macro investment community hedge funds, family offices, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. It draws on his considerable 26 years of experience in advising hedge funds and managing a global macro hedge fund.

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Raoul moved to GLG from Goldman Sachs where he co-managed the hedge fund sales business in Equities and Equity Derivatives in Europe. In this role, Raoul established strong relationships with many of the world’s pre-eminent hedge funds, learning from their styles and experiences.



Other stop-off points on the way were NatWest Markets and HSBC, although he began his career by training traders in technical analysis.

India
By Raoul Pal
March 2017
I’m going to blow your mind with this following article. My mind is still reeling from my discovery and from writing this piece.
Let me enlighten you...
Companies that create massively outsized technological breakthroughs tend to capture the investing population’s attention and thus their share prices trade at huge multiples, as future growth and future revenues are extrapolated into the future.
From time to time, entire countries re-model their economies and shift their growth trajectory. The most recent example was the liberalisation of China’s economy and massive spending on infrastructure, which together created an incredibly powerful force for growth over the last two decades.
But it is very rare indeed that a country develops an outsized technological infrastructure breakthrough that leaves the rest of the world far behind.
But exactly this has just happened in India... and no one noticed.
India has, without question, made the largest technological breakthrough of any nation in living memory.
Its technological advancement has even left Silicon Valley standing. India has built the world’s first national digital infrastructure, leaping at least two generations of financial technologies and has built something as important as the railroad was to the UK or the interstate highways were to the US.
India is now the most attractive major investment opportunity in the world.
It’s all about something called Aadhaar and a breathtakingly ambitious plan with flawless execution.
What just blows my mind is how few people have even noticed it. To be honest, writing the article last month was the first time I learned about any of the developments. I think this is the biggest emerging market macro story in the world.
Phase 1 – The Aadhaar Act
India, pre-2009, had a massive problem for a developing economy: nearly half of its people did not have any form of identification. If you were born outside of a hospital or without any government services, which is common in India, you don’t get a birth certificate. Without a birth certificate, you can’t get the basic infrastructure of modern life: a bank account, driving license, insurance or a loan. You operate outside the official sector and the opportunities available to others are not available to you. It almost guarantees a perpetuation of poverty and it also guarantees a low tax take for India, thus it holds Indian growth back too.
Normally, a country such as India would solve this problem by making a large push to register more births or send bureaucrats into villages to issues official papers (and sadly accept bribes in return). It would have been costly, inefficient and messy. It probably would have only partially worked.
But in 2009, India did something that no one else in the world at the time had done before; they launched a project called Aadhaar which was a technological solution to the problem, creating a biometric database based on a 12-digit digital identity, authenticated by finger prints and retina scans.


Aadhaar became the largest and most successful IT project ever undertaken in the world and, as of 2016, 1.1 billion people (95% of the population) now has a digital proof of identity. To understand the scale of what India has achieved with Aadhaar you have to understand that India accounts for 17.2% of the entire world’s population!
But this biometric database was just the first phase...

Phase 2 – Banking Adoption

Once huge swathes of the population began to register on the official system, the next phase was to get them into the banking system. The Government allowed the creation of eleven Payment Banks, which can hold money but don’t do any lending. To motivate people to open accounts, it offered free life insurance with them and linked bank accounts to social welfare benefits. Within three years more than 270 million bank accounts were opened and $10bn in deposits flooded in.
People who registered under the Aadhaar Act could open a bank account just with their Aadhaar number.

Phase 3 – Building Out a Mobile Infrastructure

The Aadhaar card holds another important benefit – people can use it to instantly open a mobile phone account. I covered this in detail last month but the key takeaway is that mobile phone penetration exploded after Aadhaar and went from 40% of the population to 79% within a few years...
The next phase in the mobile phone story will be the rapid rise in smart phones, which will revolutionise everything. Currently only 28% of the population has a smart phone but growth rates are close to 70% per year.
In July 2016, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administers Aadhaar, called a meeting with executives from Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Indian smartphone maker Micromax amongst others, to talk about developing Aadhaar compliant devices.
Qualcomm is working closely with government authorities to get more Aadhaar-enabled devices onto the market and working with customers – including the biggest Android manufacturers – to integrate required features, such as secure cameras and iris authentication partners.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently singled out India as a top priority for Apple.
Microsoft has also just launched a lite version of Skype designed to work on an unstable 2G connection and is integrated with the Aadhaar database, so video calling can be used for authenticated calls.
This rise in smart, Aadhaar compliant mobile phone penetration set the stage for the really clever stuff...
But that is not all. In December 30th 2016, Indian launched BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) which is a digital payments platform using UPI (Unified Payments Interface). This is another giant leap that allows non-UPI linked bank accounts into the payments system. Now payments can be made from UPI accounts to non-UPI accounts and can use QR codes for instant payments and also allows users to check bank balances.
While the world is digesting all of this, assuming that it is going to lead to an explosion in mobile phone eWallets (which is happening already), the next step is materializing. This is where the really big breakthrough lies...
Payments can now be made without using mobile phones, just using fingerprints and an Aadhaar number.
Fucking hell. That is the biggest change to any financial system in history.
What is even more remarkable is that this system works on a 2G network so it reaches even the most remote parts of India!! It will revolutionise the agricultural economy, which employs 60% of the workforce and contributes 17% of GDP. Farmers will now have access to bank accounts and credit, along with crop insurance.
But again, that is not all... India has gone one step further...

Phase 5 – India Stack – A Digital Life

In 2016, India introduced another innovation called India Stack. This is a series of secured and connected systems that allows people to store and share personal data such as addresses, bank statements, medical records, employment records and tax filings and it enables the digital signing of documents. This is all accessed, and can be shared, via Aadhaar biometric authentication.
Essentially, it is a secure Dropbox for your entire official life and creates what is known as eKYC: Electronic Know Your Customer.    
Using India Stack APIs, all that is required is a fingerprint or retina scan to open a bank account, mobile phone account, brokerage account, buy a mutual fund or share medical records at any hospital or clinic in India. It also creates the opportunity instant loans and brings insurance to the masses, particularly life insurance. All of this data can also in turn be stored on India Stack to give, for example, proof of utility bill payment or life insurance coverage.
What is India Stack exactly?
India Stack is the framework that will make the new digital economy work seamlessly.
It’s a set of APIs that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilise a unique digital infrastructure to solve India’s hard problems towards presence-less, paperless and cashless service delivery.
  • Presence-less: Retina scan and finger prints will be used to participate in any service from anywhere in the country.
  • Cashless: A single interface to all the country’s bank accounts and wallets.
  • Paperless: Digital records are available in the cloud, eliminating the need for massive amount of paper collection and storage.
  • Consent layer: Give secured access on demand to documents.
India Stack provides the ability to operate in real time, transactions such as lending, bank or mobile account opening that usually can take few days to complete are now instant.
As you can see, Smart phones will act as key to access the kingdom.
This is fast, secure and reliable; this is the future...
This revolutionary digital infrastructure will soon be able to process billions more transactions than bitcoin ever has. It may well be a bitcoin killer or at best provide the framework for how blockchain technology could be applied in the real world. It is too early to tell whether other countries or the private sector adopts blockchain versions of this infrastructure or abandons it altogether and follows India’s centralised version.
India Stack is the largest open API in the world and will allow for massive fintech opportunities to be built around it. India is already the third largest fintech centre but it will jump into first place in a few years. India is already organizing hackathons to develop applications for the APIs.
It has left Silicon Valley in the dust.

Phase 6 – A Cash Ban

The final stroke of genius was the cash ban, which I have also discussed at length in the past. The cash ban is the final part of the story. It simply forces everyone into the new digital economy and has the hugely beneficial side-effect of reducing everyday corruption, recapitalising the banking sector and increasing government tax take, thus allowing India to rebuild its crumbling infrastructure...
India was a cash society but once the dust settles, cash will account for less than 40% of total transactions in the next five years. It may eliminate cash altogether in the next ten years.
The cash ban digitizes India. No other economy in the world is even close to this.

Phase 7 – The Investment Opportunity

Everyone thinks they know about the Indian economy – crappy infrastructure, corruption, bureaucracy and antiquated institutions but with a massively growing middle class. Well, that is the narrative and has been for the last 15 years.
But that phase is over and no one noticed. So few people in the investment community or even Silicon Valley are even vaguely aware of what has happened in India and that has created an enormous investment opportunity.
The future for India is massive technological advancement, a higher trend rate of GDP and more tax revenues. Tax revenues will fund infrastructure – ports, roads, rail and healthcare. Technology will increase agricultural productivity, online services and manufacturing productivity.
Telecom, banking, insurance and online retailing will boom, as will the tech sector.
Nothing in India will be the same again.
FDI is already exploding and will rise massively in the years ahead as technology giants and others pour into India to take advantage of the opportunity...
I am long the telco sector (Bharti)...
And I am long the Nifty Banks Index...

I think India is going to offer an entire world of opportunity going forwards.
If I can sum up, it’s in this one chart: the SENSEX in US Dollars. It looks explosive for the next 10 years...
Incredible India indeed.
***Hot off the press***
I decided to test the waters on Twitter on Sunday and Monday to find out how many non-Indians were aware of India Stack/Aadhaar. I have 24,000 followers on Twitter, many of which are you guys, and hosts of others heavily engaged in financial markets i.e. it’s a decent data sample.
In the 12 hours since the survey began, around 900 people have responded. It appears that 90% of the investment world knows absolutely nothing about the biggest IT project ever accomplished and have never even heard of it.
Now, that is an informational edge.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nifty Long term cycles

Look at this chart...

  • The cycle connecting the 2013 bottom and 2015 top reveals the 2016 December bottom..marked by a vertical double arrow.
  • First major bottom after 2013 bottom connects with the 2016 bottom through a 45 degree angle line. ( Line incorporating two small black arrows.)
  • Nifty is about to touch the 45 degree line which originates from 2013 bottom.Previous time it crossed this line was during the top formation of September 2016.
  • Look at the second cycle.It connects the 2015 March top and 2016 Feb bottom.The 2016 September top rests exactly on this cycle.
  • This is now revealing a potential topping zone now, as indicated by the thin purple vertical line.I have also marked a small blue arrow to indicate the position.
  • On the other hand, Nifty is also interestingly poised for a long term break out, once it closes above 9119.
  • Logic cautions us to be careful at this juncture and wait for pull backs before taking fresh longs.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Junk Bonds and Safe Haven Bonds

Another equally interesting development is the chart below.......

Does someone want the equity markets to fall so that they could enter?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time decay and Sun rise..

Armstrong Economics March 08, 2017
The political world is melting down. The press is so bought and paid for and lost all sense of impartial reporting just the news. All I can say is this is the beginning of the end. Rejoice – you have a front row seat to witness the decline and fall of the West. It’s only fair. All empires, nations, and city states die. One must consult the history books to gather the evidence of how such things unfold.
Zucker JeffIn the United States, the effort to prove there was some contact between Trump people and Russia is the great delusion. The left is desperate to use this issue to tie the Trump administration in knots. Exactly what the theory is seems even more outlandish but this is the focus of the press. The head of CNN, Jeff Zucker, is lashing out at politicians for not defending them and elevates John McCain and Lindsey Graham as great champions of the press when in fact they are the two worst Republicans I would hesitate to even shake their hands. Zucker’s son worked for Cory Booker and the Democrats when he was just 15 years old. Zucker is not unbiased when it comes to politics. He has a personal agenda stamped on CNN.
CNN has routinely cut off reporters when talking negative about Hillary and quickly changes the subject. There is a host of people they have cut off who have been critical of the Hillary/Obama/Democrats and they suddenly always lose the feed. The latest is cutting off a Congressman when they revealed:
“Just today, the FBI comes out and says that 30 percent, 30 percent, of their domestic terrorism cases that they’re investigating are from folks who are refugees. It’s important not to label all refugees bad people, that’s not why I’m here…”
The bias of the press is getting so bad, they are undermining everything they were supposed to stand for. This is a critical aspect in the decline and fall of an empire, nation, or city state. Once the news is compromised, confidence not just in the press, but in everything crumbles. The mainstream media are not honorable independent people. They are big business not much different from the banks. They lobby for their special deals and the support the status quo.
The New York Times at least admitted their coverage of the election was biased. They apologized, but nothing has really changed.
“As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly.”
Senate-House Combined 2017
Even if Trump met with Putin, exactly what does that infer? Did it alter the election? No. Even Obama admitted that no hack altered the vote count. So what is the issue? The press aids the Democrats in trying to blame Putin for Hillary’s loss. But there is not a single shred of evidence that ANY of the leaked emails from the Democrats was ever altered or was fake. The Democrats simply got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and blame Putin. So what is all this Russia thing about? It seems to be just a diversion to discredit Trump and stop the agenda of any reform. A simple technical analysis of Democrat v Republican shows that the former is in a major decline and their agenda has been dying. In fact, look out for 2018-2019. Sheer chaos is coming.
EU ParliamentIn Europe, political forces are also in a state of denial. The EU is collapsing and the politicians refuse to surrender their goals. Instead, they lash out at what they are calling “populism” as with the election of Trump, BREXIT, and the developments in France. The will of the people is not worth anything when it goes against their dreams.
So in both cases, we are witnessing the demise of the West. All of this political fighting is setting the stage for the shift from the West to the East of financial power. The wheel of fortune spins. We lost. What is accomplished by overthrowing Trump? What is accomplished by forcing Europe to remain in the EU with unelected people controlling everything from Brussels? If the press succeeds in overturning Trump, what is accomplished? Do they really think everything can go back to the way it was before? Trump was elected because the silent majority have been silent and not heard and the standard of living always declines. The majority no longer believe that what we leave our children will be better than what we had. It only gets worse.
So what is the goal? It seems to be only to maintain the elite and keep things the way they are. So yes, the media in the USA has degenerated to fake news, but in Europe the very same trend has emerged. This is a serious nail in our coffin and mainstream media has indeed become the sword of our own destruction. Can we prevent this outcome? No. All we can do is hopefully learn from our mistakes and this time try to create a system that prevents such an oligarchy from rising. All Republics historically collapse into oligarchies. As we head into 2018, this is going to get really bad. This is going to be a turning point of great importance in the political world.

Some worthies....



Sunday, March 5, 2017

SENSEX Long Term Monthly Cycle chart March 2017


February 2016 was a significant bottom. We have moved just 12 months.We are in the beginning of the 13th month. Nifty seems to have a lot of room to move up! Even for a half primary top, another six to eight months is left.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jupiter Uranus OPPOSITION in 2016-17



Let us examine this query because this gives us an opportunity to visit a few fundamentals.
1. Larger planets when they connect produce longer term and larger effects.
2. These effects will be felt across the Globe in many markets. That is why individual horoscope approach to markets is
not very effective. Universal astro effects are the planetary aspects, stellar and sign positions.
3. When an aspect involves several planets it is potentiated. That means it becomes more powerful and causes significant effects across many markets.
4. When two planets interact, their orbs of influence interact first and so the manifestation can happen before, during or after the aspect or interaction. Often times, a secondary aspect or influence may trigger the manifestation. So let us not assume that precisely on the date of exact aspect, things happen. Nature never intended  things to be thaat simple!
5. All events are manifestations of collective planetary energies. So always look for the composite interaction effects. Let us not say for example,  that "Sun and Mars are opposite..So market will fall."
That is like the 5 blind men describing an elephant. Different people could look at different part of the sky and come to different sometimes totally opposite conclusions.....


Look at the chart for the first date of Uranus Jupiter opposition. Just see how many planets are interacting! I have highlighted them! No wonder we had a significant bottom then!




Now look at the Feb 28 to March 03 period. Again there are significant interactions. But not as potent as Dec 26, because planets like Saturn are really minding their own business. So markets may fall but may not be a tremendous fall. But later on Saturn does get involved, and when he turns retro he could cause a change. So watch out for April 13 or 14 or that week. ( This is why we should use technicals for entry and exit and not Astro.) Astro is the direction board. Technicals is the road. If you keep gaping at the direction board, your car could still hit a nasty pot hole!


Coming to this chart, there is no composite aspect at all. We will still see a reaction but the other planets will take control and not Uranus Jupiter.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gold, across the years....

Let us see the astro charts for lows:
Jupiter and Neptune are together in Cancer and Rahu is squaring both of them.
Jupiter and Neptune are again together  in another water sign, Scorpio and the Nodes are squaring both of them.
 Jupiter and Neptune are in a trine influenced by Saturn and Pluto...
Jupiter and Neptune are opposite, with Saturn square Jupiter and Pluto trine Jupiter.
According to Vedic texts, Jupiter  is the Karaka for Gold. According to Western Astrology, Neptune is a higher octave for Venus, for the deeper earning for expressions which include show, glamour, pomp, gaiety and glitter.
Let us see the Highs...

While Neptune is not connected, look at Jupiter! In trine with Rahu and Saturn. Square with Pluto and opposite Uranus! Gold melted!
Jupiter is square Neptune and Rahu.Trine Saturn.
Another Jupiter Rahu conjunction squaring Neptune!
 This is interesting! Slip from the high begins when the Nodes square Saturn. Jupiter is not yet involved....
Now Jupiter is involved...with Rahu and Ketu and Neptune connects with Saturn...
You can work out the next big low and high in Gold yourself!