Thursday, December 24, 2009

Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance : which voodoo do you do?

"Millionaires don't use astrologers. Billionaires do." -J.P. Morgan

"The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had ears to hear."-Pythagoras

"The only randomness is the natural law which we do not yet understand." -Albert Einstein

'Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.' -Plato

'When the student is ready the teacher will arrive.' -Zen proverb

'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' -Arthur Conan Doyle

'W.D. Gann himself has been quoted as saying that he made his greatest market discovery on August 8th, 1908. Gann’s Financial Table, compiled within one year of 1908, is entirely based on the moon’s north node, which completes a full cycle every 18.6 years.' -Daniel T. Ferrera

'Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
You know the night's magic
One more moondance with you
- Van Morrison

Have always prided myself on going where the facts lead me, regardless of ideology, assumptions, opinions, precepts, dogma, or theories of faith. It is the method of an empiricist to let experience, especially that of the senses, divine knowledge.

No one said it was easy. But no one ever said it would be so hard.

It is a process of unlearning...

The Austrailan via Cryptogon
By Leo Lewis
December 23, 2009 7:10AM

Imploding equities, exploding credit default swaps, soaring gold and slumping oil -- if, at any time over the past 18 months, it seemed that markets were in the grip of lunacy, it may be because investors are, technically, lunatics.

The market mayhem since the global financial meltdown began in 2008 has provided fertile soil for proponents of a branch of investment theory which holds that market cycles move in phase with the Moon.

Now, backed with decades of data and behaviour that can no longer be explained by purely rational analysis, the lunar theory has slipped into the mainstream.

In a piece of research that involved 14 of its senior analysts from across five leading financial centres scrutinising data from 32 leading indices over several decades, Macquarie Securities has arrived at a startling discovery: the two days on either side of the new lunar month represent most of the positive returns on equity markets for the next four weeks.

"Using data since 1988 for a wide variety of indices," the report concluded, "it is quite clear that a strong surge in returns can be seen leading into the turn of the (lunar) month."

The analysts are quick to dismiss the idea that the theory applies only to markets in Asia -- a part of the world where belief in the lunar theory, especially in Hong Kong and Japan, is better established.

"The effect is not just an Asian effect, it happens globally," the Macquarie report said.

"Of the 32 markets we examined, all showed higher than average returns around the turn of the (lunar) month ... and for many of the markets, the average return for the rest of the month was below, or close to, zero."

Equity markets, it seems, act as a particularly sensitive barometer for the invisible impact of lunar cycles on human psychology -- an influence that has been widely assumed for centuries, but never solidly proven by science.

Macquarie points to two academic studies, which found that returns around the new moon are nearly double that of the corresponding full moon phase.

Using MSCI index data from the same 32 equity bourses and tracking decades of data, the Macquarie report found that: "In many markets, a very clear increase in average returns can be seen leading into the lunar new month."

The results, the analysis said, showed that without exception every market showed a very slight increase in the average return over the new moon period.

Other brokerage firms have latched on to parts of the lunar theory. Analysts at CLSA recently pointed out to clients that the recent near-collapse of the global credit and financial system was presaged by the lunar cycle.

As markets teetered on the brink of oblivion in 2008, the true panic began exactly on the 27th day of the seventh lunar cycle. Eerily, that same phase marked the height of panic during the great market crashes of 1857, 1907, 1929, 1987 and 1997.

The Macquarie report, which acknowledges that investors are unlikely to adapt their strategies to fit the new research, concludes that the relevance of the theory is "probably slightly more powerful than, say, betting that good value stocks outperform in the long run".

AM here :

For what it is worth here are the two days on either side of the new lunar month for 2010:

January 14th and 16th (16th is a Saturday)
February 13th and 15th (13th is a Saturday)
March 14th and 16th (14th is a Sunday)
April 13th and 15th
May 13th and 15th (15th is a Saturday)
June 11th and 13th (13th is a Sunday)
July 10th and 12th (10th is a Saturday)
August 9th and 11th
September 7th and 9th
October 6th and 8th
November 5th and 7th (7th is a Sunday)
December 4th and 6th (4th is a Saturday)


Anonymous said...

Einstein never said the quote attributed to him here. Please check sources before perpetuating myths.

Anonymous Monetarist said...

Will look into it.

Anonymous Monetarist said...

Agree with you will remove it.

"Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things, and I am greatly indebted to it. Geophysical evidence reveals the power of the stars and the planets in relation to the terrestrial. In turn, astrology reinforces this power to some extent. This is why astrology is like a life-giving elixir to mankind." – Albert Einstein in the Huters astrologischer Kalender [A]

Actually, Einstein had very negative thoughts about astrology.

Link to more misquotations.

Anonymous Monetarist said...

Replaced with a quote germane:
"The only randomness is the natural law which we do not yet understand." -Albert Einstein