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The AIG Trial – The 2008 Crash 6 Years Later

It’s been six years now since the bottom fell out of the stock market.

That was a tumultuous time, with the global financial system on the brink of total collapse.

And at the heart of the crisis was American International Group (AIG), the huge insurance company that had put itself on the line with credit default swaps on collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) to insure $441 billion worth of subprime mortgages. As the housing bubble began to deflate in 2007 and 2008, AIG had to pay out on more and more claims, until the big banks that had created the fraudulent CDOs backed with Liars’ Loans put themselves in jeopardy, ultimately pushing AIG into a massive liquidity crisis and virtual bankruptcy.

On September 16, 2008, with stock prices in a nosedive and the U.S. financial leadership in full panic mode, Ben Shalom Bernanke, at the head of the Federal Reserve Board, in collusion with U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner, pushed through a high-interest federal loan to AIG of $86 billion and demanded the resignation of AIG CEO Robert B. Willumstad, who was replaced by Edward M. Liddy, a board member at Goldman Sachs.

More than five weeks before the collapse of AIG, on August 7, 2008, I had put the spotlight on AIG during an interview with Michael Yorba on his Commodities Classics TV show:

Although I called for “considerable downside” for AIG and the markets in general because of the then-imminent ingress of Pluto into Capricorn, and identified the September 23, 2008 Mercury/Mars conjunction at a Mercury station as a target zone for a trading bottom following a price decline by AIG and the insurance industry as a whole, I was definitely too conservative in my forecast at that time. Instead of finding a bottom at 17.25 as I thought possible, AIG dropped to below $5 a share – but it did find a trading bottom following the September 23 Mercury station.

The details about AIG are especially worth reviewing now, more than six years after that original interview, since AIG and all the big financial players from that time frame are the focus of a major trial set to begin in U.S. Federal Court of Claims on Monday, September 29, 2014. During the AIG trial, many new facts about the mechanics of the government bailout of AIG are likely to come to light. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Shalom Bernanke is expected to testify, as well as former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Timothy Geithner (president of the New York Fed in 2008, and later Treasury Secretary).

Bernanke’s testimony in the AIG trial is certainly likely to attract lots of media attention. During a 2009 interview with 60 Minutes, he said that the AIG collapse made him so angry at the time that he “slammed down the phone more than a few times.”

During that interview, Bernanke said that “It’s absolutely unfair that taxpayer dollars are going to prop up a company that made these terrible bets, that was operating out of the sight of regulators, but which we have no choice but to stabilize, or else risk enormous impact, not just in the financial system, but on the whole U.S. economy.”

In spite of Bernanke’s claims, however, the argument in the AIG trial is that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury used the ailing AIG “as a vehicle to covertly funnel billions of dollars” to Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions favored by the government in a nefarious backdoor deal.

The complaint in the case for the AIG trial notes that “This is the only time in history when the government has taken without just compensation and/or illegally exacted the assets and equity of a company and its shareholders in connection with a loan, let alone a fully-secured loan bearing an extortionate interest rate.”

Giving Away $55,515 To Astrology Students

Earlier today I was reviewing all the work we’ve been doing here to get our new class on How To Find The Money In Your Horoscope started.

Registration for the class runs through Thursday, October 2, and the orientaton session for new students will be on Friday, October 3.

Getting to the point where we are today, with students actually able to sign up for the class, is the result of several months of pretty strenuous work.

There have been over 50 videos to shoot and edit, and MP3 audios for each of those videos to get posted on a special website.

The website itself has been a big chore, with more than 175 active pages all linked to each other in order to deliver the course content to the astrology students who register for the How To Find The Money In Your Horoscope class.

And on top of all that, I’ve decided that we’re going to give away more than $55,000 worth of bonus goodies, not only to provide a more comprehensive level of support for our astrology students, but also to make it as absolutely enticing as possible for you to join us for the class.

That give-away has already started – I share some of the details in this (admittedly pretty clunky) video:

Whether you’re a seasoned astrological professional, a newbie among astrology students, or are simply interested in improving your financial future without really connecting to astrology in any way, I know you’ll get a lot out of this course.

But of course you won’t get the benefits if you don’t join the class – which is exactly why I’m trying to make it as irresistible as possible by providing over $3,700 in bonuses for you (more than $55,000 in all).

You can get more information and sign up now at

How Low Will Gold Go?

The selling pressure in Gold continues to defy the pundits and dismay the Gold Bugs, and at this point there doesn’t look like there’s a clear-cut end to the decline in sight.

It’s interesting to note, however, that as we closed out the trading week Gold broke through eighth-harmonic Kronos support, opening up the possibility of even lower prices to come.


As this trading chart illustrates, the next level down is Kronos in the first harmonic. That’s a much stronger level of planetary support than an eighth-harmonic line, so we’ll be keeping a close watch.

At present our expectation is that we’ll see Gold hit first-harmonic Kronos support at 1178 on or about October 2nd, when the next big Sun/Kronos alignment takes place.

BABA – A Billion Dollars and the 40 Thieves

Today’s the day that the Initial Public Offering for the Alibaba Group hits Wall Street, with the American Depository Receipts for the Chinese company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol BABA.

With the offering now priced at the top of its proposed range at $68 a share, it’s the biggest IPO in Wall Street history. The deal will bring in $21.8 billion in fresh capital for big internet company.

The BABA IPO is definitely something we need to keep an eye on as astro-traders.

Now I don’t know about you, but for me $21.8 billion is mighty close to a MEGO number – that stands for “My Eyes Glaze Over.”

I always feel fairly flush when I’ve got a few extra hundred-dollar bills in my pocket, and I’m always delighted when I can get Free Money by picking up a couple of pennies that have been abandoned on the sidewalk.

But $21,800,000,000.00 has an awful lot of zeros, and I have trouble visualizing that amount of money.

That’s why I decided to pile up a billion dollars in cash in my garage, just so I could get it together in one place to take a picture of it. Then if I print out 22 copies of the picture I can get a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about with the Alibaba IPO….

Actually, of course, I wasn’t really the one who took the picture.

I found the photo on the internet (where else do you go to look for cool stuff?) and put it in a new pdf, along with a copy of a neat theatrical poster for a stage production of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” in 1886.

You can get it as a free bonus download when you watch my new video on the Alibaba IPO and Jack Ma.

The 10-minute video is posted at

The New Normal After 13 Years

This is a grim anniversary – it’s been 13 years since the Twin Towers came down and Americans saw the rapid crumbling of privacy and constitutional protections as a New Normal took over politics and society.

I had been focusing on September 11, 2001 almost two years before that date, when I was presenting a lecture that became part of my Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course.

It was December, 1999. The topic was lunar returns to solar eclipses, and I was talking about lunar returns for a solar eclipse that hadn’t yet taken place, on the Summer Solstice in 2001.

One of those lunar returns was on September 11 – and it looked like it would be a challenging time for the stock market!

But that was a financial astrology lecture, so I didn’t pay any attention to the potential for acts of terrorism, false flag operations, anti-Muslim propaganda, or the transformation of life as we knew it.

Which is why it’s helpful to think back about those events from time to time, putting them into a broader (and perhaps saner) perspective.

And that’s what Paul Craig Roberts has done in his latest blog post. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, Roberts is currently chairman of the Institute for Political Economy.

He’s never been afraid to express strong opinions, even at the risk of sometimes seeming a little bit over the edge.

In his post on “9/11 After 13 Years” he provides a great catalog of the long-term effects that disastrous day has had on American daily life. He also gives us some useful reminders about some of the events that took place then, including the mysterious simultaneous failure of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies as well as NATO and Air Traffic Control; the hasty passage of the Patriot Act, and the anthrax attacks on U.S. Senators.

Roberts concludes that since 9/11  “Unaccountable executive power has replaced due process and the checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution,” and that there are still many unanswered questions that remain.

Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, it’s all worth pondering, and this is a good day to do that.

You can find his blog post at:

Watching Alibaba

There’s been a lot of media ruckus lately about the upcoming IPO for Alibaba, the gigantic Chinese internet firm.

Jack Ma, the company’s founder and CEO, has just begun an all-out effort to promote the company to would-be investors, trying to drum up enthusiasm prior to the projected IPO date on September 19.

While Ma is certainly not oblivious to the traditions of feng shui and astrology in impacting business success (“Alibaba” is itself a multi-lingual pun – “ba” in Chinese means “eight”, and 8 is considered an extremely lucky number for generating wealth), it’s not clear what astrologer got involved in picking the IPO date.

Take a look at the horoscope for the event:

Alibaba IPO

With the Leo Moon (flashy public presentations) on the Midheaven and the transneptunian Apollon (success through business expansion) conjoining the Ascendant in this chart, it’s obviously a hand-picked time for an auspicious beginning.

We’ll have to wait and see, of course, exactly what happens when the Alifbaba stock starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

In the meantime, you might want to check out the article titled “Wall Street Eyes Alibaba Billions” in the September 7 issue of FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter. It shares our astro-trading perspective on this stock, and discusses an ancillary equities play that could bring some significant trading profits.

You’ll find it at:

Horoscope Money Feedback

We’ve just finished up our premiere class in “How To Find The Money In Your Horoscope”.

It was a sold-out event, and because it combined personal coaching and exclusive live conference calls with a variety of online materials, it took a lot of time and attention to put together.

But I must say it was worth it!

Creating and presenting the course was a very satisfying experience for me personally, but what has pleased me the most has been the feedback I’ve been getting from the students enrolled in the class.

“I was totally amazed by what I learned in this class!”

“You really put a lot of work into creating top-quality teaching presentations. I really do appreciate that.”

“I came into this class thinking that I already knew a lot about astrology, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d get out of it. But I was surprised to find one ah-ha moment after another during the course. Thank you for a wonderful experience!”

Needless to say, those kind of remarks make we want more! So I’ve decided that we’ll definitely be offering this class again, starting in early October. We need to do a little housekeeping on the website, and then I’ll be announcing the date when registration will open up for the new class sessions.

Stay tuned….

Watching Gold with the Sun and Kronos

I’ve really been amazed at the consistency with which the planetary price action of the Sun and Kronos defines significant movements in Gold trading.

It’s particularly exciting because it shows us the ways that the Transneptunian factors can be used as active indicators in our day-to-day trading.

And with specific Sun/Kronos alignments coming up in the months ahead, it’s important to keep an eye on the potential impact on Gold, especially since the yellow metal has been under such stress lately.

I recently put an article on this subject, along with some charts you may find interesting, on the website.

You can check it out at: