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  • Stars Align for Open-Outcry End

    by Susan Gidel | Feb 05, 2015
    I started my career as a reporter covering the corn futures market on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, so I have a special place in my heart for open-outcry trading. But, as an astrologer, it makes all the sense in the world to me that the time has come for it to go away.
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  • October 8 Eclipse is Key for Traders

    by Susan Gidel | Oct 01, 2014
    The full moon/total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8 promises to be an emotional and volatile day that could mark an extreme in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. That's why it is the Red Letter Trading Day for October 2014.
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  • DJIA Jupiter Return Signals Potential High

    by Susan Gidel | Aug 05, 2014
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average, born on May 26, 1896, is having a Jupiter return on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:08 a.m., and based on history, the market may be near a high. There have been 15 exact connections between transiting Jupiter and the DJIA’s natal Jupiter over the last 118 years. On nine of these 15 days, the DJIA was within six days of an important market top—for the month, quarter or year.
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  • Lights! Camera! Action! Jupiter Enters Leo!

    by Susan Gidel | Jul 16, 2014
    Jupiter changes its bullish favorites each time it changes zodiac signs. On July 16, 2014, Jupiter entered the sign of Leo and puts its bullish spotlight on the entertainment, luxury and speculation stock sectors. Gold prices may also get a bullish boost. As Jupiter leaves the sign of Cancer, silver and sectors related to home, real estate and food are losing their Jupiter luster.
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  • Superhero Staredown--Cardinal Grand Cross of 2014

    by Susan Gidel | Apr 13, 2014
    The Cardinal Grand Cross of April 22-23, 2014 creates unprecedented tension among four powerhouse planets. Imagine superheroes The Hulk, Iron Man, Superman and Human Torch in a four-way staredown, each daring the other to make the first move. Expect the unexpected concerning political uprisings, religious-based aggression and extreme weather. The charts of the United States, Russia and their two leaders are directly connected to the energy, but there is opportunity for a war of words rather than guns.
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  • Big-Picture View of United States and Pluto in Capricorn

    by Susan Gidel | Mar 07, 2014
    The power of astrology to anticipate big changes in mood and trend is one of its greatest applications. See this Vanity Fair article from December 2006 by astrologer Michael Lutin for a forward look at how the United States will be affected by Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024).
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  • Comcast/Time Warner Deal Starts With Two Astrology Strikes

    by Susan Gidel | Feb 13, 2014
    The deal to combine Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the two biggest cable companies in the United States, has two astrological strikes against it because it was announced when planets Mercury and Jupiter were retrograde, indicating potential delays and regulatory hurdles.
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  • A Lump of Coal in the DJIA's Stocking?

    by Susan Gidel | Dec 01, 2013
    Tuesday, December 17 is this month's Red Letter Day for trading, with three volatile astrological energies. Look for the market to take a breather during Christmas week as restrictive Capricorn gains a foothold.
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  • Watch that First Step. It’s a Doozy!

    by Susan Gidel | Nov 01, 2013
    Significant astrological energy may create bearish pressure on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in early November.
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  • Tips For Self-Publishing Your Book

    by Susan Gidel | Sep 27, 2013
    Three self-publishing pros discuss tips on being your own book publisher. Read more on the importance of owning the ISBN, popping for good editing and design, and creative marketing.
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  • Book Review: The Money Noose--Jon Corzine and the Collapse of MF Global

    by Susan Gidel | Aug 29, 2013
    The first book out on the collapse of MF Global is a good read for industry insiders and the general public alike. Originally published by Futures Magazine.
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  • In Defense of Corzine

    by Susan Gidel | Apr 10, 2013
    Emotions are still running hot about Jon Corzine, former head of failed MF Global. But it's time to move on.
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  • New High in DJIA Follows Astrological Pattern

    by Susan Gidel | Mar 06, 2013
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has surpassed the high of 2007 and is on a similar path to one it has taken twice before with planets Saturn and Uranus since the index first appeared in 1896.
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  • Thank You, Barry Lind

    by Susan Gidel | Jan 24, 2013
    My tribute to Barry Lind, a man who changed the futures industry and whose company I am honored to have worked at for more than a decade.
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  • Déjà vu All Over Again

    by Susan Gidel | Oct 31, 2012
    Ahhh. A year ago today that my former employer, MF Global, declared bankruptcy and sent the futures industry into the biggest nightmare in its history. Here's how I remember those final weeks. (Also published by Futures Magazine at
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  • U.S. Dollar in its Mid-Life Crisis

    by Susan Gidel | Oct 22, 2012
    Financial astrologer Ted Phillips takes a look back at when the U.S. dollar went off the gold standard and how the current astrological patterns point to rough times ahead.
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  • Commodities the Bad Guy in "Arbitrage" Movie

    by Susan Gidel | Oct 03, 2012
    Where have we seen this story before? Real life or TV drama? Rich guy makes a bad trade and tries to fix it before anyone finds out. Rich guy cheats on his wife and does something stupid. Money fixes everything. Even so, a good flick that was fun to watch.
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  • The Farm You Can't Sell

    by Susan Gidel | Sep 25, 2012
    Does family heritage provide firm roots or oppressive obligation? Explore the idea with Susan in this piece and on October 3 at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago, as part of its "Ancestors" art exhibit and programming.
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  • PFGBest Failed Amid Astrological Stress

    by Susan Gidel | Aug 20, 2012
    The sudden demise of PFGBest on July 10, 2012 following an attempted suicide the previous day by its owner, Russ Wasendorf, with revelation about embezzlement of customer funds has the industry, regulators, traders, customers and former employees wondering how and why it all could have happened. As an astrologer, I looked for answers—and found some—in the company, personal and event charts.
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