The number of traders using lunar cycles bugged me recently so I decided to look into it and see if it was all Lunacy. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2009/06/do-moon-cycles-affect-the-stock-market/19933/ http://www.bus.umich.edu/pdf/mitsui/workshopdocs/ZhengMoonstruck.pdf There is lots of research done on it. From the respected peer reviewed academic journal The Journal Of Private Equity to many research papers done at colleges and elsewhere. Behavior physiologists have also looked into it. The statistics are undeniable. The market gains 2-3x more during new moons and waxing moons than full to waning moons. Why? It has to do with women... Most women on average still have their periods tied to the lunar cycle. Investors wives mood swings have a large impact on whether they feel like buying stocks or not. Be careful if everyone's wives are on the Rug... They might just be so stressed out they panic and crash the markets! LoL... So, how can you use this scientifically proven fact of equities markets to your advantage? It's best to plan your swing trades long into new and waxing moons. It's best to plan your swing trades short into full and waning moons. This will give you a double advantage over investors that are not paying attention to the effects of the lunar cycles. One of the biggest influences overall on the market this year in the bigger picture isn't the lunar cycle which provides a slight push and pull on the market... It's the Election year cycle where the market is on average 7-8% stronger than non election years. One thing this chart below proves... Beware of German women on their periods... They really stress their men out and destroy their investment optimism. Italian men are not so effected. If you look at their cultural differences this actually makes total sense. Take advantage of it while you can. The effects of the lunar cycles will diminish as more quant funds and others add the correlation to their models and price it out.