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Stock exchange analyst predicts earthquakes for 'Mayan Apocalypse' day

Planetary alignments may well lead to major natural event, says famous markets and trends watcher.

IN RECENT MONTHS, Art Cashin – director of floor operations for UBS at the New York Stock Exchange – has been warning about increased earthquake activity driven by peculiar planetary and solar angles.

It might not sound like it should be part of his job, but spotting trends, patterns and predicting events which might have an impact on trade markets, is of course part of his remit.

In one of his “Cashin’s Comments” columns this week, he notes that another planetary alignment could trigger earthquakes during the period when we’re supposedly going to experience the Mayan apocalypse:

Coincident Anniversary And The Mayans – Pop culture has delighted in focusing on the December 21st Mayan calendar number.  Some have even projected the date as the end of the world.  (In fact, floor wags teased disconsolate Romney supporters after the election, by saying “Cheer up.  Sure Obama’s re-elected but the world’s gonna end in a month and a half.”)

Some traders note that the Mayan date comes reasonably close to the Anniversary of the great New Madrid earthquake of 1811.  They bring that up because, at least one planetary observer claims that the period of December 17 through 23 will have planetary alignments, which he claims may be conducive to more frequent and more powerful earthquakes on this planet.  This is not astrology.  It simply measures the angle of alignment as if you were observing from the surface of the sun.  Just one more thing to keep track of.

Back on 9 September, Cashin warned of increased earthquake activity just hours before a major earthquake struck off of the coast of Costa Rica.

Read: Doomsday is when, again? The world will end in 2012, 2023, 2026… >

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