nr intv feng shui and year of the snake_00042909.jpg
Feng Shui Index offers 2013 predictions
05:40 - Source: CNN

In this analysis, CNN Newsroom anchor Andrew Stevens examines the financial fortunes prophesied for 2013 on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Follow Andrew on Twitter.

Story highlights

Hong Kong group CLSA has released its Feng Shui Index for 2013

It is going to be a great year for people born in the Year of the Rooster, Dogs or Ox (Cow)

If you are a Pig, Goat (Sheep), Tiger or Snake, it's best to fast forward to 2014

The past five years of the Snake have been marked by inauspicious events

If were born in the year of the Rooster, here’s something to crow about: You are in for a “ss-super” 2013. Likewise, it’s going to be a strong year if you’re a Dog or an Ox.

Too bad, however, if you’re a Snake.

On Sunday we say farewell to the Dragon and welcome the Year of the Snake.

For the occasion, the Hong Kong brokerage CLSA has brought out its annual Feng Shui Index. Now in its 19th year, the index is a guide to your investment decisions – specifically how the benchmark Hong Kong Hang Seng Index will perform – over the next 12 months, based on the ancient Chinese art (or science, if you prefer) of feng shui.

Geomancers predict the markets will start out strong but run into trouble in July.
How last year's Feng Shui Index predictions compared to Hong Kong's Hang Seng actual performance.

If you are wondering what that entails, this report consults the experts on bazi (fortune charts), wu-xing (five-element theory) and xuan kong (flying stars).

CLSA itself describes the report as a light-hearted exercise. But before anyone dismisses this as a mere marketing ploy or mystical mumbo-jumbo, take a look at last year’s forecast. It is a pretty close match to how the Hang Seng actually performed.

The brokerage has a team of about six people plus feng shui masters – they won’t say who they are – working on the report for several months leading up to the publication.

What do the geomancers say? First the good news. It will be a good year for the Hang Seng, particularly in the first half and March is flagged as a standout month. It’s interesting that March is also the month that the U.S. Congress has to deal with the debt-ceiling.

After June the ride gets much rougher and more volatile. A trading opportunity perhaps?

The CLSA index also looks at health, relationships and work for the year to come. If you were born in the year of the Rooster, Dog or Ox (Cow), it is going to be a great year, says the report.

If you are a Pig, Goat (Sheep), Tiger or Snake, it’s best to fast forward to 2014. Interestingly, those with the same birth sign as the year sign invariably have bad years.