The Foundation serves as a clearinghouse for the research of scholars and scientists, as well as nonprofessional investigators in cyclic behavior. The Foundation’s principle activities lie in three areas:
The Foundation’s research program aims to isolate, record, classify, catalog, compare, project, and monitor significant cycles in time series data with the use of computer analysis and the latest statistical techniques. Results are regularly reported in Cycles Magazine, and occasionally are issued separately as special reports. The Foundation also updates past analyses using current data.
The most extensive selection of unique computerized statistical data found anywhere in the world is maintained by the Foundation. Many series are exclusive to the Foundation, which is continually enlarging its database of statistical series. The Foundation’s “catalog” of more than 4,300 definitive cycles, recorded by length and by discipline, is updated regularly.
Communication and Education
Cycles Magazine (ISSN 0011-4294) has been published continuously since June of 1950 to disseminate the Foundation’s research to its members. The Journal of Interdisciplinary Cycle Research, published since 1970, provides a forum for more technical papers. The Foundation also maintains an extensive catalog of publications on cycles and related subjects that are available for purchase.
A cycle is a rhythmic fluctuation that repeats over time with reasonable regularity. When it is sufficiently regular and persists over a long enough span of time, it cannot reasonably be the result of chance. And the longer a non-chance rhythm continues, the more predictable it becomes.
This theory can be applied to any life form to understand its nature and its predictable behaviors.
The following principles of cyclic behavior have been developed at the Foundation:
Rhythmic cycles are a characteristic of more than 500 different phenomena.
Cycles persist without change of period for as far back as there are data.
After distortion, cycles will revert to the pre-distortion pattern.
Cycles of any period tend to have counterparts in other phenomena, and even in other disciplines.
Timing of cycles suggests a geographical pattern, regardless of phenomena.
Cycles of the same period tend to synchronize, or crest at the same calendar time, regardless of phenomena.
These factors suggest that the natural world is subject to powerful forces that trigger fluctuations in various phenomena. An identical rhythm in different phenomena implies an interrelationship, or common cause. The knowledge of predictable, repetitive patterns is a valuable tool in the scientific projection of many different phenomena.
While cycles have an ancient history, the science of studying modern financial cycles began over a hundred and fifty years ago in the early 19th century. However, serious study of financial cycles did not begin until after the American stock market crash of 1929.
Currently, the Foundation is applying its knowledge and database to the study of other natural cycles that will alter how the world perceives its own universe.