I find this single image both plain and fascinating. Make of it what you will.
Someone asked me on Twitter if I’d seen a surge in subscriptions lately. I sure have! It’s either feast or famine for me. Along with this fantastic selloff, which has done wonders for my portfolio, my little business of Slope is also thriving!
So in order to encourage more of you to subscribe (you can learn about the PLUS membership here), I have added yet another two cool new features to SlopeCharts: Unadjusted Data and Earnings Information.
As most of you know, the chart data is back-adjusted to take into account splits and dividends. This means the chart avoids the kinds of “gaps” you might see if you just blithely chained the historical price data today. However some people WANT unadjusted data, perhaps to review historical trades at the prices they really took place at, etc. I’m pleased to say you can now choose between adjusted and unadjusted data with a simple checkbox in the Preferences:
As the Slope of Hope approaches its 13th birthday, it’s important to note that one of the most important aspects of the site – – indeed, probably THE most important aspect – – has been the comments section. Whereas the comments is an afterthought on most sites, or perhaps garners a handful of remarks for every post, Slope has gathered up literally MILLIONS of comments during the course of its lifetime (only about 10% of which are BDI telling us to blow him).
One of the oddities of Slope, which has almost become a meme, is how folks will have discussions and comments that have absolutely nothing to do with whatever post I’ve created. I was reminded of this when I did the prior post, which is a reflective, mildly-humorous post that should garner a lot of feedback, memories, and banter. Instead, people just kept talking about whatever they were talking about. That’s fine by me, but it leads me to a question that’s been on my mind……….. (more…)
During Slope’s nearly thirteen year history, dozens of people have contributed posts to the site. Although I’ve written most of the 20,000+ posts here, the contributions from others besides me has brought tremendous benefit, including:
- Providing diverse thought and opinion – so that not every post is about shorting every financial instrument that has a ticker symbol;
- Allowing me to focus on other activities, such as SlopeCharts development
- Occasionally allowing me to have some semblance of a life outside Slope
If you have wanted to try Slope PLUS out but were waiting for a coupon, it’s your lucky day (and I’ve just put up what I think is an interesting post about market targets today). I do not issue coupons frequently. In fact, if you look at how often I’ve issued coupons for PLUS, you can see the trend is pretty clear:
2013 – 8 times
2014 – 6 times
2015 – 3 times
2016 – 2 times
2017 – 1 times
In case you are not familiar with the benefits of a PLUS membership (besides just being a good sport and supporting my hard work for the past dozen years), they are listed here. PLUS subscribers also get a variety of exclusive privileges with SlopeCharts, and that list is going to be getting much longer now that I’ve got a full-time person working on it. (more…)
A good friend of mine (a Sloper from Mexico, and a very cool fellow overall) sent me the chart below, which illustrates the biggest drop in the S&P 500 for any given year, going way back to when Teddy Roosevelt was in office. In case anyone didn’t mention it to you already, 2017 is the most godawful year so far (for bears) in that entire century, since its drawdown is the puniest ever.