Things have been going so well in the wonderful world of Slope Plus that I wanted to remind those of you who aren’t subscribed about its features and urge you to subscribe here. I haven’t done this since May, but I’ve created a coupon that chops $29.95 off the price (meaning you can just use it for a month for free, or if you like, just enjoy the discount off the already-discounted annual rate). Just type in the coupon code trickortreat on the subscription page.
An example of the kind of idea I offer up on Slope Plus is shown below, which was posted just a couple of days ago. In the old times, I would have just posted this for everyone, but frankly, whenever I have a really good idea, it goes up behind the pay wall. I was illustrating a fascinating analog going on with high-yield ETFs – in particular, HYG. (more…)
Here’s a fun video I did fifty months ago (yes, Slope is so old, I can toss around times like that with ease). It is a salute to:
+ Slopers, both past and present;
+ My unrelenting narcissism;
+ A barely-concealed martyr complex
If nothing else, the music is good.
I’m a movie buff, a Woody Allen fan, and a lover of analogs, so it’s remarkable it took me this long to make the connection between Slope of Hope and the clip below. There’s no need to over-explain it, but think of me in the role of Woody Allen, Iggy as the part of the conductor, and you can fill in the rest of the Sloper names with the other passengers on the train. As for the party train on which I gaze forlornly – – – maybe that’s the CNBC car.
Slopers and Sloperettes, Mrs. Ig and I would like to cordially invite any and all interested friends to come to Carolina Beach, North Carolina, on Friday, October 10, and/or Saturday, October 11. We have a special guest visiting that week all the way from Denver, Colorado… none other than Slope’s very own ‘The Dude’.
Many of you old-timers know Dude, as he’s a veteran of our little community, and we figured we’d open up our recently acquired vacation home to any Slopers who wish to take a mini-vacation and meet other members of our virtual family while he’s visiting the east coast. And it’s just a good excuse to have a friendly gathering.
This caricature was sent in by Sloper “Pete”, who lives here in the Bay Area. Beautiful!
A few months back, I was looking around for a place to earn some decent interest in this ZIRP environment in which we all find ourselves. I was chatting about this at SlopeFest this summer, and none other than long-time Sloper BKudla said that his business did precisely that. Bob (Yes, the “B” is for Bob) explained how he put together an IRA-friendly business which, by way of mostly commercial real estate lending, threw off very handsome returns (I’m not going to cite precise figures, since I don’t know them now, but I think they are along the lines of 7% or 8% versus, ummm, about 0% at the bank). (more…)