One of the core features of the Slope of Hope (besides – cough cough – SlopeCharts – cough cough) is its custom-made comments system. Having been online since 1981 myself, I am acutely sensitive to the online community experience, and I’ve tried to build a comments system that reflects those values.
One rather unique feature in it is the ability to ignore anyone. This has improved the social atmosphere here tremendously, since people are spared reading the thoughts or those who, for whatever reason, rub them the wrong way. For all these years, if a given individual was ignored, then their comment would not appear, although their name and a blue line would:
There are a lot of newcomers on Slope these days (the vast majority of them lurkers – – that is, folks that don’t participate in the comments section but, as with Playboy, are here just for the articles). I thought I’d mentioned a few features here on Slope that some of you may not be aware existed……
SocialTrade – see that continuously-flowing banner of images at the top of the blog? Those are the latest entries from SocialTrade, which is sort of like a Pinterest product I created for financial information. The best place to start is the Browse Stacks page, but you can access any SocialTrade features from that dropdown menu at the top. There is even an iPhone app that lets you access the many thousands of items people have stacked over the years. Finally, there are some videos I put together that make SocialTrade easy to grasp.
A carton of eggs. The product of the first three factorials. Units of time. The number of months in a year. The largest number with a single-syllable name in English. Twelve is a many-wondered thing.
It also happens to be, as of today, the number of years Slope of Hope has existed. As I’ve explained before by way of Patton Oswalt’s brilliant routine, not every birthday should be celebrated. Twelve doesn’t make the cut. Thirteen will.
I will, however, as an homage to what we’ve all built here over the past dozen years, offer up a few relatively obscure links you might not have known about:
I recently received an email from a reader who has been on Slope for nearly a decade and very politely asked me to lighten up on Trump. His letter was well-crafted, well-reasoned, and courteous. I wrote him back, and after doing so, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you, since it doesn’t cross any privacy lines. I wouldn’t want to waste all that typing without making a post out of it. So here goes:
It’s good to hear from you, and I appreciate your readership all these years.
Slope isn’t a political blog, but there is some political talk from time to time, and I certainly use it to express my own point of view.
Note from Tim: Nearly seven years ago, Market Sniper (“Dutch”) wrote a piece called The Very Last Day in One Trader’s Life, a personal tale. In a similar vein, another Sloper, whom has requested anonymity, offers up this autobiographical tale (unlike Dutch’s, which was about a friend), and I am grateful for this thoughtful contribution. I usually embellish posts, including those from outside contributors, with graphics to make them more interesting and approachable, but I am leaving this as an unadorned essay, as originally submitted:
Let’s talk about something dark. Something really dark. This may not be appropriate for a trading blog. This is a story about suicide. A very personal story about failed life expectations, great loss, and how nice guys finish last.
Ever since age 16, I was driven. I had high life goals, school was easy, grades were high, and life was high. Life came easy. I was born with a silver spoon. My parents were not super rich, but very conservative and had zero debt with enough savings to give their children every advantage they could. When I was old enough to drive, my dad gave me a 1979 Chevy. It was an old beater, it didn’t impress girls, but it was mine. I was proud of it. The Chevy taught me a lot about life. I always had a pair of jumper cables handy since that battery was always dead. A lesson, I had not yet realized the importance. There is always option B when things look dire. A backup plan.
Note from Tim: our own Davis Ramsey was kind enough to compose this breakdown of his trading performance. I’d say he’s got Gartman beat!
Conducting a thorough year end review of your trading results is of the utmost importance. While regular monthly reviews are good snapshots and can keep you on the right track, looking back over a full year can show you some important big picture mistakes or successes that you might otherwise overlook.
I want Slope to be exciting and interesting. I want people to seek it out on a daily basis to read what I’ve got to say. But, Good God in heaven almighty, just look what I have to work with these days, people:
That’s the Russell 2000 for the past two months. Day after day after day of going nowhere. Some days a little up. Some days a little down. On the whole: zilch.