Category Archives: Slopers

Your Brain

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I got an interesting email yesterday:

I’m a new member – and I love your site! I’ve trade stocks through my own account for years and I feel your site is a truly great resource –  which brings me to why I’m directly contacting you:  I’ve recently partnered with the University of Illinois to research what goes into a trader’s decision when they look at charts. Specifically what part of their brain is involved – and conversely what part of their brain is actually better at it.  The first test is helping establish a baseline and it involves picking a stock direction when looking at an anonymous chart – the respondent is only given one second to decide – which eliminates the participation of the prefrontal cortex. These decisions will be made with the brain stem only (subconscious). The reason I’m asking for your help is that I need participants who have spent an unhealthy amount of time looking at stock charts – thousands of hours – and I was hoping you’d have an idea about how best to reach them. I will share the results of the study with anybody who participates and none of their information will be shared or used for anything other than analyzing the results. I’ve included the link to the test (it takes about three minutes to complete) and would really appreciate any help or suggestions you have for getting it out to the community.

I readily agreed and took the survey myself, and it’s fun. Here’s the link……….. 

Dual Charts and SlopeCharts

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As most of you know, SlopeCharts is the web-based charting platform I created after the death of my former creation, ProphetCharts (killed by its purchaser, Ameritrade). I am exceptionally pleased with SlopeCharts, and I use it every day as the basis of both my trading and my writing.

SlopeCharts already satisfies all my needs, and for a while I figured I’d just leave it be and continue on my merry way. However, I made a decision recently to double down on my investment in this platform and add a lot of features that users have been requesting. Some of these features will be exclusive for PLUS users, and other features will be accessible by everyone.

I am pleased to announce the first of these new features now, and it is a PLUS exclusive: Dual Charts. This allows you to observe two charts at the same time, each with its own y-axis. Using it is a snap – – just enter the two symbols you want to chart, separated by a comma (such as AMZN,TSLA):

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New Introduction Video

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I’ve just finished the new Slope of Hope introduction video, and I’d like you to watch it. My main motivation in doing this is to make sure I haven’t missed anything big. This thing was way more work than I imagined (particularly the voiceover), so I’m really hoping I’ve covered the bases! But if I’ve missed anything, please tell me, because I want this to be informative, instructional, and interesting…………..and I really hope even long-time Slopers learn one or two new things! I look forward to your feedback.

Need Help with Flow

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I could use a bit of help, and I’m willing to pay for it (kind of).

A few days ago, when I sought to test out the new “sharing” feature in SlopeCharts, I did something I haven’t had a need to do in years – – – created a new profile. After all, if I wanted to test out a system meant for sharing, I had to have a second account to use. So I logged off my normal account, went to the home page, and entered the information to create a new account:

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Share and Share Alike

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Yesterday, I let my Slope PLUS subscribers know about a feature in SlopeCharts that I built exclusively for them. Specifically, the ability to publish and subscribe to the watch lists of other users (and the charts therein, including the drawn objects for each chart). You can learn all about it on this page.

Here are a few relevant screen shots below. if you’ve been on the fence about subscribing to PLUS, this might just be what convinces you, since it’s just about the coolest thing ever. Again, you can learn all the particulars on this page.

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