Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Portugal…The Eurozone “Poor Relative”

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Below are several charts and graphs (available at www.Stockcharts.com) comparing the German DAX, French CAC, Portuguese PSI, and Greek GRDOW Indices over three different time periods.

The first two are taken over the past three months. We can see on these that although the DAX and CAC began to rally in November, Greece continued to drop until last week, and Portugal has basically moved sideways from November.

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Captain First, Then Rats! (by Mark St. Cyr)

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The disgraceful actions taken by the Captain of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia once again remind us that there are people in places of authority regardless of the stellar credentials they may have are nothing more than poor examples of vermin. (My apologies to vermin everywhere)

In the wake of the despicable actions displayed by the captain, it seems that many in the crew were just as easily persuaded that responsibility for passengers ended as soon as something endangered them. All of this so deplorable as to the sanctity of trust it makes one wonder if we can take any refuge in thinking maybe, just maybe, I can put my faith here. It’s starting to seem more and more you can’t.

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What Can We Expect from a Euro Rally? (by Closing Basis)

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Ok, so if the rest of you are anything like me, you're wondering where the market is going to go when it is at bullish extremes and screaming for a sell off/pullback, yet at the same time, it looks like the Euro is getting ready to rally and the US bonds getting ready to sell off which should encourage further upside in the indices.

 So, I threw together a 3yr comparison between the S&P500, TLH (10yr notes), and FXE (Euro ETF).  I've made some interesting and consistent observations so check it out.

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