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.

Q&A Forum Overview

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The Q&A Forum is a user-created knowledge-base that resides here on the Slope of Hope. The questions users pose, and the answers that other users provide, provides a mechanism for retaining the most valuable part of the comment stream in a manner that dispenses with the ephemeral nature of comments.

Anyone registered on the comments system can pose a question (which, in order to be useful, should be trading-related and not time-sensitive). Simply click the Question radio button and enter the question.

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At this point, your Unanswered Question is in the comments stream. People can click Reply to provide an answer. The default form of a reply is an Answer, although they can also click the Comment radio button if they’d simply like to say something about the question, as opposed to offering a suggested answer. Please note the Categorize button appears only for moderators, so don’t be puzzled that you don’t see it.

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When a moderator gets around to categorizing the question, you’ll see the category as shown below, and you can click on the hyperlinks to go to that category (or sub-category) to see all the questions.

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Any number of people can offer answers to a given question, and it is a vital role of Slopers to provide both questions and answers in this forum. As the answers accumulate, they are all listed as Possible Answers.

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There are two entities that can deem an answer as “Best” – (1) the moderators, or (2) the person who posed the question in the first place. So if you posed the question, you can choose your favorite answer among all those offered by clicking the Best Answer button. Once you had done so, the “Unanswered Question” becomes a “Question”, the best answer becomes the “Selected Answer”, and each of the others become an “Alternate Answer”.

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To encourage Slopers to provide answers, unanswered questions will appear throughout the comment stream. You can click on these images in order to provide a suggested answer (and, in doing so, accumulate points to acquire coveted badges).

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You can also check out the entire database of questions and answers by going to this menu item:

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Once there, you will see the categories and their contents.

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Clicking on any category will show you its sub-categories and their contents.

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The more questions and answers we accumulate, the more useful the system will be. I hope using this aspect of the system becomes a regular part of your experience at the Slope of Hope.

The Life Cycle of a SocialTrade Question

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SocialTrade is a user-created knowledge-base that resides here on the Slope of Hope. The questions users pose, and the answers that other users provide, provides a mechanism for retaining the most valuable part of the comment stream in a manner that dispenses with the ephemeral nature of comments.

Anyone registered on the comments system can pose a question (which, in order to be useful, should be trading-related and not time-sensitive). Simply click the Question radio button and enter the question.

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The Only Apple Product that Sucks

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Every time I write about Apple, I feel like I have to do a little preamble about how I don't hate them and how, in fact, I've been an Apple guy for way longer than any of you good people. In sum, I started working at Apple in 1987, I bought the first iPhone and the first iPad on the days of their introduction, and my videos about Steve Jobs border on hero-worship.

Part of my love of Apple, of course, is the astounding amount of passion and polish behind their products. There have been rare exceptions to this. One was the "hockey puck" mouse from the original iMac, shown below. At the time, Jobs bragged about what a great mouse it was, but after a few minutes using it, you pretty much lost all feeling in your hand. It was ergonomically wretched.

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0220-earbudsBut that mouse was killed years ago, and just about all their products, be they the iMac, Powerbook, iPhone, iPad, or whatever else, are outstanding. Except for………the earbuds.

I used to think something must be wrong with my ears, because the damned things just wouldn't stay in. But when I got a pair of third-party earbuds, which fit like a glove, I realized how piss-poor the Apple earbuds were.

So, err, there's no actionable trading idea in this post. But I just wanted to get this off my chest – – or out of my ears, as the case may be – – to tell you that the next time one of the earbuds drops out of your earhole, don't worry that you've got some kind of physical deformity. Apple clearly made these things for some alien creatures and not us.

Introducing SocialTrade

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Here's a little video I put together explaining the basics of the new "Question" feature in the comments system. It's pretty important that you understand it, so please take five minutes to watch the video.

I did this very off-the-cuff, and one topic I didn't address was who deals with categorizing the questions. The answer is: the moderators. You don't have to worry about what category a question belongs within; just pose (good) questions and provide (helpful) answers to the questions of others! Here's the video:

The Marshlands Rocket Analog

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The ancients would use the entrails of a carcass for their predictive powers, but I rely on my model rockets. On Monday, during the throes of the Brussells Greco-salvation, I did my latest launch, and the Euro pretty much played out as the rocket predicted, right down to the woeful admonitions prior to the launch from nearby geese. (Listen as they join the countdown). In any case, I'm expecting the Euro to ultimately end with a thud, just like my cylindrical friend here.

Vix Buy Signal Confirmed (by Springheel Jack)

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I was saying on Friday morning that a lower close on Vix that day would confirm a Vix Buy (equities) Signal, and also a bearish engulfing candlestick on the Vix daily chart. Vix confirmed both on Friday and that very much needs to be borne in mind as a strong warning signal here for equity bears. The situation is more complex than that of course, with the bullish (for Vix) falling wedge giving strong support at the broken upper trendline in the 16 area, but obviously we might well see another retest of that broken wedge resistance in the near future

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