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.

On The Eve Of Revolution (by TnRevolution)

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Whatever the news or headlines that may be approaching, the charts speak for themselves.
Let's take a look at the Russell 2000 first. The Russell has yet to breach it's 2011 high, remaining underneath the downward sloping trendline coming off the 2011 top. It also shows a beautiful 5 wave pattern down from May 2011 – October 2011, followed by an A-B-C correction up from October 2011 – February 2012. Notice the double negative MACD divergence showing. Daily stochastics are becoming oversold, so I would expect selling early this week, a test of the trendline coming up off the October low, and then a modest bounce before heavy selling begins.




Insurance Shell Games (by Springheel Jack)

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Two of the most interesting charts to watch at the moment are the charts for the Dow and TRAN indices. I posted my divergence chart on Friday morning with the short term wedges marked in, and posted the separate close-up short term charts on twitter. The Dow rising wedge is showing definite signs of breaking down and that's something to watch today. Here's the combined bigger picture chart again:


Looking Back At Last Week’s Mini ‘Flash Crash’ In Gold

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Looking Back At Last Week's Gold 'Flash Crash'

Hello fellow Slopers,

Reviewing last week's Slope posts, I noticed Gary Tanashian's bullish guest take on gold last Wednesday ("Why Gold & Why Now?"). Gary reiterated the long-term bullish case for gold in the wake of Tuesday's sell-off. In this weekend's FT, John Dizard's column on the sell off ("Gold flash crash rouses suspicions of witchraft") offered some support for the bullish case, to the extent that it suggested last Tuesday's shock likely wasn't a harbinger of another significant correction.

Dizard's columns are usually worth reading in full, and this one is no exception, but this was his argument in a nutshell: Dizard cited research by fixed income strategist David Goldman. who noted that gold and TIPS are both highly correlated, since “they are both deep out of the money options on catastrophic changes in the price level”; since TIPS didn't react nearly as strongly as gold on Tuesday, Goldman argued that indicated the sell-off in gold wasn't that significant.

Neverthless, for gold longs who want to hedge their bets, at the bottom of this post I've included a screen capture of the optimal puts to hedge the gold-tracking ETF GLD against a greater-than-20% drop over the next several months. Before that, though, a quick reminder about optimal puts, and a look at how the cost of hedging GLD fluctuated last Tuesday, before and after Bernanke moved the markets.

About Optimal Puts

Optimal puts are the ones that will give you the level of protection you want at the lowest possible cost. Portfolio Armor (available on the web and as an Apple iOS app) uses an algorithm developed by a finance Ph.D. to sort through and analyze all of the available puts for your position, scanning for the optimal ones.

Hedging GLD With Optimal Puts Last Tuesday — Before And After Bernanke

By coincidence, I happened to look at the cost of hedging GLD Tuesday morning, prior to the Bernanke excitement. I tweeted this from the Portfolio Armor account at the time:

Less than two hours later I noted that the cost of hedging GLD against a greater than 20% drop (from its then-lower price) had jumped more than 50%: