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.

“Canaries” Look Tired (by Strawberry Blonde)

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I last wrote about what I call the Fed Monetary Stimulus Program "Canaries" in my post of January 11th. I have six of them…namely ETFs compared (by ratio) with their respective Stock Market Index. I chose these in order to determine relative strength/weakness, which may hold clues for further accumulation of riskier assets. At that time, five of the six were poised for a breakout above major resistance levels, and the sixth (European Financials ETF) was picking up steam and outperforming its Index.

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Trade Like An Idiot (by phantomcapital)

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We, as traders, are analytical and intelligent people.  We love numbers, charts, patterns, and correlations.  We are thinkers, always trying to read into
the future of the market, predicting where prices are going, and figuring out
how to profit from these moves.  While
these are great attributes to have, they can often be detrimental to a trader's
success.  Hold on, you ask, how is the
act of thinking bad for trading.  Its
called a trending market; or as I like to call it The Idiot's Tape.  Simply, in a trending market, thinking too
much can be hazardous to a trader's financial health.

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A Trio of After-Hours Drops

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I can't remember the last time I was so uninspired to write about the market. This up/down/up/down insanity is enough to tear your soul out. I'm going to go Fully Lame on you and just show three charts that, after hours, are dropping substantially. I've tinted the zone where they're trading as of this writing.

Yo, guest contributors! Throw your fellow Slopers some content! I cannot be relied upon for anything inspired today!

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North Korean Dreams

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I've long held a morbid fascination with North Korea. I am partly sad, since the evil government of the DPRK suppresses virtually its entire citizenry in a world of torture, prisons, oppression, and starvation. Imagine what a powerhouse a united Korea would be, modeled after Seoul. Samsung would be kicking our ass even farther across the field.

But I am also partly amused at how unwittingly comic their feckless propaganda can be. Their leadership is so brainwashed that it actually believes the fairy-tale they've concocted for themselves, and their latest creation – – apparently created by a porn director from 1975, judging from the production values – – shows their dream of the future, which in a nutshell involves a really lame North Korean space shuttle orbiting a peaceful (and inexplicably cloudless) Earth, with the exception of the United States, which is engulfed in a post-nuclear firestorm. (You can jump to 2:00 in the video if you just want to see Manhattan in flames).

What a heaping slice of dork pie a la mode this is.

An Interesting Divergence

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Beloved 5-Star Sloper "Dollar" pointed out an interesting tidbit in the last post's comment stream:

The divergence in the performance between junk bonds (HYG, JNK) and the S&P (SPY) is a yellow light to stock bulls, says technician Jon Krinksy, as the move resembles those just ahead of previous big selloffs. Another sign: Relative strength might be shifting to Consumer Staples (XLP) from Discretionary (XLY). Are investors bracing for a pullback?

I did a comparison of HYG and SPY; check it out:

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