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.

The Courage Of Your Convictions (by Mark St.Cyr)

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One of the hardest points to make people understand is the reasoning
behind the term I used for the headline. Far too many use this term as
if it means: Making a choice and sticking with it yet, changing it once
your shown new evidence or proven wrong. Actually that’s not it and in
some ways demeans the integrity the mantra is truly meant to imply.

Your grit as it pertains to a decision to do something or not i.e.,
quit smoking, is not the same as a conviction. i.e., I will not steal,
nor be associated with people who do because, if they will steal from
others – they will steal from me.

The example is intentionally broad and simplistic. And there’s many
right now thinking, “Sure, but that impossible in practice.” If that’s
you, I’m sorry to say you’re missing the point. I’ll also state (yes I
am that bold) “Unless you truly understand what it is to live and work
by convictions, you’ve probably had more things happen to you – than you make happen.”


Money Flow for March Week Two (by Strawberry Blonde)

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Further to my last Weekly Market Update, this week's update will look at:


  • 6 Major Indices
  • 9 Major Sectors


6 Major Indices


As shown on the Weekly charts and the percentage gained/lost graph below of the Major Indices, the largest gains were made this past week by the Dow Transports, followed by the Dow Utilities, the Russell 2000, the Dow 30, and the S&P 500. Only the Nasdaq 100 ended with a minor loss.