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.

Those Were People Who…..

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This Sunday for many is the most important day of the year. Of course I’m speaking of Easter. For many others it’s just a holiday celebrated with no time off of work. Then there are others who bristle at such a thing and go out of their way to not pay attention to anything religion based. Fair enough, it’s a free country which I believe is one of our great strengths when put into proper perspectives. Only people comfortable with who they are can tolerate or accept others for who they are. At least that’s how I see it.

Regardless if your observance of Easter is religious or not. One thing is irrefutable. This Sunday is based on a death, and what that death means to us. I believe even for the most religious avoiding person alive there have been people we knew, loved, and more that were here today – then gone leaving us wondering why? (more…)

GME – Short Squeeze on a Company Destined to Fail

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Hi Slopers – Real life had kept me from blogging for a while, but this woke me out of the slumber.

Gamestop (GME) – for those of you who aren’t familiar, is a retailer that sells video games and video game accessories. That’s it. If Hank Hill sold technology, this would be his gig.

I’ve worked with retailers for 22 years. I know shoppers habbits and understand certain items almost always require a trip to the store – Apparel, Food and Jewelry are great examples of items that need to be seen /touched / tried on in person rather than over a computer screen.


GLD Versus SPY: An Interesting Divergence

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Hey Fellow Slopers,

I’m still digging into the new Slope, which looks pretty impressive so far. Just thought I’d take a moment to share something that caught my eye about SPY and GLD. Happy Easter to Tim and the Slope community.

GLD versus SPY in Q1

The SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY) dramatically outperformed the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) in the first quarter of 2013, as the chart below illustrates, but, interestingly, GLD is considerably less expensive to hedge over the next several months.