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.

A Trio of Charts

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An interesting trading day today, to be sure! The market went rocketing higher, but the damage to my all-short portfolio was never very bad (I came into the day 70% committed in 88 different short positions). As the market started weakening, I pushed into the green, and I stayed there all the way through the close. In spite of the NDX being up and the S&P being virtually unchanged, I enjoyed about a 0.36% gain. I’m not going to argue with that. (more…)


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This post is really just to let you know I’m suddenly quite busy (as you might imagine). I’ve got 99 – count ’em – 99 short positions on. My options account needs a bit of wet-nursing right now. I will say, however, in the moment that I’m taking to do this post, that the folks gobbling up stocks during these “out of nowhere” ascents are going to get tired of being disappointed. Particularly since the latest retard-o-ramp didn’t even manage to push higher than the last one. (more…)

The Steady Riser

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Awkward as it’s been, I’ve been a fan of Groupon’s stock ever since Andrew Mason was given the heave-ho (sort of like how Mark Pincus was booted from his CEO job at Zynga yesterday). The basing formation on this was very clean, and as unlikely as it might have seemed at the time, GRPN has been a steady climber. I wouldn’t buy it here, but if I owned it, I wouldn’t see any good reason to sell, either. (more…)