Every now and then, some company will produce a commercial that’s designed to stir up nostalgia and humor among the masses: typically, the commercial will be pushing cars, or soft drinks, or some other consumer item, and it will show cliched scenes from decades past. For each crowd shot of each decade, everyone – and I mean everyone – will confirm rigidly to whatever stereotype exists for that decade. So the 60s crowd will all be hippies and flower-power, the 70s will have everyone disco dancing, the 80s will have everyone playing Rubiks Cubes and Pac Man, the 90s will have everyone dressed for a grunge concert…….. (more…)
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 year 2014 has been very good to gold, but I think it may be getting ready to soften; we’re heading for a trio of reasons: (1) the Fibonacci retracement; (2) that descending trendline; (3) matching the most recent important high in late October 2013.
I’ve mentioned here and there what a nightmare – – I’m talking Kafka-esque, living hell, nightmare – – it has been to deal with the broken, malfunctioning, poorly-planned, and poorly-executed labyrinth known as Covered California and Healthnet. Insurance companies are good at TWO THINGS: (1) collecting premiums (2) saying no to making payments. It’s an amazing business, and it’s no surprise these stocks do nothing but go up. What a scam. (more…)
Stage Stores is having a very strong day – up about 15% right now – but I think it’s pushing itself into a terrific short setup. If we can take that blue trendline I’ve drawn below, I believe this is a very attractive risk/reward ratio, given the breaks we’ve seen over the long-term: