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 “A” Team

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What’s Tim going to do on a day with another lifetime high on the S&P 500? Offer up short ideas, of course! Well, that’s my choice, isn’t it? After all, I could sell into insane strength, or I could buy stocks at prices never seen before in human history, hoping there’s someone even more insane who will pay more later. I dunno. I’m going with the former. For better or worse, here are four cool short ideas, each of which share one financially-irrelevant characteristic: their tickers all start with the letter “A”. (more…)

If HFT Algo’s Were People They’d Be Perp Walked

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Suddenly the world is a buzz with the revelations that High Frequency Trading (HFT) may be doing more than actually harming the markets, it might be destroying the illusion they still are markets.

This past Sunday the world at large was introduced that maybe, just maybe, something was amiss in the financial markets. However, anyone with more than a passing interest in business, finance, and a little common sense could feel in their gut that something just wasn’t copacetic.

Between the Federal Reserves massive QE experiment amplified by the arms race of algorithmic technologies (aka HFT) to shave off a piece of that pie for themselves has been nothing more than breathtaking. (more…)

TurnIt McDermott

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I first started mentioning McDermott International (MDR) eleven months ago when it was about a $10 stock. It has been a bumpy right up and down since then, but on the whole, it has moved lower. As I’m typing this, it’s down about 6%, and I continue to feel that, ultimately, it’s going to be a lot lower. Below I’ve put up a long-term daily chart as well as a close-up view (the tinted zone in the larger chart) so you can see the recent gap-down action. (more…)