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.

Economic Contraction Road Map

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Just a friendly reminder from your friends here at that we are in an economic contraction, not an expansion when viewing the big picture. Indeed, it is this site that has highlighted the little post-2012 expansion more vigorously than any other bearish leaning entity that I have seen, and earlier than most bullish entities I might add.

That was because of the Semiconductor Equipment ramp up → Palladium-Gold ratio → ISM upturn → Jobs upturn continuum we have been on. But that is a positive cycle within a much larger cycle that is very negative. Here’s the updated view of counter cyclical gold vs. cyclical commodities, which may be starting its next up turn. (more…)

Everyone Should Do This

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Attention, businesses of the world: I understand your rationale for getting phone numbers like 1-0722-oxi800-RAW-MEAT or 1-888-4-KIBBLE, but as a favor to your fellow citizens, could you please, every time, also put the pure digital equivalent? Because I think I can safely speak for the rest of the planet that squinting at phone buttons, looking for letters one at a time to spell your stupid mnemonic is a big pain in the ass.