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.

Shorting the Box

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Although this will surely come as a shock to everyone, I am an anal-retentive, neurotic, hung-up, OCD-type who likes things really well-organized. This┬ádeep personality flaw compelled me to create Prophet (since I’m obsessed with data) and has driven me to the brink of insanity from 2009-2013, since the world Stopped Making Sense.

As I’m a neat freak, I figured my trip to The Container Store a few months ago would be a trip to mecca. Not so: because what outranks my obsession with order is cheapness thrift, and what I was confronted by was a huge store full of things that were easily double the price I thought they should have been. That, I suppose, is where their profits come from. (more…)

Waxless Brazilian

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I haven’t been following the elections down in Brazil, but apparently people are ga-ga about Brazilian stocks today. Excellent! You want to know why? Well, I’ll tell you: I thought it might take weeks to repair the damage done to Brazilian stocks, and I was worried that the slow uplift in those stocks would goose up our markets as well. Happily, the entire surge took place within minutes of the opening bell, and I’m ready to terrorize our South American neighbors once again. I am shorting with impunity.