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 Charted Viewpoint

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(Note: This is an abbreviated version of the original article on

Well It didn’t take long (a new all time never before seen in the history of mankind always fuels this) before not only did I once again begin receiving smirks from others in regards to my thoughts on the financial markets, but a few thought they would jab a few elbows my way adding that maybe I should not have been so forth coming, or so quick to write my thoughts on what Tony Robbins had been expressing. For as one person said to me “You seem to have a little egg on your face.” (more…)

Junk Call Killer

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Over the past year or so, the number of “junk” phone calls that are coming has gone sky-high. It’s worse during political season, of course, but even besides that, the number of air duct cleaners, carpet cleaners, home remodelers, and all manner of other service organization seems to have my number and just loves to call it.

A few months ago, I got a Digitone Call Blocker Plus to quell this nuisance. I wanted to mention this because a few minutes ago I got my third sales call of the day, and I bet plenty of Slopers have to deal with this as much as I do. It’s a wonderful feeling to press the “Block” button and know that a given caller can’t get through again. It’s like whack-a-mole, but it’s way better than just putting up with it!

Stocks Adjusted for ‘Inflation’ and for Gold

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[edit] Post veers at little at the end, may require a couple reads…

[edit2] Attn: Subscribers, material dovetails with market analysis in #318

[edit3] Charts are quite large; click for full size

MarketWatch announces that the US stock market is back to the ‘real’ highs of the last secular bull market, prior to the bubble blow out. Here is the Dow adjusted for CPI, finally paying back investors after a 14 year debit in ‘real’ terms.

indu.cpi (more…)