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.


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I did a Slope+ post back on September 6th titled Is Plus Too Cheap? You can probably guess what it is about. I wrote, in part, the following:

I’d like to ask Slope Plus folks a very quick favor: to take literally a moment to fill out a one-question survey. I want to make one point emphatic right now: the price you pay for Slope Plus is NOT going to change. I simply want to take a survey for FUTURE subscribers. So don’t worry about shooting yourself in the foot!

As you’ve probably already gathered, I’m wondering if I am selling Slope Plus too cheaply. I work quite hard on the content, but my brain is kind of stuck in the world of what prices were back in 1985 or so. I still think a plane ticket from SFO to LAX should be about $39, and I’m surprised when it’s five times that much. So I think the same kind of “anchoring” caused me to badly underprice Plus.


Tiki Torched

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I’ve mentioned Pier One (PIR) on Tastytrade and here on Slope many times over the past year as a prospective short, because it has an insane parallel with its performance during the financial crisis. We appear to be in full swing now, and I suspect – as before – this purveyor of tiki torches, throw pillows, herbal tea, and various and sundry crap from around the world will be heading into penny-stock-land once more.