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.
I get emails all the time from folks asking me to promote their site or their business. I always feel sort of used when I get these, since the person doesn’t have any relationship with me and just wants some free publicity.
I received an email recently, though, from a long-time reader which struck a chord with me. He wasn’t asking for promotion – – – he was just seeking maybe an idea or two about marketing. But I felt what he was doing was so sincere, I wanted to share it with you here. Here’s the email in its entirety, although I’ve boldfaced some particular bits:
Let me first say a big thank you. I became aware of Slope during the 08/09 crisis and have followed it ever since. I don’t post often but I read the articles every day.
Since I’m near Ft. Worth, Texas right now, I thought I’d give this post an appropriate theme.
This weekend I wanted to focus on exchange traded funds (ETFs), since they are sporting some pretty interesting patterns lately. I’ll do five today and another five tomorrow.
The first one of these ten is the only disappointing one to me, and that is the “diamonds”, which are based on the Dow 30 Industrials. The DIA had formed what was – and I’m using the past-tense, please note – a beautiful diamond topping pattern. I try to avoid using “rubber trendlines”, since I want my graphs to have integrity, so I’ll show you below how this pattern has been violated and is probably at this point rendered moot.
It’s nearly 2 in the morning, and I’ve just arrived in Dallas, having flown here from San Francisco. On the flight over, I got a chance to read a new book that my publisher (John Wiley) just sent to me. The book is called The Committee to Destroy the World: Inside the Plot to Unleash a Super Crash on the Global Economy, and in spite of its splashy, dramatic title, it’s a serious book by a widely-respected economist named Michael Lewitt.