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.

SlopeCharts Tweaks

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I’m pleased to let SlopeCharts users know there are a couple of minor but helpful improvements we just made.

First, we’ve expanded the number of “quick pick” colors. I use this feature constantly, because it’s so much faster than going into the color palette. It lets you instantly change the color of any drawn object. Just right-click on anything you want to change and pick the color you like.

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Inflation, With a Shelf Life

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The following is excerpted from NFTRH 496‘s US & Global Market Indicators & Internals segment. It took on a life of its own, considering what you see below is not even half the segment, which itself is not usually a primary aspect of the NFTRH service.

For the last few weeks we’ve used the conditions noted in the graphic below as a guide. Well, the ‘inflation trade’ (IT) popped last week and that included cyclical metals (as well as silver) ramming upward vs. gold and TIP rising vs. TLT & IEF.

As for credit conditions, there is little imminently raising caution flags as commercial lending and risk taking (as indicated by high yield junk bonds) continue apace, but the note still stands on the bigger picture as the credit system and money supply are gumming up with the Fed in quantitative and Fed Funds tightening mode while the velocity of money in the economy maintains a secular downtrend. (more…)

Next Bond Breakpoint

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I was a bit concerned on Friday night when Kim Jong Un announced peace and love for all humanity, but equities aren’t exactly blowing through the roof. In fact, the overnight session started with a big pop higher and was red on both the ES and NQ before the open. So as I speculated, it seems war is bullish and peace is bearish.

For now, however, as I’m typing this, ES and NQ are green again, with the S&P 500 up about one-third of a single percentage point. More important to me is bonds, which are down slightly (about one-fifth of a point……….yeah, not exactly a thrilling day here):

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