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.

The Letter of the Day

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Since it appears the loftiest thing the citizens of the United States can seem to discuss is either

(a) which Mario Kart character the POTUS’ wanger most closely resembles; or

(b) whether or not two felt puppets are actually gay or not (see image to the right)

Then I guess I’d better just repeat what I did yesterday and sing The Alphabet Song. Or, more precisely, share with you what I thought were interesting charts as I thumbed through my ETF watch list from A to Z. Some will be repeats from yesterday, and some others will not.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in the action on Tuesday. Although I’ve been through enough disappointment to not get excited about a big double-digit drop on both ES and NQ during nighttime trading, even I wasn’t cynical enough to think that ratcheting up the trade war would actually push markets to lifetime highs in some cases. And yet that’s precisely what happened.

So here we go again.

First off we have commodities, by way of DBA. In spite of oil’s crazy strength in recent months, my view is that commodities in general are more inclined to weakness than continued strength for the balance of the year. (more…)

Changing of the Guard

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If we can take a break from the massive trade wars (and, umm, the dreadful damage it’s clearly doing to equity markets), I thought this bit was amusing. It shows actual footage of the changing of the guards at Arlington, except enhanced a bit with audio. The visuals are totally authentic. The sounds just make it funny.