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.

Considering Your Options (by Trish)

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This is pretty basic but maybe useful to some small portion of the Slope community.

I’ve been trading options with money in a smallish account for about 11 years. It isn’t small because I have never made money, but because I routinely transfer profits over a certain dollar amount into another “leg” of our investments. I have a larger, conservatively invested account with my husband and I make decisions on it much less often. It is designed to grow slowly. My options trading account is for making money in a higher risk trade, generating income and hedging during downturns in the overall market, downturns large enough to be considered a bear market, or during a recession. It is a way to capitalize on movement up or down in a stock, even to enhance profit one makes on a long-term stock owned.

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The Joy of Charting

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I am pleased to announce my newest book, available presently only for Kindle readers: Joy of Charting. Unlike my printed books, which are typically like sixty dollars, this one is all of $2.99 (which is the lowest possible price Amazon even allows). For any of you the slightest bit interested in charting or SlopeCharts, please give it a read, since it costs less than a cup of coffee and hopefully will do you a lot more good in the long-term.

For your folks without a Kindle, a print book will be coming early next year, and I’ll certainly let you know about it here.

US Real Estate Sector Nosedive

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Note from Tim: I realize today’s an all-green day, but I wanted to share this post from SB in any event, since the big picture hasn’t changed.

Further to my post of December 17, the percentage of S&P Real Estate stocks above their 200-day moving average has dropped below 50% to 37.5% (as of Friday’s close), as shown on the following graphic. At 50% on that date, it was the “last man standing,” apart from Utilities.

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Two Sensational Successes

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We’ve all heard about “the one that got away”; well here are two. I used to talk about these two ideas so frequently that I got embarrassed about it. The rationale for both was the same: an analog. My view was that each of these stocks would ape their behavior between 2006 and 2009. In both cases, this has come sensationally true, and even I am amazed. I confess I didn’t actually partake in these beauties, but I hope a few of you did.

Pier One
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Pearls Before Swine

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Some of you may have heard of the subreddit known as WallStreetBets (WSB), which is basically a forum on reddit where a bunch of inexperienced twenty-somethings gamble away their meager savings by “trading” on the Robinhood platform and sharing their collapsing equity graphs, which they refer to as “loss porn.” It’s kind of a psychotic place for beginning degenerate gamblers to commiserate.

I find the site kind of amusing, and in the spirit of contribution, I offered up the same chart on their site as I did here on Slope (this is from the start of December). I titled the chart “You Are Here”:

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