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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Holiday Ribbons

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In celebration of finally getting some stability, I’m pleased to offer you this: perhaps people think the holiday season means the good people behind the Slope of Hope take it easy and relax. Wrong! We’ve got another SlopeCharts feature for you.

One of the most interesting—some might even say beautiful—studies now available in SlopeCharts is known as the Ribbon Study. This study is comprised of any number of moving averages of various periods. You can access it just like all the other technical studies: via the Technical Studies item in the Analysis menu. Click the Ribbon tab to see the parameters:

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