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Behold the Data Panel

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I am absolutely thrilled to announce an improvement to SlopeCharts that I believe will be transformative: the Data Panel.

Now, on the surface, some of you may look at this thing and say: “So what?” Perhaps you aren’t as zealous about SlopeCharts as I am. But, I can assure you, it’s a big deal.

Those of you who have played with SlopeCharts even a little bit know that, to date, the leftmost portion of the product was dedicated to watch lists. That is still the case, but now we’ve transformed it into an area that can hold all kinds of information. Here’s a taste:



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Allow me to start off what is intended as an economic musing by referring to a favorite comic of mine, Patton Oswalt. He has a fairly new bit in which he explains the Trump phenomenon as a totally understandable response to the Obama presidency.

The political pendulum in America, deep in the throes of the financial crisis, had swung so far that the United States elected its first black President, and a rather progressive one. After eight years of that, the “mirrored” response was to elect a political novice known principally as the billionaire star of a reality television show.

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