Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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What Nailed the Bottom?

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As I type this, the markets have surged yet again, thanks to more backpedaling from the President. I pulled the charts for this post before this latest surge, but the purpose is the same: what indicators were most helpful in nailing the bottom we saw in mid-August? I offer some SlopeCharts below, with remarks captioned for each.

Dow Jones Composite with the slowest possible Bollinger Bands seems quite good for both extremes
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XVIII

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On this solemn day, I wanted to republish what I wrote on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Here it is:

Today the entire nation will be transfixed on the tenth anniversary of the vicious attacks on the United States. And rightly so, as the events of that day permanently altered the history and trajectory of our nation.

I just did a search of my email archives for anything written that day, and I was surprised to actually find some items. I was, on that morning, in front of my screen at home making sure – as I always did – that all the systems were running smoothly at my company, Prophet.net

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Bonds Ready to Rally?

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I think this market has been providing many investors with whipsaw and head aches, which has also caused much head scratching.  (And, yes, that little itch may be telling you something).

Back in November of 2018, no one even considered the possibility of a bond rally because the Fed was raising rates.  And, recently, no one even considered the possibility of any type of top in bonds because the Fed is now lowering rates. Has anyone considered that maybe the Fed does not control the bond market?  (See my prior articles for thoughts on this).

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