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.

Control Is An Illusion

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The pundits and the media were debating for several weeks leading up to the last Fed meeting about what the Fed was going to do and the effect they thought it would have on the market.  And, it amazes that the great majority of the market does not realize how much of a waste of time these debates really are. 

But, as I often note, many market participants and analysts are simply not burdened by the facts.  If they really would review the facts of market history, they would learn that there is no one that can control the market.  PERIOD.

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Chains of Love

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My favorite kind of request to get these days is for a feature which is useful but, to be honest, not super-hard to implement. After all, I like Slopers to be happy, but I’d rather be able to move swiftly on their requests!

Here is a good example. I recently got a request to make options chains sortable by strike. In other words, they are normally shown with lowest strikes at the top and most expensive at the bottom. This is still the default, but now you can make a choice on our options chain page (available to all premium members, from Bronze to Diamond). One other note: if you are logged in to your brokerage via Slope’s integration, it will draw real time quotes from that feed.

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Break of America

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Some interesting “pivots” happening in the world of banking stocks, such as Bank of Montreal (BMO). One in particular that caught my eye this morning was megacap Bank of America (BAC) which has been pounding out a series of higher highs and higher lows since the depths of the financial crisis. It seems to have stalled at the red horizontal, however, and this morning we’re seeing an intriguing flip lower.