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.

Metallic Amigos Ride Into 2020

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At the dawn of what is going to be a hyper-interesting year in the markets and in society, let’s see what the lovable and goofy Amigos have to say. As usual, we’ll use gold and silver daily charts and a copper daily along with a longer-term view with a weekly chart for the Economic Ph.D. metal.

The charts are the metals futures (click ’em for a larger, clear view), live when I clipped them a little while ago. The caveat with the metals as with macro markets in general is that it is still Santa silly season and so the signals are suspect to whatever degree you put weight on that.

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Psychology of Trading, Part 6

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Compulsion to Repeat

Sigmund Freud was the first to recognize that some people behave not out of a desire to seek pleasure, but out of a “compulsion to repeat.”  This theory details how some people endlessly repeat patterns of behavior that are associated with difficult or traumatic events in their lives, particularly early life.  In this article we will take a modern day look at Freud’s repetition compulsion.  Denise Shull, in the below paper, details how today’s neuroscience intersect with Freud’s “compulsion to repeat”.  Let’s take a look.

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