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.

A Call for Decorum

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With a week to go to the election, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the week ahead of us and how I’d like this community to comport itself.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”. Almost everyone here has a mask, in the respect that they are essentially anonymous. This can, at times, cause people to act out. I am guilty of this on occasion, although I think I’ve done much better lately.

Simply stated, let’s try to keep our passions private and the information we share to be helpful, interesting, and illuminating. No need for personal attacks. No need for chest thumping. No need for nastiness. I have privately written to some folks that were feeling particularly strongly, and their responses have been courteous and positive.

Emotions will be running hot. Let’s all double-down on our self control. After all, that’s a crucial skill for a trader, no matter what. I’ll try to lead by good example. We are about to move to a historical pivot point.

Trade Data Project

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The first release of Virtual Trading is humming along smoothly, and as people are using the system, the data set is beginning to grow. This is where things get fun.

As more and more trade data is created, we get a witch’s brew of profits, losses, trading strategies, and other information that’s going to be a lot of fun to slice ‘n’ dice. It also gives one the opportunity in SlopeCharts to see their actual trades in the context of a chart (the example below shows how I made a profit on my NKE puts – – aren’t I smart??? – – only to close it out before the options went into oh-my-God-profitable mode.)