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.

When The Volatility Stars Align

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Last week I posted a veritable PhD dissertation on the VXX (j/k) which, despite my efforts to spiff it up with my notorious teutonic humor, remained relatively unnoticed. With retail gobbling up put positions with both hands as usual, it appears the most important volatility event of the quarter once again has been largely ignored. Fortunately a handful of intrepid IV aficionados (a.k.a. option traders) managed to take full advantage of the situation.


Lead Us Not Into Temptation

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I always feel like I’ve got an arm tied behind my back when I’m traveling. Actually, it’s much worse on a plane. You’d think after all these decades, their WiFi would be rock solid, but it reminds me of the days of modems and acoustic couplers. Totally unreliable.

But I’m doing all right at the moment, since I’m still on firmament. As such, I was nauseated to see on Sunday how all the equities were, once again, puking higher.


This Man is Made of Chalk

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It seems that no matter what the time zone, I wake up at 5 a.m. Thus, I never need an alarm clock

So here I am in arboreal North Carolina, and I saw on ZH a very lengthy letter, anonymously written, about Covid and vaccinations. Given how much eye-rolling I’ve thrown at our own comments section at the obsession over this topic, I read the entire (very long) letter, and I’ve got to say………..there won’t be any more eye-rolling.

As with the chap at ZH who shared it, I have no idea of the source, so I reference the original here (but be warned, there are all kinds of pop-ups and spammy-looking things on that site). Below is the original text, without the 17 pages of footnotes. My sharing of this is really meant to provide a piece which, on its face, appears to be well-researched, thorough, and thoughtful, which is all I’d ask for any point of view.

My name is Spartacus, and I’ve had enough.

We have been forced to watch America and the Free World spin into inexorable decline due to a biowarfare attack. We, along with countless others, have been victimized and gaslit by propaganda and psychological warfare operations being conducted by an unelected, unaccountable Elite against the American people and our allies.

Our mental and physical health have suffered immensely over the course of the past year and a half. We have felt the sting of isolation, lockdown, masking, quarantines, and other completely nonsensical acts of healthcare theater that have done absolutely nothing to protect the health or wellbeing of the public from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.