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.

Woven Like a Noose

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I don’t think a single person here needs any more evidence that the Fed is totally, completely, and utterly in control of equity markets. All the same, I wanted to show you a couple of dual SlopeCharts to help drive this point home.

This first one shows the total Fed assets (a figure which used to linger in the lower hundreds of billions and was used to tweak things now and then, but now has grown into a laughable nearly $9 trillion slush fund). You can see how the financial crisis in 2008 was met with an enormous heroin-shot of asset purchases, which at the time took months to take effect.

slopechart FR WALCLSPY

Juicy Energy Shorts

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When the market is falling, it’s easy (and a kick!) to go on and on about how shorting stocks is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. When the market is vomiting higher (as it is at this very moment), it’s very, very tough to mention anything bearish. But here I am. I’m no foul weather friend.

As I’ve mentioned ceaselessly, there’s no sector I am more enthusiastically bearish about than energy, with XLE being my guiding light:

slopechart XLE