Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Retail Rolls

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Thank you kindly to those of you who tried to help me out with the last post (I’m in good shape with Excel now; clearly my brain has turned to mush). I’m having a good day and a good week – – the best week in ages, actually! Part of it is that retail is rolling over. I think this is the start of something bigger. As for the seasonality and the Santa Claus Rally. The rules have changed.

Nietzsche was wrong. God lives. Santa is dead.

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Options Portfolio Question

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I’m going to be a lazy bum and take advantage of my pulpit here and ask a selfish question: where can I get a application or a web page that lets you track options positions in real time?

You may find it bizarre that I am asking this, but I discovered to my horror this morning that my Merrill Edge portfolio is delayed data, and they can’t provide real time (I know, right??) So I want to be able to manually type in my positions somewhere so I can see – – ya know – – ACTUAL DATA!. Any suggestions out there, folks?


Pleasant Awakening

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While I normally get up at precisely 5:30 each morning (no alarm clock; thank you, circadian rhythm!) I had to wake up at 5 this morning for a phone call. Before heading downstairs, I glanced at the futures, and I was delighted to see that in spite of them being all in disgusting lifetime record high territory when I went to bed, they were almost all red. In particular, crude oil – – which has been an obsession for weeks, as you know – – was getting completely smushed.