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.

Don’t Forget About I Bonds!

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While most of us are adjusting to the current economic climate, a Federal government saving initiative is growing traction in recent days. To our surprise, the United States Series I Bonds are considered a major leap forward for inflation-secured investments. While the government is throwing its weight behind it, analysts have suggested those looking to save up for their pensions do so too.

Retirees and young investors are now considering the remarkable returns they can receive from Series I Bonds. With 7.12% interest, these bonds mature for up to 30 years, and can be easily redeemed after the first 12 months. An attractive option many are now considering after the recent jump of inflation.

Yet, so many of us have disregarded these bonds, and of the $21 trillion invested in federal bonds, only $46 billion are made up of Series I Bonds.

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The Finest Financials

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The most important event this week (unless something extraordinary happens) is pre-market on Friday when the CPI number hits. That is probably the true “make or break” moment for the market for the rest of 2021. Just in case inflation continues to come in hot, financial stocks could flip lower in a big hurry. Below are ten charts I’ve plucked out for you in this sector that I think are worth a look.

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