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.

Gold is About Value

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Gold and gold miners have two completely different utilities

Gold is…

A pretty rock that is dug out of the ground. This heavy rock has been assigned value by humans since time immemorial. That value has been its stability as an asset, a refuge from the excesses of rampant speculation, the likes of which often visit stocks (e.g. climaxes in 2000, 2007 and 2022) and sometimes commodities (e.g. 2008, 2011 and 2022). Gold is a good proxy for money, or what money should be. A stable entity retaining value through the up and down cycles over decades and centuries.


The Cheap Fuel Correlate

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In the modest minds of most Americans, lower gas prices means Good Times. Not really, no. My view is that energy prices are heading much, much lower, and while that may sound like good news, I believe it speaks to a weakening global economy overall. Here, by way of example, is a graphic illustrating that plunging gas prices actually line up with bad economies, not good ones.


Grey Swans

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I wanted to take an opportunity to take stock of where this rally is in relation to the possible all time high retests that I was talking about in my post on 14th June just before the 2022 low was made. I have done three main posts looking at this and a possible news background that might help deliver those high retests from the decent looking bull flags that have formed in 2022 on all four of the main US indices that I watch from those all time highs

These are those three posts which are worth another look as there is more in them than I will be reviewing in this post.

Through A Glass Darkly – 14th Jun

Blood In The Streets – 17th Jun

The Evolving Markets – 8th Jul