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.

Crude Strategy

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Photo of oil derricks eclipsing the sun via the Wall Street Journal.

Hey Fellow Slopers: In my last post (“Too Late To Hedge“), I wrote that it was too late to hedge market risk, but it wasn’t too late to go on offense:

Go on offense. If you have cash to put to work, you can buy and hedge Portfolio Armor‘s top names, or open one of the hedged portfolios constructed of them. Portfolio Armor is selecting securities with the aim of generating positive returns, not just losing less than the market, as you can see below.

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Money Flow Flip: SPX vs GOLD vs OIL

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Further to my post of January 9GOLD is poised to take the lead away from the SPX in terms of safe-haven money flow, while money has been fleeing OIL.

As shown on the following monthly comparison chart of the SPXGOLD and OIL, the Balance of Power has shifted from buyers to sellers in the SPX on this timeframe.

For clues as to further weakness or strengthening of the SPX, please refer to my comments with respect the SPX:VIX ratio in my last post, which hints of further weakness. Furthermore, January’s candle formation on the SPX is a shooting star, also a bearish signal in the longer term.

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