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.

Compound Miracle

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The table below is fascinating, because it shows the jaw-dropping power of compound interest (as well as how much a different a small percentage makes over the long haul). The top performing stock over 30 years from the S&P 500, AMZN, had an annualized return of 33.6% whereas Microsoft, another mega-tech giant, provided 20.3%. Both excellent returns, right? The difference is that, over the past 30 years, $10,000 would have grown to $2.5 million with MSFT but $24 million with AMZN!

You can experiment yourself with “what if?” scenarios like this with this free page on Slope.

Moonstruck (5 of 9)

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Preface to all nine parts: today is Eclipse Day, so I am giving myself an exceptionally rare day off. I have no idea if I'll see anything, because there's so much cloud cover. In spite of that, I had devoted the entire day to this quest, so I'm setting up some posts in advance so my dear readers do not get bored. Once this all blows over, I'll be sure to tell you about whatever adventures I had during my Texas journey.

Let’s suppose you were about to head outdoors, and you asked me the temperature so you could dress appropriately. “It’s thirty-two”, I tell you. So you slip on a thick coat, a scarf, and a hat, then you head outside.

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Freshen up the Slope App

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As a person who prefers eight very large monitors on his desk for maximum screen real estate, I’ve always puzzled why anyone would want to watch the world of financial markets on a screen the size of a business card. In spite of my misgivings, a huge portion of Slope users actually get to the site via our mobile app, and I wanted to mention that we’ve done an important tweak which would make upgrading it worthwhile. Specifically, the charts look better. Here, for instance, is a snapshot I just took off my iPad.

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