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.

NEW! Date Analysis

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You are going to LOVE this one. Please note to hit Ctrl-F5 on your SlopeCharts page to try it out (so you get a fresh copy).

SlopeCharts continues to get farther and farther ahead of everyone else, including my (now-deceased) former creation, ProphetCharts, which evidently Ameritrade finally took out behind the barn and shot. (Actually, a Sloper just told me some folks can still get to it, but Ameritrade has said it’s gone for good next month).

We introduced Time Perspective charts only a few days ago. Now we have doubled down on this excellence with a new button, Date Analysis, which you will see at the top of SlopeCharts when you are in Time Perspective mode (as a reminder, this is a premium service, so if you’re not a subscriber yet, there’s no time like the present, especially since I’m about to increase prices on July 1st).

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The Egg

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A friend of mine shared this brief tale written by Andy Weir, which I think is brilliant. I believe there is tremendous truth here, and it aligns very closely to what I currently accept as reality. Enjoy!

You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

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Chart of the Year

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This is the part of the job I love the most: telling you about new products and features. And this one is a doozy. It took much longer than I thought, and was far more complex than originally anticipated, so we’ve rolled out a beta version (buggy, but quite usable) that I’m delighted to announce. The new feature in SlopeCharts is called Annual Overlay. (Let me say at the outset that I’m not crazy about that name, so if you think of something better, please email me!!)

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Dealing with Disaster

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Before I begin, I wanted to mention at the outset that we’re planning on taking the site down tonight for 20 minutes (hopefully!) as an important step in speeding up everything. The speed improvement won’t be done for about another week or so, but at 1:00 a.m. EST we’re going to be shutting things down, so please know this is planned. Now, on with the post…….

When I started the trading day on Monday morning, I was puzzled and startled by a rather large loss, because the ES and NQ were only up a little bit. It only took a moment or two for my eyes to land on the culprit:

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Road to Nowhere

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Over the past eighteen months, the market has been absolutely flooded with money. In 2018, U.S. companies poured well over $1.1 trillion into buying back their own stock. In 2019, they’re doing the same thing, but at an even faster pace. Central bankers around the world have managed, intervened, and blasted a firehose of cash any time the market dared descend a tenth of a percent. And a hapless public has, of course, been gobbling up everything from Pinterest to Beyond Meat.

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