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.

Derailed

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I’m a libertarian at heart, and as such, I believe that, with few exceptions, pretty much the worst entity to handle any task is a government body. Therefore, over a decade ago, when Californians were sold a pipe dream about a high-speed rail (HSR) that would whisk them from San Francisco to Disneyland in just 2.5 hours, I rolled my eyes.

I didn’t keep my eye-rolling private. Five years ago, in this post, I mentioned the HSR project:

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Bearishness is a Disease. Meet the Cure.

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I’m going to start this important post off with three specific things you can do to support Slope and all the hard work and engineering dollars that go into it:

  1. Don’t block the ads: this costs you nothing. If you’re using an ad blocker, please permit ads to show up on Slope. Do it now. Please. I’ll wait.

  2. Click the ads: If you see an ad that is even mildly interesting, give it a click. Particularly if you see one of those tastyworks ads and want to try out their brokerage.

  3. Become a premium member: This is the granddaddy of them all. The vast majority of Slope features are behind the “walled garden” of premium memberships. Our Gold and Diamond members in particular keep the good ship Slope sailing and improving.

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Sharing SlopeRules

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You may recall in SlopeRules‘ brief lifetime that I’ve made the comparison between it and the first word processor. The first release we created, Version 0.1, was sort of like a word processor that couldn’t save or print. We improved it enough afterward to get it to the “it can save files” point.

I am delighted today to announce that we’re at the “it can print, too!” stage. That is, this thing is actually getting much more powerful. Now it can share.

The notion of “sharing” in SlopeRules is like a two-sided coin. You can share any SlopeRules set you’ve created with the entire community of Slopers. You can also, on the flip side, copy any SlopeRules which others have made public. The community as a whole contributes to the rule sets available and, over time, can help each other build out superior algorithms.

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Improved Results

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Let’s take a step-by-step example as to how a SlopeRules set would be constructed and improved.

When basing rules on indicators, it’s important to know which levels and crossover points are important to different indicators. Below, for instance, are some examples of the CCI, RSI, and %R indicators. As you can see, the y-axis values (highlighted on the right) vary quite a bit from study to study.

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