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.

Gartman: the final fade

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I was intrigued – – but not the least bit surprised – – to see this headline:

While Dennis claims that he’s throwing in the towel in order to work on his golf game, I strongly suspect the true reason is that these markets have become untradeable, except for the buy-AAPL-and-hold-forever technique, funded wholly by the Fed (thus, in turn, by the taxpayers of the year 2382).

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Into the Wild

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I was recently on an extremely lengthy plane ride, so I decided to watch a movie. They had over 100 different choices, and nothing really grabbed me. However, as I was glancing at the list a second time, I decided to see what I thought of Into the Wild, which I vaguely remembered was about a young man who trekked to Alaska and perished there.

One of my older brothers, just after high school, decided to hitchhike his way to Alaska. This is from Louisiana, remember, and it was during the mid 1970s. In other words, this was insane. At the time, I didn’t really give it a second thought, but as a parent myself now, I can hardly believe he got out of the house with such plans. My kids are just about fully grown, and I still wait outside the bathroom door for them at restaurants, so I can’t imagine just sending a kid off for the entire summer and hoping maybe he’d return in a couple of months.

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Public and Private

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Many years ago, when I was in high school, I made an odd goal for myself: that every moment of my life, when viewed in retrospect, would be an embarrassment to me. Hey, so far, so good! No, seriously. That’s what I told myself. The reason was because, in my view, if I was more or less on a general path of improvement through my life, I should be able to look in the rear-view mirror and shake my head at the Tim I saw behind me.

Although I hardly view the shortcomings of my past, which are legion, with any kind of delight or achievement, I was reminded of this peculiar adolescent pact because of something I realized about myself which I’ve had wrong my entire life.

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Wipeout 94301

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As a resident of the fair city of Palo Alto, California, I have watched with a combination of bemusement and dismay as real estate prices have, over the past three years, reversed course. Mostly, however, I feel a sense of relief that we still have proof that trees do not, as the saying goes, grow to the sky. Although in the case of stocks, such as AAPL below, this has yet to be demonstrated.

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Improved Verily

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You will be pleased to know that our IV Rank feature, introduced fewer than 100 hours ago, has already been substantially improved.

Volatility, which SlopeCharts already has here, measures the implied volatility of a given financial instrument based upon its options pricing. The volatility varies from instrument to instrument, but for any one instrument, it’s the relative volatility that is of interest to us.

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