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.

Beating the Meat

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Boredom has seized the market. I can see it in the ES and NQ, which barely budged for most of the day. I can see it in the comments section, where the usual 100+ comments per post has been replaced with 20 to 30. People are falling asleep at their keyboards as we once again are in Pause mode, waiting for the {ferocious expletives redacted} Fed to do their Kabuki theatre show on Wednesday.

One glimmer of activity has been the story stock that everyone loves to hate, Beyond Meat. Who knows where it’ll wind up, but as I’m typing this, just a few minutes into their conference call, it’s definitely seeing some sinkage (although still insanely highly valued).

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Amazon’s Prime Day Earnings Impact (by Moneymiser21)

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While you’re busy this weekend searching through the dearth of deals ahead of Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale…

There’s a reason for you to consider one trade in particular at the close of trading on Prime Day itself.

Flashback to 2015. Amazon turned 20.

Having left its troublesome teenage years… Bezos and friends wanted a way to “celebrate” customers who pay for a Prime membership.

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Synthetic Straddle (by The Director)

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One way to play for both a gain or loss in a stock is to buy a straddle. This involves buying a call and a put at the same time wherein a certain degree of gain or loss in a stock will result in profit, and if there is no or small movement in the stock’s price, there is a small loss that will increase with time. In addition the straddle does better in rising volatility, such as prior to earnings, and worse in pre-existing high volatility which is dropping.

Another strategy that can take advantage of a potential directional opinion, is to obtain a straddle with a mix of stock and options. One can use synthetics to achieve this.

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Dots Upgrade

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We only introduced OptionDots yesterday, but we’ve already made some important improvements.

  • We’ve given you the choice to have just black dots or have color dots to designate in-the-money (green) or out-of-the-money options (red);
  • As you mouse over any dot, it shows you the strike price and expiration;
  • We’ve also added a new option in Preferences that let you control whether or not the SlopeLinks icons are displayed.
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Announcing OptionDots

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Perhaps it seems like I’m making this up as I go along, adding feature after feature all willy-nilly. Believe it or not, I actually have a plan in mind, and we’re getting there one baby step at a time. Here’s another step, and I assure you, this is the start of something much larger.

SlopeCharts now has a one-of-a-kind way to represent the options contracts that exist for a given financial instrument, and we call them OptionDots. To use them, just click on the Delta symbol (that is, the triangle) on the row of SlopeLinks:

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