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.

Do Some Lines

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I am pleased to announce a subtle but very important improvement in SlopeCharts: you can now view line charts on a log scale, instead of being forced to use an arithmetic scale. We had forced this issue earlier, because in instances where values can be negative, we change the graph to a line chart and use the arithmetic scale. Now, SlopeCharts is smarter about it. To illustrate this, below are some Wilshire equity charts, which aren’t quite as jaw-dropping as before, because now the representation is a lot more honest:

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SlopeCharts…….But

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I’ll once again state a theme I’ve embraced, which is Quality instead of Gizmos (Don’t worry, gizmo fans, there will come a day when I go back to that). Thus, any product announcements I make will be more along the lines of “this no longer sucks” as opposed to “Wow, look what I just did!” This is one such post.

One thing that has bothered me forever in SlopeCharts is how, when drawing an object, I couldn’t anchor it into the future. This is easier shown than described, so here’s what I am talking about. Take a few moments to watch:

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Pop-Ups!

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One of the most popular new products on Slope lately has been SlopeAlerts, and with good reason. It provides a nearly real-time mechanism for getting notifications about stocks and crypto prices, including chart-based alerts. We have provided three different ways to get notices – – email, SMS text, or Telegram – – and now we’ve added a “bonus” method, which is accessible via this choice in SlopeCharts preferences:

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