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.
On Friday afternoon, I received an email from a premium member which read, in part:
I’ve been a diamond member for a short while (less than a year). I’m trying to better understand the best way to use your services. I get the impression that it’s not necessarily a trade recommendation service since it can be difficult to see your entries/exits unless you state your stops. I think it’s a service to promote the learning and usage of charts to enhance trading but I’m not sure about that since there doesn’t seem to be much instruction (unless I missed it). So I thought I’d go straight to the source to get your elevator pitch on how I should be using it.
Membership prices for Bronze and Silver are going up on Thursday. That means for new members, starting Thursday, the monthly and annual fees will be higher (this does not applying to existing users, including those who sign up between now and Wednesday; for them, the lower prices are locked in as long as they hold their subscriptions).
A quick recap of some of the core improvements to Slope recently:
- The elimination of all third party advertisements, which were making the site slow and gross-looking; now it’s pure 100% Slope;
- Improved comments system, which auto-refreshes much more swiftly than before;
- Improved hosting on better servers, making for a faster and more reliable Slope of Hope.
A jump in the pool can be refreshing and thought-provoking. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s the closest thing I do to meditation, and aside from my standing all day at a desk, swimming is the best exercise I get.
On Wednesday evening I jumped into the pool for the first time since Thailand, and it occurred to me I’ve got some thanks that are due:
This post is explicitly aimed at those at the Sloper level of service (in other words, free users). I’d like to strongly encourage you to consider signing up for a Bronze membership, which is our cheapest one. Besides all the cool stuff you get with your memberships, here are my reasons to do this immediately instead of in the future:
- On August 1, the price is going up 50%;
- I am going to take away a number of free features and put them into Bronze (and the higher levels, obviously), such as the Reporting This Week earnings calendar and the options chain page, besides all the features listed below;
- As as reminder, I deliberately removed commercial advertisements from the site (and sacrificed the substantial revenue in doing so) in order to make Slope faster and better-looking, so, c’mon, you could at least throw a few bucks my way each month to support Slope. You’re a serious trader. Is $9.95 a hardship? I bet not!
Now that we’ve upgraded our servers, some folks are having trouble logging in, since their browsers are confused (basically straddling the old servers and the new servers). The solution to this is easy: delete your browser cookies. If you don’t know how, just go to Google and type “how to delete cookies in ” followed by whatever browser you use. Here’s what it looks like in Chrome, for example
A couple of days ago, I mentioned a new marketing campaign that the tastyworks brokerage is running right now (basically letting you pretend-trade with $5,000 virtual bucks, from which you could earn $250 in real cash if you made at least $250 in profits over a two day span). They sent me a bit more information I wanted to share. Click here if you want to play.