Slope of Hope Blog Posts

This is the heart and soul of the web site. Here we have literally tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. You can also click on any category icon to see posts tagged with that particular category.

Happy Days

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I wanted you to know that, only two days after its introduction, we’ve spiffed up our earnings calendar – – prompted by user feedback! See, one thing you need to know about Slope that sets it apart is that if you WRITE me and ask for something, it usually happens, sometimes within hours. I love improving the site. That goes for problems, too. If you see something amiss, WRITE ME. Because in my experience 99 people out of 100 just grimace and move on, and you mustn’t do that. I’m here to make things better.

Friendly Reminder to Torture Yourself

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I want to remind everyone of Slope’s extremely unique page called Woulda Shoulda Coulda which lets you enter in any hypothetical trade and find out:

  • What it would be worth today;
  • What percentage change would have take place;
  • What maximum drawdown you would have had to endure at any point;
  • What the maximum loss would have been from your original investment.

As an example, let’s say the day after I sold Prophet, I put $50,000 into NFLX, which was a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of the cash that went into my account.

So this reveals a $50,000 investment in Netflix would be worth nearly $12 million today. This assumes, of course, I would have had the testicular fortitude to ignore a 22% drop in value and, far worse, a nearly 83% drawdown during this holding period.

I would normally be jumping off a bridge at this point, but I know there’s no way in hell I would have held on, so I’m going to let myself off the hook.

Dedication

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I’ve been working almost my entire life. I have done so because I have almost always been able to labor at something I love.

This web site has been my life for over thirteen years. Far longer than that, however, have been the books I have written. I wrote my first nationally-published book at the age of 16, and I am going to be releasing my 25th book in a few weeks. I consider it my finest work, and a large number of Slopers have kindly volunteered their time to proofread it (note to that group: hang in there, it’s coming).

Each of these books has been dedicated to someone important to me. I have been considering the appropriate person to whom to dedicate what I consider my latest, greatest book. Who has loomed large in my life? Who has always been there for me? And then, on Friday the 13th of all days, it hit me.

And it’s this guy:

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Check Your Privilege

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As a person-who-never-stops-working, I am planning to spend on Independence Day “vacation” putting together the coolest, longest book I’ve ever written. It’s quite a project, and I’m looking forward to releasing it later this summer.

I could use your help on something, though. As you know, since I mention it every 37 seconds, the premium membership on Slope of Hope is called PLUS. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to expand the membership offerings here. I pride myself on being creative, but I’m taking the incredibly non-creative route of naming the offerings Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, just like a zillion other companies do, and just like I did back in the days of my old company, Prophet.

Current PLUS members are going to become Slope Gold members (same price). I am offering a lower-end package called Silver as well as a higher-end package called Platinum (which includes new features I’m not talking about yet, so I’m blurred them out below). I’d like you to look at this grid and let me know any suggestions with respect to who should get what features. I am pretty sure I’ve got all the bases covered here, but I’d love to hear anything you think should be moved from one level of service to another, or a certain feature you’d be willing to pay for. I don’t ask for your help very often, so I’d really appreciate your input on this, particularly if you are, or have been, a paying member at some point. Click on the image if you need to read it a little more clearly.

Three Quick Pro Tips

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On a day when the net change in the Dow Industrials was 0.15%, a bevy of important new trading ideas doesn’t exactly leap to mind. Instead, I’d like to share a trio of suggestions for Slopers who might have overlooked or forgotten about some nice features unique to the site.

Recent Items

New items get stacked into SocialTrade all through the day and night. To see the latest contributions, click here to see the thumbnails, and click on any of the thumbnail images to start paging through these little gems.

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A Faster, Cleaner Slope

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For your non-PLUS users out there, I have a huge gift. A gift which is going to cost me thousands of dollars every month personally. And the gift is: an advertising-free web site.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this. Indeed, before the new site launch, my attitude had been, “All right, we’re going to crank up ads like crazy; they are going to see ads everywhere they turn!” But for a lot of reasons, I decided to go utterly the opposite direction and completely remove ads from the site.

I’m not sure if I’ll stick with this possibly foolish decision, but I think I will. I am going to focus on PLUS SUBSCRIPTIONS to the exclusion of everything else (and, importantly, ADDING FEATURES to PLUS).

For the immediate moment, however, ALL of you are enjoying a faster Slope, whose speed can immediately be seen as going from this: (more…)