Market Recon Christmas Message

Good Morning,
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The Greeting
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                        Christmas Eve.  Half Day of Trading.  Presents.  Materialism.  Santa.  What does it all mean?  Not all of that stuff, gang.  True, Christmas has become a cultural holiday, and there really is nothing wrong with that, but let’s not forget….. let’s not ever, ever forget that Christmas is a religious holiday first and foremost.  I am Irish Catholic, and a little (a lot) proud of it.  I grew up in Queens. New York.  I never met a person who went away to college until I got a job at the New York Stock Exchange.  All that means is that I’m going to call a pretty straight shot.
                        The PC crowd has tried to make sure that everyone gets offended by everything these days.  I don’t know where that came from, but I’ve never been offended by anything representative of someone else’s faith.  So…….From me, for those who believe and their families, I wish you the merriest, and most blessed Christmas possible.  As to rest of you (whom I also do love), have an awesome three day weekend.
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The Gut Check
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                         It’s at this time of year that we really have to take stock of our lives.  It’s a good time for a self induced gut check.  Do you love someone who is lost to you, but should not be?  Are you sorry for, or hurt by something that happened way back?  Do you even care about that dirty guy under that dirty blanket that you just walked by this morning?  (He might need to be acknowledged)  You can do this.  We only get 50 or so opportunities like this…. to re-check ourselves, and that’s if you’re lucky.  (Assuming that you live a very long life, and also discounting the years spent prior to you figuring out that you’re the jerk in the room)
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Team
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                         Please don’t be offended.  I certainly do not speak to you from a mountain top.  I have been, and often still am…. that jerk in the room.  We can not improve this place, this country, or this planet, unless we all try.  Silly, right?  Not if we make a stand, clench both fists, and say “No More”.  The ways of this world will not weaken our moral compass.  We will not do, or allow it, because whatever it is, it is now commonplace.  We will do what is right at all times, and under all circumstances.  Our children will see that example, and will then have a better chance.  Our friends will see our lead, and one or two might follow.  This country, our people were not set up to fail.  We will not fail.  It starts with you and I.  We will try…… we must try….. for each other, and then we will try even harder.
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The Blessing
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May God bless each, and every one of you…. especially the most forgotten amongst us.
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For those for whom this applies….. Merry Christmas !!! ….. and for those who are not celebrating….. Happy Weekend !!.