🎅🏻Synopsis: Once again, a jolly old elf gives investors the gift
that keeps on giving. Believe it!
‘Twas the week after Christmas
Two-thousand and nineteen,
The bears were seeing red
The bulls counting up their green.
The stockings were emptied
And the tree stripped bare,
In hopes the recycling truck
Soon would be there.
When out in the garage
I heard such a din,
I sprang from the couch
and banged the table with my shin.
My curses and cries
Rang out through the walls,
As I opened the door and exclaimed
“Well, deck my halls!”
For there in the cold gray garage
And the fading wintery light,
Stood that jolly old elf of yore,
A most delightful, welcome sight.
‘Midst the strings of lights and ornaments
all bound up for the attic,
He stroked at his beard and laughed
Finding mirth at my look of panic.
Still dressed all in red
and a bit more portly than last year,
I forgot about my aching leg
and invited him in for a beer.
He smiled and begged off
“In truth, I’m in a hurry....
I just dropped in to check up on
your investor’s wall of worry.”
“Santa,” I gushed,
“you seem to have cured all,
Not much remains of all those worries
that I wrote about just this Fall!
Clients are all quite jolly
pleased with 2019’s return!”
Then he arched a snowy white eyebrow and sighed
“When will you ever learn?
The past is but a memory
The present fading fast,
You must focus on tomorrow
And know that nothing ever lasts!
There’s no sneak preview like George Bailey,
or crystal ball for us to see,
There is no ghost of Christmas future
no one to show us what will be.
It’s the long term that matters,
keep your clients on their path,
That’s the gift that keeps on giving,
and it doesn’t require advanced math.”
He backed away quick
Said the last with a snicker,
Then opened the garage door
With a press of the clicker.
And out into the night
The old elf he departed,
A guru so wise...
An advisor so big-hearted!
And I heard him exclaim
As he sprung to his reindeer,
Above the clanging of his sleigh bells
“Don’t give in to your fears!
Markets will rise,” he exclaimed
“And sometimes they will fall,
That’s how it has ever been...
A history lesson for us all.”
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