What are you thankful for?
Source: Norman Rockwell Museum
The holidays are a good time to reflect. Whether your portfolio is up or down, whether your side won or lost in the election, or the World Series, or the Academy Awards—or even if you don’t really follow any of that—there are so many things to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for my family, who put up with my quirks and oddities, strange hours and bizarre moods. I know I can be hard to get along with. With family both near and far, there’s little reason, aside from a gracious spirit, for them to keep calling, texting, emailing and otherwise connecting. It’s their love that sustains me.
I’m thankful for my work—a place where I can read and write and reflect and manage. I have colleagues who are intelligent, dedicated, professional, and incredibly detail-oriented. I have a boss and owners of character and compassion who know how hard it is to build a successful business in a competitive industry. They never fail to keep me on my toes.
I’m thankful for our clients, who trust us and work with us and encourage us. They’re the ones who pay the bills. Trust is something that takes decades to build but can be rapidly lost. “Growth comes slowly, but the way to ruin is rapid.” I so appreciate their confidence—it makes us all strive to be better than we’ve ever been, every single day.
I’m especially thankful to live in a free nation with free markets where we can freely worship and make free choices. But freedom isn’t free. I want to say thanks to everyone—past and present—whose sacrifices have made this possible.
Enjoy the holidays. And be sure to say thanks!
Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
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