Thanks and Thanksgiving

What is Thanksgiving for?

Photo: Chef Sean Christopher. Source: Wikipedia

Oh, I know that millions will be full of turkey and stuffing and potatoes and football, but why do we make a national holiday out of it?

Part of it has to do with remembering our national legends, the self-image we have of pioneers carving out a life for themselves in the wilderness. We imagine ourselves having the initiative, ingenuity, and cooperation that enabled the early Pilgrims to come, learn, and grow in the New World.

Part of it is a celebration of family, both near and far. Thanksgiving is a time of gatherings and traditions. At a time of economic stress and political turmoil, family ties are more important than ever.

And simple pleasures have always been an important part of the holiday. Sports, basic food, and relationships: there’s little controversial or divisive about these icons.

From the moment that Abraham Lincoln declared a “National Day of Thanksgiving” during the Civil War, Americans have paused in November to count their blessings. Sometimes simplest pleasures are best, and the best things in life aren’t things. As we look back at a year of tumult and forward at an uncertain future, let’s give thanks for how far we’ve come, and for all the potential we see in one another.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

By | 2017-07-17T12:21:37+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Global Market Update|0 Comments

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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. –
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