The end of this week marks the winter solstice. There is not a lot about that specific day to be excited about. On one hand, it is the darkest and shortest day of the year. On the other, it is the middle of winter, so it’s cold! As an added kicker, this year we even get to find out that day whether our Federal government is going to be “shut-down” (again), but I digress.
To me, the symbolic nature of this day is that it is essentially breathing life to a new year. Every day from this point forward is a little bit brighter, and it lasts a little bit longer. It is a great reminder that all dark and cold seasons come to an end. It also means we are getting closer to spring and warmer days again.
This has not been the most fun quarter (or year) to be an investor. Almost everything around the globe is down. It suddenly feels dark and cold in financial markets and there is no shortage of scary headlines out there…especially if you go looking for them.Continue reading “The Fed, Government Shutdowns & the Winter Solstice”