Giving Thanks!

By Todd Harrison  NOV 24, 2010 3:15 PM

Gratitude is latitude as we edge towards 2011.


The greatest wisdom is bred as a function of pain. Given the painful strain the last few years, it’s time to reflect upon the wisdom of gratitude and the blessing of perspective as we edge into the holiday stretch.

With Thanksgiving upon us, I would like to take a moment to humbly acknowledge my blessings, some of which have little to do with financial markets.

And I’m thankful there are people who will read this column in the manner with which it is offered.

There’s no denying we live in difficult times. With unemployment on the rise and societal acrimony on the prowl, it’s easy to point fingers, place blame, and long for what we want rather than appreciate what we’ve got. The geopolitical landscape is fragile; one sneeze away from protectionism, isolationism, or perhaps something worse.

Each of us is blessed to be in a position to make our mark and do our part to effect a positive outcome. That is not to be squandered.

Society is a sum of the parts; as part of society, it’s not only our right to question the status quo, it’s our responsibility. That doesn’t mean we should grab a pitchfork and vilify our leaders, it simply means we should be heard, for there is strength in numbers and unity in benevolence.

And that, my friends, is something to be thankful for.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at

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