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Giving Thanks


What are you thankful for this time around?


The greatest wisdom is bred as a function of pain and given the painful stain in the market of late, perhaps it's apropos that we share the wisdom of gratitude.

It should never take something bad to make you realize that you've got it good. I learned that lesson the hard way-more than once-and while looking into the abyss is never fun, it shifted my perspective to a much better place.

As such, with Thanksgiving upon us, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the bounty of my many blessings:

  • I'm thankful for the tireless work of everyone at MVHQ, for believing in our dream and taking strides each day to achieve it.

  • I'm thankful that I work alongside Kevin Wassong, my very best friend since the first day of my freshman year at Syracuse and, save Ruby, the best man I've ever met.

  • I'm thankful that Charlie Mangano joined the Minyanville family as our Chief Marketing officer.

  • I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to honor my grandfather's good name through our work at The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children's Education.

  • I'm thankful that our editorial squad cares about the credibility of the Minyan voice as much as I do.

  • I'm thankful that Laurie Peterson has joined our effort as the General Manager of Minyanville Family Media.

  • I'm thankful that Will Suarez is running our advertising sales.

  • I'm thankful that the Minyanville Professors further our mission of financial literacy with forthright acumen and steadfast class.

  • I'm thankful for our circle of trust and the network of human capital that comprises our collective Minyanship.

  • I'm thankful that we're going to gather at Festivus, surround ourselves with trusted insight, celebrate life and help alotta kids along the way.

  • I'm thankful that Ruby still guides me.

  • I'm thankful that my grandmother still shares an occasional margarita with her favorite grandson at the age of 87.

  • I'm thankful that my fantastic mother, once fulfilled in Santa Fe , is now closer to her children.

  • I'm thankful that my brother Adam and his family are healthy.

  • I'm thankful for the perspective that 9/11 provided.

  • I'm thankful for each and every Minyan who believes in what we do.

  • I'm thankful for Vanessa, Judith, Len and Allan for all they've done and who they are.

  • I'm thankful for Matt Ford and his efforts to build UMV.

  • I'm thankful for the partners who stacked their chips in the 'Ville.

  • I'm thankful that we got to enjoy John Candy as much as we did.

  • I'm thankful for my memories of Joel Pollack.

  • I'm thankful for Snoop, Saut, Shobin, Santoli, Sedacca and Slaino.

  • I'm thankful that I can hear the sweet sound of music and the laughter of little kids.

  • I'm thankful that I can see sunsets and fall foliage.

  • I'm thankful that I can smell warm fires on winter nights.

  • I'm thankful that I can taste key lime pie.

  • I'm thankful that I can feel cold sheets in a warm bed.

  • I'm thankful that I can still exercise even if I choose not to.

  • I'm thankful that my mistakes become lessons if I choose to learn from them.

  • I'm thankful for the friendship of Television's Jeff Macke and Guy Adami.

  • I'm thankful for my felines Phoebe and Zoë.

  • I'm thankful for Hoofy, Boo, Snapper, Sammy and Daisy.

  • I'm thankful that we've brought them to life.

  • I'm thankful that we'll be doing the same for MV Kids and The Exchange into year-end.

  • I'm thankful for the memories of Crested Butte, Ojai, Vail and the CCA.

  • I'm thankful for each day, even if some are better than others.

  • I'm thankful for friendships that withstand the test of time.

  • I'm thankful for the strength that has allowed me to withstand my hardships.

  • I'm thankful for those trying to affect positive change.

  • I'm thankful for the opportunity to talk to you daily.

  • I'm thankful that I've realized that the purpose of the journey is the journey itself.

  • And I'm thankful for all of the things that I once took for granted. That, despite my latent hypocrisy of living to work rather than working to live, I'm able to recognize that I've still got a lot to learn.

From our family to yours-in the 111 countries that Minyans currently reside-we wish you warmth, wellness and wisdom as we wade through this most unusual world.

May peace be with you.


Holiday Festivus is here! Come join us and support the Ruby Peck Foundation For Children's Education at an old-fashioned Southern-style hoe-down in the heart of New York City on December 7th. Click the image below to learn more!

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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